Year in Industry
A Year in Industry placement is a great way for students to apply their knowledge gained during their first two years of study.
The Year in Industry programme gives students the opportunity to undertake an extended paid placement between their second and third year of study. The professional knowledge, skills and experience gained can benefit students for the rest of their degree and beyond: enhancing both their academic studies and career prospects.
How do students get on to the Year in Industry Programme?
The Year in Industry programmes are by transfer only. Students will apply for a standard MEng course and will have an opportunity to transfer to the Year in Industry programmes during the second year.
Students registered on a BEng programme will need to enquire with their school about transferring to an MEng programme. International students holding a Tier 4 visa will be required to apply for a new visa so must seek advice from Student Visa Services if they are interested in transferring to a Year in Industry Programme.
Students who begin their first studies at the University of Bristol in 2018/19 and meet the criteria below are eligible to request to transfer to the Year in Industry:
Achieved an average of 40% in all first year units and 50% in all second year units
Secured a placement with an industrial partner
We anticipate a high demand for year in industry placements and an additional competitive element will be in place at departmental level.
Do students pay fees during their placement?
While undertaking a year in industry placement you will pay reduced fees as set out by the University
- Home students 15%
- International students 25%
How do students find a placement?
We support students in sourcing their own placements and also work with our network of industrial partners to secure placements on behalf of our students. We coordinate support in partnership with the University's Careers Service and other relevant teams.
Are placements assessed?
The placement is an integrated element of the degree programme and students are assessed whilst on placement. Examples of placement assessments are:
A project pro-forma
A project initiation document
Final industrial process or product report
A series of short presentations
A reflective professional development journal
Are placements paid?
Bristol students are highly sought after. As a University we are the second-most targeted University by employers in the UK (High Fliers 2019) and as such the Industrial Liaison Office will work to secure paid placements for students.
We appreciate that some students may wish to undertake a voluntary placement, working with an NGO or charity to gain a different experience, and as such those voluntary placements will not be paid.
Does the University provide support during the placement?
The Faculty of Engineering supports students during their placement, providing an academic supervisor who acts as a personal tutor during the placement year. Students are also be provided with an industrial supervisor within the company who is the main point of contact and support within the company while on placement.