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Placements and Internships

Student Placements


Undergraduate Placements drive talent into your business. The Undergraduate Placement Scheme offers solutions to a wide range of organisations looking for a cost effective method of attracting high calibre skilled staff that can bring new ideas, and for organisations wanting to gain a head start in graduate recruitment.

A number of courses within Science and Engineering incorporate a placement year which takes place after the second year of undergraduate studies. Many courses offer the opportunity for a short-term placement in addition to a full-time placement with a single employer.

The placement philosophy is one of partnership between employers and students, and of mutual benefit; to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience of industry in an area that relates to their academic studies, whilst employers are able to meet staffing needs in an innovative, flexible and low risk way.

The Science and Engineering Placements service at the University of Brighton has built up an excellent reputation with organisations throughout Europe. We have students working for privately owned companies, multinational corporations, government offices, local authorities, consultancies, research institutes and educational establishments.

Examples of courses offering a student placement include:

  • Biomedical Science BSc(Hons)
  • Biological Sciences BSc(Hons)
  • Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences BSc(Hons)
  • Ecology BSc(Hons)
  • Chemistry BSc(Hons)
  • Chemistry MChem
  • Product Design Technology with Professional Experience BSc (Hons)
  • Software Engineering BSc (Hons)
  • Software Engineering MComp


Companies that have taken Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry students on placement include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Custom Pharmaceuticals
  • Pfizer
  • BMW
  • Public Health England
  • National Grid



Funding for shorter internships


Santander Universities, in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering £1,500 grants to SMEs to fund a 12 week (full time equivalent) internship which is open to placement students and recent graduates from University of Brighton.

Please contact our Business Helpdesk: Chantal Batchelor, +44 (0)1273 643 098, email businesshelpdesk@brighton.ac.uk for more information on student placements and shorter internships

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