Industrial placement year

Student on placement at INVISTA

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide what kind of career you might like when you graduate. As well as giving you the opportunity to develop your skills, you’ll gain a real insight into working life in a particular company or sector. University of Leeds students are among the top 5 most targeted by top employers according to The Graduate Market 2022, High Fliers Research.

All of our degrees allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. On our MChem Chemistry and MChem Medicinal Chemistry degree courses, your industrial placement replaces the third year of your course. On our Chemistry and Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and BSc degrees, your industrial placement extends the length of your degree by a year. You can decide up until the beginning of your second year whether or not you would like to do a year in industry.

Our dedicated Employability Team will provide you with a comprehensive work placement support service whilst you’re looking for a placement. This includes:

  • access to placement lectures
  • workshops
  • one-to-one CV appointments
  • mock interviews and assessment centres.

Our team successfully places students with a range of employers. Recent examples include Roche, Lubrizol, Covance, IBM and BASF. Whichever organisation you join for your placement year, you’ll gain valuable experience relevant to your degree. This will allow you to apply your learning in an industrial context while you develop both personally and professionally.

An academic tutor will visit you during your industrial placement. This tutor will meet with you and your line manager, offer support and guidance, and discuss your re-integration into studies.


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Jasmine Greenhalgh, industrial placement year at Reckitt Benckiser

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Joe Thompson, industrial placement year at Diamond Light Source

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Mia Callens, industrial placement year at GlaxoSmithKline