Science and technology work placements

Work placements are a great way to boost your employability and gain practical experience. As well as being a great way to put your skills to the test and help you stand out when competing for graduate jobs.

To enhance your work experience, we offer an optional placement in industry, the length of this varies across our courses and could be anywhere from a year long, 6-12 months or a shorter work placement of between 10-15 weeks.

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Kieran talks about his placement opportunities

How do I find a placement?

You’ll be responsible for finding your own placement. We’ll support you in preparation for this. We can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and undertake practice interviews.

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The University helped prepare me through a mock interview, and everything they told me was 100% correct with what types of questions and how to answer in the interview.
aerospace engineering student standing up smiling
Kieran Steele
Manufacturing Engineering Intern, Rolls-Royce plc

Postgraduate industrial placement opportunity

To enhance your work experience you may have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by three to nine months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.

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I learnt a lot, I had a full years' experience, and was offered a job upon graduating. Due to my experience with the company they offered me a higher starting salary. Having this experience on my CV has definitely benefited me in job applications.
Jack Tierney
Jack Tierney
Placement Software Test Engineer, Imagination Technologies
Are you an employer looking to recruit our student talent or advertise your vacancies?

"Eric Wright Civil Engineering can offer a ‘real work environment’ for students studying either civil engineering or related courses and is a market leading civil engineering contractor in the Lancashire and North West region. We enjoy working with UCLan and their students as they are enthusiastic and have a good level of knowledge from their studies which translates well when they begin work on our complex civil engineering projects."

Gavin Hulme, Operations Director, Eric Wright Civil Engineering Lt
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