Undergraduate Placement Year

An undergraduate Placement Year is an opportunity to work for an external company for a year.

The role is similar to a graduate-level position. The Placements Team will support you with finding placement opportunities. Book an appointment with a Placements Officer to find out more.

When does a placement year happen?

Placement years happen between the penultimate and final years of your degree. 

  • You complete your penultimate year as usual.
  • The following year you work for an employer. 
  • You return to University for your fourth and final year.

Placements are an opportunity for you to gain industry experience before graduation. You can gain professional skills, which will be helpful when applying for graduate jobs.


While on placement, you are still a student:

  • You will complete two work-based assignments with the support of an academic tutor. 
  • During this year, you will work with a Placement Officer who will support you in your personal and professional development. 

One to one support

Placement Officers are available throughout the year to support you in your search. They can give you individual tailored advice and guidance on things like:

  • Career guidance.
  • Skill development.
  • Mock interviews.
  • Presentation practice.

Events and workshops

You will have access to bespoke events and workshops. Many of which will be with employers. Previous employers include L’Oréal, PwC, HPE, Sony, Deloitte, and Unilever, to name a few. 

  • BBS Consultancy Skills Week
    During this week-long event, we will give you insights on how consultancies solve problems from consultants currently working in industry, two employer challenges to put the theory into practice and networking with UoB alumni working in consultancy
    13:00 Mon 03 Jun 2024
    This will be confirmed via email


If nothing is displayed, contact us at bbs-careers@contacts.bham.ac.uk to find out when the next bespoke sessions will be running.

Alternatively, browse other events on Careers Connect

Exclusive opportunities

We partner with many different organisations to find exclusive roles for Business School students. These roles can help set you apart when applying for jobs. We are continuing to develop more exclusive opportunities each year. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the application process?

Most companies ask for a combination of your CV, covering letter or an online application form - sometimes all three! 

If your application is successful, you may then need to take online tests and have a telephone interview. The final stage is often a day-long assessment centre, which will involve at least one face-to-face interview. 

Each company varies in its process.


When can I start applying?

Companies will start to open their application processes in the summer after your First Year. Some will close as early as October, so it’s best to prepare early! 

You will be able to apply to most of the larger companies throughout the Autumn Term of your Second Year. Smaller companies tend to begin their application processes in the Spring Term.


What is the minimum placement length and number of hours per week?

The Year in Industry requires a full-time (35-40 hours per week), contracted, commercial/business-related placement lasting at least 33 consecutive weeks. 

However, most advertised placements last for 12 months.


I’m an overseas student. Will I need a visa/work permit for my placement?And will a placement company sponsor me?


If you are an overseas student, you will need to check UK visa requirements as these differ from country to country: 

If you have any concerns about this, you should seek advice from the International Students Advisory Service.

If you need a visa, it is best to apply for it as soon as possible. Some companies will refuse to consider your application until your Visa has arrived. Placement companies will not be able to sponsor you.


If you have any other questions, you can e-mail us at: bbs-careers-ug@contacts.bham.ac.uk or book an appointment to speak to a Placement Officer.


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