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No matter what you are studying at DMU your course should have a placement element attached to it. It might be a mandatory placement that you will need to undertake to pass your course. Or perhaps an opportunity to complete a 12 month sandwich placement. We have the information that you need to know. 


Mandatory placements

A mandatory placement is critical work experience as required by the relevant associated professional body

Optional sandwich placements

A sandwich placement is where you take a year out between your second and third year to gain valuable, relevant work experience. Data shows employers are more likely to recruit a graduate who has undertaken a placement. So why not give yourself the best possible chance of landing your dream job when you graduate. Placements are a great experience. However remember it does not define the rest of your career. Instead it is a stepping stone to get you to where you want to be.

Placement benefits

Most of our courses have credit bearing placement years. Please check with your relevant team to find out about yours. This means you will earn credits to your final degree by undertaking a placement. It is also common for students to return in their final year with a firm job offer. This could be on the company’s graduate scheme or an actual role. 

The world is full of opportunities

Placements do not have to be limited to the UK. You can go anywhere in the world, as long as your Placement Team deem you to be safe. Previous students have spent time throughout Europe, America, China and part of Africa. Just make sure that you can afford to live there. Some countries will pay an internship allowance not a full wage. Please also check that you can also afford the costs of airfares, and Visa’s

Where can I find more information?

From the moment you join DMU there are so many opportunities for you to enhance your skills. All will help to prepare you for the competitive recruitment processes in your second year. Make a start now and explore our advice for first year students.

If you are a second year student thinking about a placement then why not discover everything that you need to know.

If your dream is to run your own business, then why not explore our enterprise placement year? Spend the year exploring setting up and running your own business. Spaces are limited so don’t delay in applying.

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