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business Postgraduate Business Placement Year

Undertaking a Placement Year is a great way to put academic theory into practice, gain significant professional skills and elevate your career.

What is a Placement Year?

Our practically-focused business Master’s programmes include the option of a Placement Year in employment. Taking place in the year following the completion of a Master’s programme, a Placement Year is an opportunity to gain valuable work experience related to your study and develop professional skills that will enhance your future employment prospects.


So how does it work?

Whilst you will be responsible for finding your own work placement (which is paid employment), you will be fully supported by a Placement Tutor and our dedicated Business Employability Team. Throughout the year, you will receive monthly coaching from a Placement Tutor to help accelerate skills development and self-awareness within a work environment, complementing the knowledge gained from our academic courses. The hours per week that you work will be determined by your placement organisation, however, expect it to be between 18 hours and 35 hours per week for a minimum of 30 weeks.

If you have chosen not to undertake a Placement Year, but subsequently change your mind after starting a programme, we offer you the flexibility to transfer to the placement version of your chosen MSc within a period during your first year of studies.

A 20% charge of the full year standard fee applies to the Placement Year for programmes starting from January 2023.

Our placement year courses are open to everyone including international students, who can contact our International office for specific advice and guidance at [email protected].


For full details on Postgraduate Placement Years, please see our Placement Year FAQs.

Benefits of a placement year

businessThe benefits of a Placement Year

Considering the option of a work Placement Year? Take a look at our top reasons for undertaking a work placement as part of your business master's course.