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MSc with Professional Placement

Professional placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the culture and language in engineering profession as gaining technical skill and experience.

Programme of study

Our MSc with Professional Placement follows the same academic structure as our MSc, with the addition of the placement element and is a two year, full-time programme. The academic year begins with an MSc induction programme in September. The first teaching semester runs until January, and the second from January to the beginning of June. You will then undertake your professional placement in an engineering-related organisation, which will be for a minimum of 38 weeks and a maximum of 40 weeks, and then return to complete your dissertation.

What is the Professional Placement Module?

The Professional Placement Module is made up of four parts:

  • A placement within an engineering related organisation
  • A presentation to a small group of students
  • A written reflection diary of the placement
  • A written final reflective report of the placement

As the placement is part of the master’s degree, it is usually unpaid. However, the University or placement provider will cover your travel expenses to ensure that the placement is accessible. You may also apply for placement positions for which salaries are attached.

Where do our Placements students go on Placement?

There are a few placement companies who have taken our undergraduate students over the past few years and are willing to host postgraduate students. As it is a new 2015 initiative, a list of organisations currently hosting students will be added.

How do students find a Professional Placement?

You are responsible for finding your own placement; however the module tutor provides a wide range of support through timetabled taught sessions and workshops, one-to-one sessions and online resources. All students are supported to develop their CV and written approaches to companies, as well as helped to develop a range of professional and social media skills to support you with your placement search as well as your longer term job searching.


BEng with Industrial Placement

Professional placements are as much about gaining an insight and understanding of the culture and language in engineering profession as gaining technical skill and experience.

Programme of study

Our BEng with Professional Placement follows the same academic structure as our BEng, with the addition of the placement element and is a two year, full-time programme. The academic year begins with an BEng induction programme in September. The first teaching semester runs until January, and the second from January to the beginning of June. You will then undertake your professional placement in an engineering-related organisation, which will be for a minimum of 38 weeks and a maximum of 40 weeks, and then return to complete your dissertation.

What is the Industrial Placement Module?

The Industrial Placement Module is made up of four parts:

  • A placement within an engineering related organisation
  • A presentation to a small group of students
  • A written reflection diary of the placement
  • A written final reflective report of the placement

As the placement is part of the top-up degree, it is usually unpaid. However, the University or placement provider will cover your travel expenses to ensure that the placement is accessible. You may also apply for placement positions for which salaries are attached.

Where do our Placements students go on Placement?

There are a few placement companies who have taken our undergraduate students over the past few years and are willing to host undergraduate students. As it is a new 2015 initiative, a list of organisations currently hosting students will be added.

How do students find an Industrial Placement?

You are responsible for finding your own placement; however the module tutor provides a wide range of support through timetabled taught sessions and workshops, one-to-one sessions and online resources. All students are supported to develop their CV and written approaches to companies, as well as helped to develop a range of professional and social media skills to support you with your placement search as well as your longer term job searching.