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Professional placements

A work placement, undertaken after your second year of studies, lasts 10-12 months and allows you to develop many skills. These skills can range from applied skills such as computer programming, testing, analysis and IT support, to transferable skills such as time management, communication and team working. Moreover, our research shows that students undertaking a placement perform better academically, in many cases by one degree classification higher. Salaries for placements vary but can range from £12,000 to £17,000 per annum.

Enhance your employability

Competition for graduate jobs is tough. You may need more than a good degree to land the job you want. A year spent in industry makes you a more appealing candidate for employers. You’ll develop many of the skills needed for the workplace and it will show that you have the drive and the initiative to get yourself organised. In fact, many students are offered employment with their placement companies after graduation.

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. Areas recently offering placements include: accountancy, aviation, banking, defence, finance, insurance, IT (software development, network management and design), management (public and private sector), marketing and telecommunications. Companies include:

  • Accenture
  • BUPA
  • Debenhams
  • HSBC
  • IBM
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Unilever
  • Virgin Trains

You do not have to decide which study mode (with or without placement) until after you have joined us. You can transfer both to and from the sandwich programme during the first year – sometimes even later.

For more information about placements in mathematics please contact: 

Dr Cormac Lucas
Work Placement Director
Email cormac.lucas@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 265616