Year in Industry

A life-changing experience highly valued by employers

The Year in Industry is undertaken as part of our four year sandwich programmes. You will be supported in finding and applying for a placement in an organisation which could range from a local small/medium-sized enterprise to a global blue chip company: it’s up to you. 

Students go on placement during their third year of study for a minimum of 40 weeks. The placement year, which includes a variety of assessments including a presentation and a reflective diary, accounts for 10% of the overall degree classification.


The benefits of taking a Year in Industry?

  • Develop the key skills employers are looking for;
  • Understand the relationship between academic theory and work place practice;
  • Test out career options;
  • Learn about workplace cultures and discipline; and
  • Earn money whilst you study.
  • 99% of our Year in Industry students achieve a 1st or 2:1 class degree


During the first two years of study, our students take part in a range of career sessions and a Mock Assessment Centre through our Placement Preparation Module that will help develop the essential skills needed to succeed in winning a placement in the hugely competitive graduate internship market, including researching potential employers, application writing and interview techniques. The sessions also support students to develop the employability skills that are essential in the workplace.

The Management School also provides support to students on placement in the form of regular visits and calls from a dedicated Placement Supervisor.

Source a placement that suits you

With increasing numbers of employers looking for students with work experience, and many now using their year in industry schemes as a way to recruit, it can be a good way to enhance the relevant employability skills and work experience that will help you on your way to a graduate job.

Recent Year in Industry students have undertaken placements in organisations:

  • Airbus
  • Aldi
  • Bank of England
  • Boohoo
  • British Airways
  • BT
  • Deloitte
  • Disney
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • GSK
  • IBM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • L'Oréal
  • Microsoft
  • PwC
  • Rolls Royce
  • Siemens
  • Sony
  • Unilever
  • Viacom for Nickelodeon
  • Warner Bros
  • As well as many local small to medium sized companies.


If you have any questions about taking a Year in Industry why not read our Frequently Asked Questions section.

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