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    Benefit from our extensive links with industry and build your network

Placements in industry

You will build up a strong network of contacts through our series of events, collaborations and placements with our industry connections.

Placements offer you an excellent opportunity to experience industry, enhancing your skills and knowledge, while further developing your network. Placements can help shape your interests, enabling you to develop strong foundations for your future career.

Practical experience*

"The University of Reading offers the opportunity to take a year out of your studies to work in industry. I found a company to sponsor me with whom I will be working for during my placement year, which is between my second and third year of study. I completed a summer placement with my sponsorship company and learned a vast amount, providing me with invaluable knowledge that I could then apply to university modules. For example, the projects module which focused on facades and cladding systems and another project on internal space design, which, conveniently, is what I spent my summer placement working on."

Isobel Armstrong

BSc Construction Management and Surveying

You can choose to complete a year in industry as part of your degree. All of our undergraduate degrees offer the opportunity to transfer onto a course that includes a one-year salaried industry placement immediately prior to your final year. If you choose this option your degree title will include "with a Year in Industry". The ability to switch onto longer course provides you with extra flexibility in your decision making.

You can also decide to undertake shorter summer placements in the UK or overseas, which typically last between four to eight weeks. You will be able to utilise the many networking opportunities we offer to find a placement, fully supported by our placement officer in the department.

Placements offer wide-ranging benefits:

  • Extend your skillset and knowledge in a professional setting
  • Learn from industry examples, which you can feed into your studies
  • Develop industry relationships and build your personal network
  • Enhance your CV, helping you to stand out
  • Discover potential future career paths and develop your own interests.

*(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.)

Career development module

In your final year, you have the option of selecting the Career Development module, which allows you to achieve credits for your placement activity. This module helps you to understand the transition to the workplace and how to increase your chance of securing employment. Throughout this module there is a strong focus on reflection. This helps you become accustomed to the nature of the professional competence assessments, which you will undertake on your journey to becoming chartered.

Industry partners

An extensive range of companies have offered placements to our students in the past. These include:

AECOM John Rowan & Partners
Alinea Jones Lang LaSalle
Arcadis Kier
Berkeley Group Laing O'Rourke
Costain Lambert Smith Hampton
Faithful+Gould Mace
Gardiner & Theobold Morgan Sindall
GVA Turner and Townsend

Guest speakers

Experts from industry are actively engaged with our courses, including professionals from many of the companies listed above. Our guests share current and topical insights from practice, in a range of industry areas, and are eager to network and connect with our students. Our events offer prime opportunities for you to build your personal network, making connections which could lead to a placement, or even future employment.

"I come back to Reading once a year to deliver guest lectures. I talk about the work I do now, linking this to the students' work to give them real case-study examples. I think it's really important to break down the barrier between universities and companies, so we can teach students valuable lessons for industry."

Dr Dimitris Antoniadis

MSc in Project Management graduate
Head of Programme Management, UK Power Networks

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