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Professional placements

One of Brunel’s strengths is that it has always placed great emphasis on the practical and personal skills that are essential to graduates who want to find a good job. As a Computer Science/Business Computing student, you will have an opportunity to apply to spend your third year working in industry, returning to complete your degree in year four.

Why do a placement?

There are many practical and personal benefits that a placement provides:

  • It brings a new perspective and provides context to your studies.
  • Students who complete placements perform better academically, and graduate with higher degree classifications. For example, in recent years, 90% of placement students have achieved 2:1 degree or better (with 46% of these achieving a 1st class degree).
  • There are financial benefits. After graduation, placement students tend to secure higher salaries. Computer Science/Business Computing placements are typically paid positions, with average salaries of £17,000 or higher.
  • A significant number of students are offered positions with their placement employer after they graduate.You will develop key skills and competencies sought by graduate recruiters and be able to build a network of useful contacts.
  • You will gain experience and expertise in a role, industry or sector you’re interested in, allowing you to refine your career aspirations.

Get a taste of your chosen career

Placements can give you the opportunity to get a taste of what may be your chosen career. Trying out a role during a placement can help you decide if it's really for you before committing to it as a long-term career. A wide range of roles are available. In the past, students have worked in global companies such as:

  • Accenture Technology
  • AXA Investment Managers
  • Centrica
  • Cisco
  • Eli Lilly
  • BMW
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft
  • Xerox
  • and many more, including startups and SMEs around the UK.

Brunel’s Placement and Careers Centre provides a range of workshops and 1-1 sessions throughout the year to help you sharpen your skills and improve your employability profile.

Contact Details

To find out more about professional placements within the Department of Computer Science contact: 

Dr Brijesh Dongol
Work Placement Director
Tel +44 (0)1895 268046
Email brijesh.dongol@brunel.ac.uk