Student Placement FAQs

What is a degree with a year in industry?

Degrees with a year in industry are degree programmes that last 4 years and where the students complete a period of employment between their second and final years of study. The modules taken by the students are the same as in the corresponding degrees without the year in industry option. Industrial placements typically run from summer to summer, with the earliest start in mid June and the latest in September. Students are paid by their employers and the placement year is an integral part of the degree course, is formally assessed and contributes to the final degree classification.

What are the degree programmes with a year in industry offered by the department?

For each of the degree programmes run by the department, we offer a corresponding programme with a year in industry option.

The computer science department offers seven single-subject degrees with a year in industry:

  • BSc Computer Science With a Year in Industry G403
  • BSc Computing with a Year in Industry G402
  • BSc Electronic Commerce Computing With a Year in Industry G491
  • BSc Computer Information Systems With a Year in Industry G502
  • BSc Internet Computing With a Year in Industry G503
  • BSc Software Development With a Year in Industry G611
  • BSc Artificial Intelligence With a Year in Industry G701

How long do placements last and when do they start?

Placements last a minimum of 8 months and up to 12 months. The earliest start date is June with the latest in September. The only requirement is that placement end by the fist week in September.

How are placements assessed?

There are four assessments that students need to complete during their placement, and these are typically marked either by two academic members of staff, or jointly by the industrial and the academic supervisor. The assessments consist of an introductory report and a final report marked by the academic supervisor, and by another academic member of staff; a presentation outlining the work carried out during the placement, and the overall performance in the placement. The latter two are marked by the industrial and the academic supervisor.

How much are students paid?

Typically students earn from approximately 12,000 to 18,000 pounds per year. This is usually around 65% of an average graduate salary.

What is expected from an employer?

Employers should be able to offer job opportunities that allow students to deal with real tasks and responsibilities. To put into practice what they have learned through their University studies so far and to acquire new skills. We would expect employers to become an integral part of the student learning experience during the placement by actively participating in the assessment of the students and by nominating an industrial supervisor to monitor and mentor a student undertaking a placement.

We would like employers to allow the students to join any internal training programme that could be relevant for the student, and to allow and be present at the on-site meetings with the academic supervisor and to inform the academic supervisor of any concerns they might have.

What kind of support is offered by the University and the Department?

The University of Liverpool is fully committing in supporting students and employers before and throughout the industrial placement. Placements are jointly organised and managed by the University Careers service and by the Department of Computer Science.

The department nominates an academic supervisor who will visit the company premises twice during the course of the placement and who jointly marks the assessments carried out during the industrial placement. The academic supervisor is the first point of contact for the employer.

The Department has also a dedicated placement coordinator who ensures that all placements run smoothly.

What about confidential information during the placement?

The University can arrange for non disclosure agreements are signed by all the academic members of staff that are involved in the assessment of placements students.

What companies have hosted placements?

Students from our department have undertaken placements with a variety of large companies and SMEs including Network Rail, Eon, IBM, Atos, WebEx/Cisco, LCOGT, Rutherford Appleton Labs, Comptel. For more information see our student testimonials.

How do I recruit the students?

Once you have identified a need for a placement student and have a job description you can either contact Dr Valentina Tamma at the department of Computer Science or Ms Clare Martindale at Careers Services who will assist in advertising the position and will provide more general advice about placements. It is the employer's responsibility to choose the selection method, and to provide all the relevant information such as closing dates, salary levels and the type of selection method used.

How many students are currently enrolled in a degree with a year in industry?

Currently one third of our year three students are enrolled in a degree with a year in industry. In the past the majority of our students received and accepted graduate job offers from their placement employers. Many students also continue to work part time for their placement employer during their final year, and complete their final year project with them.

Who should I contact?

All enquiries should be addressed to Dr Valentina Tamma, Director of the Undergraduate Programmes With a Year in Industry.