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Work placement

Work placements

Work placements

Where to start

All students at the University of Leeds are able to undertake a placement year as part of their degree. This is normally after year 2 or after year 3 if you are on an integrated masters. A placement year is a great way to develop your skills and are highly valued by employers. It gives you an opportunity to apply skills developed during your studies and learn about different industries and job sectors and helps you to decide what career direction is right for you. Each of our faculties has a dedicated Employability Team who can help you find and apply for placements and talk through the module requirements for your degree programme. You can find their contact details here.

If when speaking to your Faculty Employability Team they advise your home School does not offer a placement year option, you can take a placement via Student Careers and the CSER8000 Module.

Currently these are the School of Psychology; School of Sociology & Social Policy; School of Education; School of Law and the Lifelong Learning Centre. If you are a Joint Honours student and your parent department doesn't offer a placement year, Student Careers could help. Please email for further information. 

Research and Resources

There are so many different experiences to be had during a placement year, our students work in a range of industries and sectors and you can read about some of their experiences here.

If you’re not sure where to start, browse our online placement site 'Your Placement Year Guide' hosted on our VLE. This guide focuses on four main areas;

  • Securing your placement
  • Planning and preparing for your placement
  • Support during your placement
  • Finishing your placement and returning to University.

If you still have questions reach out to your local employability team as they will have even more advice and guidance to offer!

Meet our work placement students

by Leeds University Careers Centre