Study in the UK: 5 most attractive programmes with work placements

Study in the UK: 5 most attractive programmes with work placements

Your chance to combine study and work within one degree

Most international students, when asked about reasons for going to study abroad, quote improved employment opportunities. However, not all degrees abroad are equal. Some universities offer programmes with various types of work placements (internships, year in the industry or sandwich courses, short-term consultancy projects etc). Do these courses give students an advantage when it comes to looking for a job? Most researchers say yes!

5 most very attractive programmes with work placements:


1) 16 months MBA with 8 months internship

An MBA is the most sought after postgraduate degree in the world. The length of a typical MBA programme in the UK is 12 months. However, the MBA programme at the West London University has an added advantage of an 8-months internship to further improve your career prospects.

The university works hard to build links with the largest companies and thus help its students secure top-class work placements companies like Apple, Hewlett Packard, the Hilton Group, and Microsoft.


2) Sandwich course for bachelor’s students

Most bachelor’s degrees in the UK last for three years. However, some UK universities offer their students 4 year sandwich courses. What does it mean? After the 2nd year students have a chance to undertake paid, professional work placement before completing their final year of studies.

One of the universities offering the largest choice of sandwich courses is the Brunel University London. Here you can find a sandwich course you like in Engineering, Business, Economics, Computing, Politics, Psychology, and other subjects.

Another university you may consider if you wish to do a bachelor’s course with a year work placement, is the University of Kent. Their placement team has links with hundreds of companies in many industries, including the following:

  • Banks: Morgan Stanley, J.P.Morgan, Goldman Sachs
  • Pharmaceutical: Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Entertainment: Warner Brothers, Disney
  • Technology: IBM, Microsoft, Cisco Systems
  • Defence: DSTL, Thales, BAE Systems
  • Consulting: Accenture, CGI

3) Short term consultancy project in a local business

The University of Southampton offers a great opportunity to get 8-week work experience solving a real problem in a local company. All students work in a group of 4 and even get a £250 stipend on the project delivery. The Student Consultancy is open to all students from all faculties.


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4) Postgraduate internships and projects as a part of the course

On some programmes universities may offer you a short-term project or a work placement as a part of the course. E.g. the University of Southampton has included 3 months summer project in the syllabus for all students studying its MSc Operational Research and Finance course.

These types of work placements are compulsory for all students and will be assessed as a part of the course.


5) Master’s in Hospitality and Tourism with a work placement

Work experience is a usual requirement for any position in the hospitality and tourism industry. What if you have just finished your bachelor’s degree and can’t decide whether it’s better to get a work experience to enter the industry or get a master’s degree? Here is a solution: get both at the same time!

One of the UK’s leading institutions for postgraduate study in this field, the Bournemouth University offers it’s students to get a master’s degree and 6-9-month work placement as a part of it.

What can be better? May be only a programme at the Sheffield Hallam University, which offers internships as long as 12 months, a rare case for postgraduate courses.

We hope you liked the programmes with work placements we’ve chosen for you. If you are looking for a perfect programme to study in the UK, contact us and we’ll be happy to find a course matching all your requirements.

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