Year in industry

We give our undergraduate students the option of a year in industry prior to commencing the final year of their degree programme.

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. It is formally assessed, and contributes to the final degree classification.

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 first 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.

What kind of support is offered by the university and the department?

The University of Liverpool is fully committed to 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 Electrical Engineering.

The department runs a series of workshops in semester one for potential industry students, with the support from careers and employability. The aim of the workshops is to help students understand the placements and advise students on how to make applications. Further support including CV writing, making effective online applications and mock interviews is also available throughout the year.

All of our programmes can be taken with a year in industry


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Here are some companies our students have worked for:

Collage of companies students have gone to