NEW for 2014 – work placements for Management and IBFE students


‘Original thinking applied’ in action – putting academic theory into practice

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering optional work placements to students joining our BSc (Hons) Management / Management (Specialisms) and BSc (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics courses from September 2014 onwards.

Graduate employers look for candidates with work experience, practical skills and professionalism. Stand out from the crowd with a work placement that applies your academic skills and knowledge to live business situations.

Benefits of a work placement

•    Gain practical work experience alongside your studies
•    Build your confidence and develop a real-world attitude to business
•    Earn a salary, gain increased responsibility and independence
•    Create a network of industry contacts and subsequent job opportunities
•    Gain an insight into a particular role and employer leading to more informed career choices

Add value to your degree

94% of MBS students who completed a work placement year as part of their degree within the last three years achieved a 2.1 or above.

Furthermore, in a survey of employers 69% of placement students were offered graduate jobs (Source: ASET) and recruiters have confirmed that a record 37% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations. (Source: High Fliers Report 2014).

Enhance your employability

“The importance of employability skills is now greater than ever in the current economic climate. We have seen the results and the value of [work placements]first-hand not just for Centrica but also for the valuable skills development that students experience while with us.”
Sam Laidlaw, CEO of Centrica plc

“Last year, Centrica filled 38% of their graduate intake from this internship pool. The figure rockets in industries such as investment banking, where as many as 80% of positions are filled by those who have undertaken an internship or placement with the company.”
Louise Briggs and Rory Daly writing in The Independent, March 2012

Student experiences

“An intern at KPMG is treated like a graduate; I had a really varied workload. I was an audit assistant based at Canary Wharf in London but I worked with clients across the UK. Working for a professional firm gave me a real insight into the business world. I made some great connections and secured myself a graduate job with KPMG. I would recommend a work placement to anybody.”
Andrew Simner, Audit Assistant at KPMG

“I am the orchestrator of information flow between various teams within a complex business process which involves outsourcing projects to IBM that the client does not have the expertise or scope to conduct. The placement has not only introduced me to a new role, but has opened the doors to my career network. Here, we are told that every conversation with one another should feel like an interview. I would strongly advise all students, on any degree with a work placement year, to grab it with both hands.”
Sean Hanna, RFS Manager at IBM

Tuition fee discount

You would receive a significant tuition fee reduction for your placement year – home/EU students currently pay a maximum of £1,800 (with further support available to those from lower household incomes) and international students pay half the standard international fee.

What happens next?

You do not have to do anything at this stage – when you join MBS in September we will start to discuss this opportunity with you further, so look out for further information in your Programme Director talks during Welcome Week.

N.B. Progression to the work placement year is dependent on achieving 60% or above in Y1 including a pass in BMAN10780 Academic and Career Development and no resits in Y2.


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Manchester Business School has a global reputation for innovative and influential teaching and research, which impacts business on a local, national and international level. We call this Original Thinking Applied.

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