INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENTS

Our undergraduates benefit from our close ties to industry. As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of industrial placement and other learning opportunities.

Many of our undergraduate courses offer the option of participating in industrial placements, for example:

You will be strongly encouraged to take a work placement in your third year of study, doing supervised work experience in commerce, industry or the public sector. More and more students are taking up this option, as they recognise the benefit of obtaining work experience, consolidating their understanding and being able to apply their knowledge in a work environment.

While the sponsoring organisations do not guarantee a job, they will provide practice interviews, assessment centre experience and invaluable advice. And, of course, they are always on the lookout for the best students.

On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained from the placement invariably improves your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement year company or organisation.

It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude the work placement option up to the end of your second year.

Students opting for the sandwich year will spend one year on work placement. We have a wide range of company contacts and can help you find an appropriate placement.

Those who undertake a company-based work placement find that it enhances their CV and career prospects, and many are employed by their placement company on graduation.

It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude a work placement up to the end of the second year.

We encourage you to take a supervised work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include IBM, Microsoft and PepsiCo.

On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained invariably improves your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation.

It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude the work placement option up to the end of your second year.

We encourage you to take a work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include IBM, BMW, Microsoft and PepsiCo.


What are the benefits of an industrial placement?

Industrial placements provide a great opportunity to put the skills you have learned during your course to use in a professional environment. Experienced graduates are much in demand, and showing you have practical on-the-job experience will greatly enhance your employment prospects.

Industrial placements are also an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of potential future career pathways, and try career options you may not have previously considered. They also provide you with a valuable network on contacts in the industry, with many of our placement students going on to find full-time work with the companies at which they did their industrial placement.

What sort of companies do students take placements at?

In recent years our students have completed work placements at a wide range of companies, including: Accenture, BMW, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Culham Publications Services, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Higher Concept Software, IBM, Incuna, Intel, Net Solutions, Oxford Cryosystems, Pepsico, Siemens, Sony, Sophos and Waitrose

A real benefit of my placement year was the insight I got from the people around me - really useful information that I could bring back to the course.
James Norman, BSc Software Engineering
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