Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer

Industrial Placements


If you are interested in gaining industrial experience this can be achieved by spending a year employed full-time by an industrial company between the second and third years of your degree course.

Industrial placements are generally encouraged because they provide a number of benefits including experience of working in the 'real' world, the chance to earn money and students who have spent a year in industry often return with a much clearer idea of the way they see their career progressing and are highly motivated during their third year of study.


There are two routes for spending a year in industry:

  1. If you registered on a "with Industrial Experience" degree programme an industrial placement is a formal part of your studies. You spend between 9 months and a year in industry between your second and third (fourth, in effect) years of study.

    During your second year you have to do two things:

    1. attend the careers component for COMP23420 which is held in welcome week; and
    2. find an approved placement.
  2. If you are registered for a degree without industrial experience there are two ways in which you can spend a year gaining industrial experience between your second and third years:

    1. change degree to a wIE degree; or
    2. intercalat (interrupt).

    Interrupting your degree programme will require permission from the School and from any body providing external funding (LEA for example).

Application process

  1. Apply for placements which appeal to you
  2. When a company offers you a contract complete the School application form BEFORE signing the contract
  3. When the School confirms that the placement is appropriate sign the contract offered by the placement company.

Work suitability

You should get advice about the suitability of a job before you apply. The earlier you do this, the better.

Before permission will be granted for a placement the School must be convinced that the job will complement your degree studies.

Jobs which involve a degree of systems analysis, a chance to learn about design or implementation of systems, or maintenance of systems (or other employment where you will have a good opportunity to learn about some aspect of computing which is likely to be beneficial to your subsequent studies and career) will qualify.

Getting a job as a data preparation person, or working in a totally unrelated area will not qualify.


Students are accepted on to placements between November of the autumn term and May of the summer term.

The School prefers to know which students are spending a year in industry by the 31st May, although permission can still be obtained later, but only with the expression permission of the placement tutor.