Year in industry

Our four year degrees give you the option to take an industrial placement and spend your third year working at a company. This is normally a paid company position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a working environment. You must apply for your placement yourself, but we will help you with the process.

Learn more about Industrial placements.

Taking a year in industry will:

  • enable you to experience modern computing from an industrial perspective
  • provide you with an opportunity to work in industry and experience industrial culture
  • enable you to use, consolidate, and extend the knowledge and skills gained during the first two years of your degree programme
  • provide you with an environment that will encourage a thoughtful and mature approach to all aspects of study and life

A year in industry is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the type of profession that you can choose after you graduate, and point you to postgraduate studies that may help you strengthen the profile that you will have identified for your career.

Your placement effectively begins in your second year when you will be briefed in writing a CV, interview techniques and the procedures that you need to follow to obtain an industrial placement. In addition, a list of potential industrial partners who have taken students in past years will be provided to you.

Support

During your placement (in your third year) you will be visited by your personal tutor and will also come back to the University to give a brief presentation of your work experience. You will be provided with a log book at the beginning of the placement and, at the end will write a report detailing your work, which will be assessed by the coordinators.

We provide excellent careers support, and our Industrial Advisory Board assists us in keeping our degrees fit for satisfying industrial needs.

Degrees with a year in industry are all designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT; any accreditations granted to the main Undergraduate programmes also apply to the Year in Industry variants.