Postgraduate Placements

Optional, 1 year placements are now available on the following MSc programmes

Placements are not guaranteed. However, the departmental placement team can assist students in finding and applying for placements. Although this is the first year we have run postgraduate placements, our undergraduate placement scheme has been running for many years and students have worked in a wide range of international, national and local companies. Placements are paid employment and they will be undertaken between the taught component and the dissertation. They are open to home, EU and international students.

The departmental placement support team consists of Kashi Basu, the academic placement co-ordinator and Andy King, the partnership and placements manager. Academics from relevant subject areas also act as placement supervisors and help to maintain contact between the student and the University while the student is on placement. Support also includes placement workshops, clinic sessions, talks from placement officers and career advisers and all students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these services. Information on past placement recruiters and jobs adverts will also be posted on the CCT placement dashboard on Moodle.

All placement students are allocated an academic supervisor. The supervisor will normally visit the student twice during the period of the placement. At the first visit, the supervisor ensures that appropriate training is being provided including Health and Safety training. The student will give a review of the work carried out, supported by a log book of activities. The supervisor will also have a discussion with the Industry Line Manager and resolve any issues that have arisen. The second visit will take place towards the end of the placement and the student will give a presentation on a selected part of their work. The student will submit a completed log book and the line manager will fill out a report to summarise their view on the student's performance. If any problems arise during the placement the student or the line manager can contact the academic supervisor and additional meetings can be arranged as required, to address and resolve the issues.

Can international students do a placement?

Yes, they can apply to do a placement.

Can I do a placement even if I need a visa?

Yes. The UK government allows placements which take up no more than 50% of the course if they are at Masters level (see the UK government guidance on Tier 4 visas for more information).

What are the benefits of doing a placement?

You get working experience in your area of study which can be very useful in getting a job. It also helps you see how and what you have learnt in the taught part of the course is put into practice.

Do you guarantee a placement position?

No, we cannot guarantee a placement position, although we can and will help you with the process of finding a placement.

Are placements compulsory?

No, it is up to you if you want to do one.

Is the placement paid?

Yes, exact salary will depend on the job, but placements are paid employment.

Can I be sure of doing something relevant to my course or will I be stuck making everybody coffee?

Don't worry, all of our placements are vetted first before you go on them to make sure they are appropriate for your course.

How long is a placement?

Placements are a minimum of 40 weeks and a maximum of 52 weeks.

When do I do a placement?

You will do a placement between the taught part of your degree and the dissertation (between semester 2 and 3).

If I do a placement, how long will my MSc programme be?

If you do a placement, your programme will be just over 2 years for a full time student (8 months taught component followed by a 1 year placement and then 4 1/2 months for the dissertation) and just over 3 years for a part time student (20 months taught component followed by a 1 year placement and then 4 1/2 months for the dissertation).

Can I do a placement part time?

You can do the taught part of your programme part time, but the placement is full time employment.

Are there any requirements before I can go on placement?

All students must pass at least 5 of the taught modules. For international students your visa must include the full 2 years of study.

What happens if I don't get a placement place or I decide not to do one?

If you don't get a place on a placement, for whatever reason, you will immediately start on your dissertation in semester 3.

OK, you've sold me. How do I register for a placement?

Simply apply for your postgraduate course as normal through UCAS Postgraduate, but make sure you register for an MSc in Sandwich mode (that's the University's name for placements).

I've another question, who do I ask?

Email your question to us on cct-enquiry@brookes.ac.uk and we'll get back to you.