Postgraduate course with placements & why they’re important

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Have you ever wondered why some postgraduate degrees offer placements and why they do so? Here’s a list of the benefits:

1) Better career prospects

2) Deepen your understanding of your specific area of expertise

3) Experience in real-world scenarios

4) Opportunity to apply skills and knowledge to challenges faced in the industry

5) Showcasing future abilities to future employers.

6) Gain a better understanding of your studies at university.

And if that sounds good to you, here’s another list of postgraduate degrees that offer placements as part of its curriculum for you to browse through.


• MSc Human Computer Interaction – University of Bath

This course offers 12 months’  work experience as well as the academic experience at university. If you opt for the placements programme, the university will begin to work with you as soon as you receive your formal offer from the University. They have opportunities available both within the UK and overseas. You will need to secure a placement by the end of the taught component of your degree programme, giving you plenty of time to find a suitable placement.

You will be fully supported throughout the applications process by the university’s professional placements support team. Once on placement you will be required to submit reports on your progress and the university will be requesting feedback on your performance from your placement employer, these form an assessed component of your placement.


• MSc Health Psychology – University of Bath

The course is one of the only accredited MSc Health Psychology degrees offering a placement. The placement is 4 months in duration, and students are fully supported before and during their placement. The university’s dedicated placements team ensure students are not only allocated placements, but are prepared before starting their placement through seminars and meetings with their placement tutor. This support continues over the 4 months, making sure students are happy and getting the most from their placement experience.


• College of Science and Engineering department – University of Leicester

The SEEDS (Space Exploration Development Systems) international placement is an optional extra project during which you will work in multidisciplinary teams on topical space exploration research projects, designed in collaboration with advisors from the space industry.

Leicester’s partners in SEEDS are the Politecnico di Torino in Italy and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in France. All three institutions have strong links with the space industry, a heritage of space research and exploration, and high-level expertise in the delivery of teaching. You will spend two months at each institution and will be required to cover basic travel and subsistence costs. The course is taught in English at all three sites.


• Computing with Placement (MSc) – University of Cardiff

This programme provides the opportunity to undertake a paid 7-12 month experience as an IT professional for students who successfully find a suitable placement. This MSc Computing offers students a balance of software engineering skills and technical abilities required for a future career in Software Development.


• MSc Computing and IT Management with Placement – University of Cardiff

Designed for graduates who want to move into computing from another discipline, MSc Computing and IT Management provides you with a broad technical knowledge and a sound business context for managing IT systems.

Students may choose to apply for a paid 7-12 month professional work placement to be undertaken on completion of Spring semester and before completing the MSc course with a 60-credit dissertation. This provides valuable work experience to develop your IT Professional skills.


• MSc International Hospitality Management – Sheffield Hallam

Gain the skills and experience needed to develop a career in the international hospitality industry with the help of a highly experienced team of experts. You study with students from all around the world and have the option to do a full-time MSc or improve your experience and employability with a 12-month additional placement.

During your placement you improve your practical management skills and employability, gaining real experience in industry. We help you secure a placement by running employability workshops and have dedicated placement team to support you. Past students have had placements with world leaders in hospitality (Ritz Carlton, Hilton, JW Marriott and many others).


• MSc Enterprise Management – University College Birmingham

The Enterprise Management MSc/PGDip has been developed in partnership with industry professionals to give you the business knowledge and work experience you need to advance in management positions in the enterprise service sector.

This course offers an optional six-month placement that will also give you the skills to set up your own business and learn how to grow and develop strategically. As you explore the basis of entrepreneurial activity, you will further develop your business and management skills enabling you to identify and respond to new business opportunities.

The course has been designed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a leading global professional body that provides you with the opportunity to achieve Chartered Manager status.


• MSc Human Resource Management – Portsmouth University

On this course you will have the opportunity to complete a placement and apply your learning within an HR environment. The work placement is a key element related to some of the units studied. The university’s Placements Office will support you in maintaining and developing business contacts, advise you of vacancies and help you prepare for interviews and other selection methods.


Interested in one of the courses listed? Enroll via our website and you will receive a bursary worth £300 because making students’ dreams come true is what we do. In the meantime, we want to know what your dream job is so give us a shout on Facebook and Instagram and share your aspiration with us!

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