Information for Students

  • 10-12 months with a company in a real job.

  • Uses knowledge from your degree in a real work environment.

  • Normally well paid. If you choose to undertake a low paid placement you may be eligible to receive a placement bursary from the University.

  • Can be in any geographical region (including placements outside of the UK). It is up to you to choose where you wish to apply for a placement (with your Placement Tutor’s approval).

  • Reports/diary/logbook normally need to be completed in order to meet requirements for the award of a degree with industrial experience. Each subject group has its own specific requirements and your Placement Tutor will be able to tell you about the requirements for your subject group once you have started your second year.

  • Can be called ‘sandwich’ or ‘industrial’ placement. Some companies will also call the placement an ‘internship’.

  • Valuable industry experience helps you to differentiate yourself from other graduates.

  • Better career prospects on graduation.

  • Potentially gain a better degree result in your final year, by increasing your subject knowledge whilst on placement.

  • Gain new knowledge and the opportunity to develop transferable skills.

  • Improve your finances and use money from your placement salary to help financially support you in final year.

  • Put the theory from your degree into practice.

  • Increase your understanding of the subject by using it in a real work environment.

  • “In my experience sandwich students return as much more mature individuals and much better able to achieve their full potential.”- Dr.J.D.Miller, C.Chem., F.R.S.C.

  • Achieve an enhanced degree - important where professional registration is a career target, eg Chartered Engineer Status.

Students are fully supported throughout their placements by their Placement Tutor. 

Each student will have an academic supervisor who will visit them at work, meet with their industrial supervisor and guide them through the academic work they undertake during their placement year.

The School Placement Office as well as subject groups may also have specific information on Blackboard. This may give guidance on seeking a placement, approval criteria, and most importantly on assessment deadlines, rules and procedures.

You will need to apply to companies directly following their application procedures.  Most companies will ask you to apply by CV or via an application form.  They will normally want to interview you also.

In most cases, if you work for a company you can expect to be paid a salary (across EAS subjects between £12,000 to £18,000 per year), but this is not always the case for students working in the public sector. The vast majority of placements are paid; contributing to your finances as well as your CV. 
Information regarding fees 

Placement vacancies are advertised by the School Placement Office. 

For some subjects Placement Tutors will have vacancies. Some subject groups may require that you also register with them for placements before you will be able to view the placement vacancies.

The placements database is available for searching placement vacancies, please utilise this database when looking for a placement as many of the advertised positions have been sent directly to Aston and will not be advertised externally. 

You may try to find a placement yourself, but it must be approved before you enter into a contract. As the placement year forms an important part of your degree all placement vacancies must be approved before you accept to ensure that they are suitable for your degree programme. You should not accept a placement either verbally or in writing before it has been approved by the Placement Tutor. To gain approval you must submit a copy of the Job Description to seasplacements@aston.ac.uk  We will then seek approval from your placement tutor and inform you of the decision.

To search for current placement opportunities click on the following link:   View Placement Opportunities

Aston Futures

The School Placement Office advertises placement vacancies via Aston Futures. To access these vacancies you will need to log in with your University login details

Notice boards

Check notice boards around your departments and around the School Placement Office for opportunities and companies to contact.  Be aware that the majority of placements are available via the Aston Futures.

At the beginning of your second year you will be invited to attend briefing sessions which will help to answer your questions and support you in finding a placement. You can get advice from your Placement Co-ordinator located in the Careers Centre.

Our dedicated Placements Team offer plenty of support to help you find a placement.  

We have a team of placement specialists for each school of study - find out about the specific support offered in EAS. 

To find more information on placements please check the resources on Blackboard.  

Support whilst on placement

View our Placement Support Handbooks. 

We are happy to encourage you to seek a placement overseas. However, there are some extra issues for you to sort out:

  • You will almost certainly be responsible for finding your own placement.

  • The placement must be approved by your Placement Tutor

  • We will require a formal letter from the company confirming they have offered the placement.

  • You must make all the arrangements to be allowed to work in the country where you will be employed.

  • We cannot allow the placement to go ahead without copies of documents confirming that you are allowed to work in that country.

  • We must be satisfied that we can make suitable assessment arrangements, and may have to ask the company for assistance with the expense of making at least one visit to you in your workplace.

If you are considering undertaking a placement abroad and would like some advice on the opportunities available please contact the International Placement Support Team: internationalplacement@aston.ac.uk

In the vast majority of placements our students become excellent ambassadors for both the School and the University. Remember that it is a disciplinary offence to bring the name of University into disrepute. Maintaing our good name is essential. 

  • Our relations with companies offering placements are very important. Your conduct will affect the company view of the University.
  • Always reply to a company.
  • If you are unable to attend an interview, ensure you notify the company as early as possible.
  • Accept or reject job offers in a reasonable time.
  • Once you have accepted a position it is very poor behaviour to abandon it for another: if you must then you should advise the company as promptly as possible. you must also inform the School Placement Office.

Please advise the School Placement Office and your Placement Tutor immediately once you accept an offer.

University regulations allow two forms of assessment with regards to placement assessment:

  • Either the placement year assessment generates a mark which is worth typically 10% of the final degree.

  • Or the placement is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis and does not contribute numerically to the final degree.

In both cases your final degree certificate will show that you have satisfactorily completed your degree "with Professional Placement". Please note, you must pass the placement year to be allowed to proceed to the next stage of your programme.