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Undergraduate Work Placements

Original Thinking Applied in action – put theory into practice with a paid work placement in your third year of study.

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

If you opt to complete a work placement as part of your degree programme, the aim of this placement is to complement and develop your skills and knowledge gained in the first two years of your course.

  • Gain practical and relevant work experience
  • 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 insight into roles and employers enabling more informed career choices
  • Choose a placement overseas to gain international experience

Key facts and figures

  • 94% of Alliance MBS students who completed a work placement year as part of their degree within the last three years achieved a 2.1 or above
  • 80% of students who completed a work placement as part of their degree graduated with First Class Honours 
  • Average salaries for the placement year are between £15-20,000

Taking a year out for an industrial placement at EY has allowed me to put my existing knowledge and skills into practice. I have acquired multiple new skills and learned the ‘secrets of the trade’. This has given me a greater level of clarity and confidence regarding the type of job I’d like to do in longer term. Most importantly, doing a placement has greatly enhanced my employment prospects in a competitive job market.

Asma Wali, Intern at Ernst & Young - Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services (BSc Accounting placement student)

Finding a placement

Our placement and careers teams offer the following support when it comes to researching and applying for work placements:

  • Weekly e-bulletins advertising placement opportunities
  • Sessions on interview skills, CV clinics, mock assessment centres and psychometric tests
  • Employer drop-in sessions and careers fairs

We do allow our students to complete international work placements and to source their own placements - you do not necessarily have to find your placement via the weekly e-bulletins provided by the Careers Service. If you do source your own placement, please note that it must be approved by the School to ensure that the job role is in line with your programme of study and learning outcomes.

Informed Solutions provides placement students with the opportunity to be immersed in the world of work, gain invaluable experience and become truly valued members of the team. We take pride in developing and upskilling our students and regularly reward top talent with a graduate job offer.

Julia Woodcock, Head of Talent Management, Informed Solutions

Frequently asked questions

Yes, each programme has a different set of requirements which can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook >>

Yes, all the opportunities we advertise are paid and many companies offer competitive salaries. Most of our placement students are paid in the region of £15-20,000.

Yes. You must make sure that the placement meets the School’s requirements and that you hold the correct visa and work permits (if required). All placements will require approval by the Placements team.

Yes, you will be sent weekly bulletins advertising current opportunities and our Careers Service is available to support you through the application process.

There is a significant tuition fee reduction for the placement year. Home/EU students currently pay £1,800 and International students pay half of the standard international tuition fee.

Further support is available for Home students from lower income households.

Find out more about Industrial Placement year fees >>