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Student work placements

Our four-year programme provides a fantastic opportunity to conduct original field-based research while gaining vital work experience. Placements can be undertaken both in the UK and abroad, and students are supported by our PDC, which will help you find the right placement to fit your career aspirations.

You can either choose from a variety of available placements or propose and set up your own.

 Around half of our students choose to spend their second placement abroad and have worked all over the world in a whole range of fields; recent examples include turtle conservation in Mexico, orange picking in Japan, women’s rights in Morocco, amputee rehabilitation in Bolivia and immigration issues in Italy.

Previous UK placements have included stints at the BBC, Foreign Office, Campaign for the Press and Broadcasting Freedom, Amnesty International and the Department of Health. Many students combine their placements with anthropological fieldwork, in many cases using the latter as the basis of their final-year dissertations.

Close academic support is provided throughout each placement; you can expect to have one (in person or virtual) visit from a member of staff during your placement and ready guidance on your research interests. Placements are credit-bearing modules that are formally assessed through a reflective portfolio completed on your return.

Your first placement will be in term one of your second year and the second in term two of your third year. Each placement should last for a minimum of 15 weeks/75 days (unpaid) or 22 weeks/110 days (paid), though many Anthropology students end up staying longer or combining this with fieldwork

Students on the four-year programme graduate ‘with professional development’ – a reflection of the extra skills they have gained.

If you have any questions on the work placements please contact the Work Placements Convenor, Dr Liana Chua (liana.chua@brunel.ac.uk).