Industrial Placements and Study Abroad

Industrial Placements

Work experience is increasingly important in a competitive job market. An industrial placement is an excellent opportunity to sample a relevant workplace environment and give you that "added extra" for entering the job market.

 An industrial placement would:

  • Give you the edge - enhance your future employability
  • Invaluable direct workplace experience
  • Recognised and valued by employers
  • Shape your career path
  • Apply key scientific skills
  • Experience real life industry scenarios
  • Start networking & making contacts

The year in industry is assessed but it does not affect your degree classification. Please note that you can not apply for this scheme until you have started on your degree course. We will provide you with all the information you need to apply during Year 1 with us.

Our industrial placement year programmes have received advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology.

Advanced Degree Accreditation by the Society recognises academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The Advanced Accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from the programme meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including gaining a substantial period of research experience.

In recognition of the period of practice, a graduate of an Advanced Accredited programme can apply for membership of the Society of Biology at Member (MSB) level after just two years of practice, rather than the usual three years. This will allow these graduates to attain the qualifications of Chartered Biologist or Chartered Scientist one year sooner than graduates from other degree programmes. 

Find out more about MBiol BSc Accreditation (pdf download).

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Study abroadStudy Year Abroad (International Placements)

The University of Leeds offers one of the widest ranges of opportunities in the UK for students to study abroad.

The Study Abroad programme is an exciting and challenging opportunity to gain experience of living and studying in another culture as part of your degree. On your study abroad year you will:

  • Discover a new culture
  • Learn or improve a language
  • Gain a new perspective on your subject
  • Have fun! 

Please note that you cannot apply for this scheme until you have started on your degree course. We will provide you with all the information you need during Year 1 with us.

More information from the Study Abroad Office

Research placement

Undergraduate Research Placements Scheme

Our competitive research placement scheme offers the opportunity to gain experience in a working lab from year one. This scheme is available in all our degree courses. Not only is the subject knowledge and training we provide excellent, but we also aim to produce well- gounded graduates who have the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a challenging job market.

Benefits include:

  • First-hand experience of a working lab
  • Seeing for yourself what research actually involves on a day-to day basis
  • Access to PhD students and researchers
  • One-to-one tuition
  • The chance to develop transferable practical laboratory and data interpretation skills which will help with the rest of the course 
  • Receipt of a modest bursary

Summer Vacation Studentships Scheme

Are you interested in working in a research laboratory during the summer vacation?

Each year we offer second and third year students the opportunity to apply to work in a research laboratory during the summer vacation. This is an excellent opportunity if you are thinking about a career in research

Please note that you cannot apply for this scheme until you have started on your degree course.

How to apply
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