Professional Placement Year

A year in industry offers you the opportunity to explore a role in an organisation over a 6 – 12 month period. You will complete your year in industry in your third year, after your first two years of study and then return to complete your fourth and final year.

Many students find that completing a year in industry significantly enhances their employability when they come to graduate, and many students are offered employment with their work placement organisation upon graduation.

While it is your responsibility to find a placement, there is dedicated support on offer to you from the Business School to help you find a placement and prepare for your year in industry. We will help you to identify suitable opportunities, make applications and prepare for interviews, secure a role, and monitor and support you during your placement. The school has strong links with industry in Kent, as well as other national and international organisations.

Available for all Business School students

A year in industry is available to all undergraduate students studying a Business School programme, including single and combined honours.

Previous students have worked at companies such as Sainsbury’s, Enterprise Rent-a-car, The Royal Automobile Club, COTY and many more. You can read about our students' experiences by reading our student work placement profiles.  

For more information contact the Placements team:


Any student studying a Business School programme (combined or single honours) can complete a year in industry.

The tuition cost of the programme is £1,350*. This can be covered by SFE and you are still entitled to a reduced maintenance loan.

*Please note that fees are subject to change. The figure quoted represents the 2014/15 tuition fee.

You are solely responsible for securing your own placement, but there is extensive support on offer to you. The programme is not currently credit bearing and does not relate to your final degree mark.

We encourage all placements to be paid. Salaries range from £13.5k – £21k p.a. If a student decides to complete an unpaid placement this is their decision, but it is not recommended.

You will be recognised for this on your degree transcript which will read ‘COURSE TITLE with a professional placement’.

There is extensive support on offer to you from the placement team and University careers team. This takes the form of workshops, one-to-one appointments and other initiatives.

You are required to complete a placement portfolio, a reflective piece of writing on your experience. This is graded as pass or fail.

Yes, anyone can apply for the year in industry as long as you haven’t yet completed your second year of study.

You can complete your placement anywhere you like providing it meets the placement quality criteria. Students have completed placements across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

Not at all, the point of completing a placement is to give you career focus. Therefore we encourage you to explore your career interests, which may not always be what you are studying. 

The Business School has links with a number of companies across the UK and abroad. We encourage students to work for a variety of companies across a number of different industries dependent on your career interests. We have relationships with companies such as The Royal Automobile Club, Medway Community Healthcare, Grant Thornton, Cummins Power, Deeson, Google and IBM. 


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