School of Engineering


Work placement team 

Work 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/BEng with Work Placement follows the same academic structure as our full-time MSc/BEng programme, with the addition of the work placement element. The academic year begins with an MSc/BEng induction programme in September (for September entry). The first teaching semester runs until January, and the second from January to the beginning of June. You will then undertake your work placement in an engineering-related organisation, which will last a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 15 weeks, before returning to complete your dissertation.

What is the Work Placement Module?

The Work Placement Module is made up from three parts:

  • A placement within an engineering related organisation
  • 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 Placement 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. If you are an EU/UK student, you may consider a European Funded placement with our business or universities partners.

How do students find a Professional Placement?

You are responsible for finding your own work 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.