Excellent placement opportunities
Put your learning to practical use, have a great experience and make yourself stand out in the field - take a year-long placement in your Zoology degree.
"It was really exciting to be involved in a project that was helping to progress our national security. And [the job offer]was a real acknowledgement that the contributions I made to this area of science during my placement have been valued."
Work as you learn
Zoology opens the door to many rewarding careers, but sometimes you need something extra to help you land your dream job. By taking a placement between your second and third year, you will have the opportunity to learn about the industry and gain valuable experience. We have an excellent relationship with many employers, which means that our partner organisations trust you and are happy to show you the mechanics of the industry. While taking a placement, you remain a student at the University and have access to guidance and support.
Jake Lacey, recent BSc Zoology graduate, has always had a passion for reptiles. His Professional Placement Year with RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre in Brighton provided an experience beyond his expectations. Watch our video to find out more.
If a year-long placement isn't a practical option for you, you might like to consider a shorter summer placement as part of the University of Reading's UROP scheme (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme). This means that you can fit your placement around your other commitments.
Supporting you on placement
Placements are managed by the School of Biological Sciences in partnership with the University's Placement and Development Team, who liaise with employers. The Placement and Development Team are always available to provide advice and support, and will visit you on placement to ensure that you are settling in and happy with your responsibilities. You can also stay in touch with the School of Biological Sciences itself - some of the top minds in Zoology will be there to advise and guide you.
Many students who have taken placements are subsequently offered a job with their employer after they graduate.
Find out more about placements
The University is keen that everyone's placement should be as useful as possible. Learn more about institution-wide support for placements.