MEng placements with industry

Practical experience

Employers are increasingly looking for evidence of practical work experience as it demonstrates a genuine interest in your chosen specialism.

Placements provide experience of working in industry and research and will put your learning into context, giving you a head start in the careers market.

MEng 5 month industrial placement

With all our MEng courses, as part of the course structure and alongside industrial projects and interaction, students take up a guaranteed 5 month industrial placement to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding within an employment context as well as build relationships with contacts for future career opportunities.

We aim to match your interests within materials science, with one of our industrial partners to provide an engaging and rewarding experience. Some placements have been taken up as far as Mexico and New Zealand, with many employers using this time as an extended interview for offering a permanent job.

Tufcot Engineering, UK

Megan Wakeling at Tufcot EngineeringMegan Wakeling, third-year MEng Materials Science and Engineering students spent her extended industrial placement working for Sheffield-based composite manufacturer Tufcot Engineering Ltd, working as a Technical Intern.

She was required to work on a real-life engineering project, so developing a new, higher temperature grade of Tufcot seemed like the perfect fit.

Philips Research, Eindhoven 

Jaguar Land Rover, UK

BEng Year in Industry

Alongside 3 years of teaching, this course provides an option for BEng students to undertake industrial experience. 

You'll pay a reduced fee to the University for that year and get paid a salary.

It is the student's responsibility to secure the placement for the year, but you'll receive comprehensive support and guidance from the Department, the University'€™s Careers Service and Faculty Employability Team both prior to and during your industrial placement.

The Employability Team will support your journey providing:

  • Help with finding your industrial placement
  • Bookable CV and application sessions with the team & the careers advisers
  • Regular updates on Year in Industry preparatory sessions & events
  • Provision of Year in Industry materials to support you with your continuous professional development during your placement year
  • Regular support and monitoring throughout the year

Summer placements

Internships with industry

Students often apply for internships to gain valuable insight into the engineering sector, and experience to enhance their employability skills upon graduating.

Euan Gray

I think that if you are able to gain experience away from your own country it gives you a much wider perspective of the world, and improves your adaptability.


Read all about Euan's experience working in Hong Kong on our departmental blog

Research scholarships

You'll also have the opportunity to apply to spend part of a Summer in one of our research laboratories completing a 6-8 week long placement.

Steph ThornberI didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career but always had an interest in nuclear so I applied for the summer placement. I really enjoyed it and it gave me insight into life as a researcher.