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Experience in Biomedical engineering – University of Reading

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    Work in the biomedical engineering field as part of your degree

Experience in Biomedical engineering

Biomedical Engineering is a practical discipline, one that asks us to find answers to difficult questions. By taking a placement you will gain valuable experience towards your career.

Placements during your degree

heartYou will have the opportunity to take an industrial placement as part of your degree. This will help you to make a name for yourself in your chosen industry and develop new skills. If you are interested in a research career, we offer an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP). Taken over six weeks during summer (or longer if part-time), you will work with academics on research projects. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the advancement of knowledge and has in the past sometimes led to offers of a PhD.

Where can you take your placement?

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In the past, students have undertaken placements with GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, STFC, Virgin Media, Royal Berkshire Hospital, and other major organisations.

Our shorter placements provide the option for academic placements.

Supporting you whilst on placement

bme prostheticWhilst you are on placement, you are still a student at the University of Reading. This means that you will be fully informed about the employer before you go, with all expectations and requirements laid out in advance. It also means that you will have the advantage of being in regular contact with expert academics within the School. We have a dedicated Placement Officer who will be able to give you advice and feedback, and visit you as you work to ensure all is well. The support offered as part of your placement is an excellent opportunity to break into a biomedical engineering career whilst still having access to the knowledge and facilities of the academic world.


Watch our haptics videos to get a flavour of the exciting research you can conduct on a research placement, under the supervision of internationally renowned leaders. Our past undergraduate placement students have presented their research at the Houses of Parliament and published and presented their work at international conferences. Some have also gone on to complete PhDs, embark on successful research careers, or form their own start-up companies.

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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.


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