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Professional Placement Year


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Get the edge

A Professional Placement Year is available on many of our Undergraduate programmes as a 4 year programme or you can convert to one at a later stage. Doing a Placement Year will help you to grow in confidence, learn new skills and build professional networks. You may even get a job offer before you finish your placement. We will help you every step of the way.

Hannah Newman, MChem Chemistry

Analytical Chemist, CEM Analytical Services Ltd

Hannah completed her Professional Placement Year in analytical chemistry working on the development of pharmaceutical drugs. Like Hannah, you can make a real impact in an industry you are passionate about.

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Jake Lacey, BSc Zoology

Volunteer, RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre

Jake has always had a passion for reptiles and his Professional Placement Year with RSPCA Reptile Rescue Centre in Brighton has provided an experience beyond his expectations. Follow in Jake’s footsteps and find a placement that will make a real difference.

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Isabella La Gumina, BSc Economics

Payment Strategy Analyst, Nationwide

Before starting her Professional Placement Year at Nationwide, Isabella didn’t know what a Payment Strategy Analyst was. A year down the line Isabella is fully immersed into professional life and her confidence has rocketed. She’s comfortable presenting to large audiences and now knows exactly what she’s looking for in a graduate job.

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Professional Placement Year

Meet three of our students who chose to undertake a Professional Placement Year and learn more about their experiences and tips for students considering doing the same.

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The Placement Journey

Every placement journey is different, from being pushed out of your comfort zone, to influencing business decisions or working on exciting and innovative projects. Each professional placement year brings unique experiences that define your journey.


The University’s Placements Team will support you throughout your placement journey. From regular training sessions and workshops, to one-to-one support. Your dedicated Placement Co-ordinator and Placement Tutor will help you every step of the way.

First Times

A Professional Placement Year will provide lots of new experiences and sometimes challenges. Our placement students share their favourite memories from their placement year.

Making it work

Our Placement Year students share their top tips and give practical pointers.

Getting personal

Our students share their personal reasons for doing a Professional Placement Year and give advice to students thinking about following in their footsteps.

Boot camps

At our Part 1 and 2 Boot Camps, students spend the day preparing for the placement year recruitment and selection process with industry experts and our team. Check out why our previous attendees felt the session gave them an advantage.

Professional Placement Year

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