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Placements – University of Reading

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  • Add to your CV while you study

    Gain professional experience and enjoy the chance to apply what you learn


Enhance your career prospects, apply what you learn during your studies and develop a network of contacts through a work placement*.

We regularly provide opportunities for you to undertake paid or unpaid placements at companies and organisations within the meteorological, climate and related sectors. You can opt to do a placement during a vacation period, such as over summer, or in between your second and final year by choosing one of our courses with a built-in placement year.

In recent years, students within the Department have undertaken placements with organisations such as:

  • The Met Office
  • WeatherNet
  • Meteogroup
  • EDF Trading

Dedicated placement support

Our dedicated placements officer, who is based within the overarching School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, is there to help you with finding and applying for placements. They will also provide support during your placement, acting as a source of independent advice and guidance should you need it.

The RED Award

The Reading Experience and Development Award is a formal record of any placements or volunteering you undertake during your studies that is included in your final University results transcript. It shows that your extracurricular experiences are recognised and will help you to share details of them with prospective employers when you graduate.

​Study one of our courses with a placement year

Gain valuable industry experience through one of our undergraduate courses with a built-in placement year:

*Programmes with a Professional Placement Year (also known as 'Year in Industry' or 'Placement Year') are fully dependent on students securing their own placement opportunity, normally through a competitive recruitment process. The University provides dedicated career and application support for placement year students. Students who do not secure a placement or who are unable to complete the placement year due to extenuating circumstances, have the option to transfer to a three year variant of their programme with agreement from their school/department.

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