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Work placements are a great way to boost your professional skills and knowledge. They provide an opportunity to put theory into practice, giving you valuable industry experience to support your academic studies. They may also lead directly to your first graduate job.

Through our connections with organisations locally and worldwide, DMU helps students set up placements that suit their interests and aspirations.

Information for applicants: placement terms and conditions

Types of placements

We offer the following types of placements:

Sandwich year placements as an option within the majority of undergraduate and some postgraduate degrees

Mandatory placements of varying lengths as an integral component of degree programmes where industry experience is part of your degree qualification (includes the majority of programmes taught in Health and Life Sciences and some programmes in other Faculties)

Shorter-length placements as an option within specified programmes

Faculty placement teams

Each faculty has a specialist placement team to help you secure a placement by providing:

  • Access to hundreds of placement opportunities
  • One-to-one CV advice, interview preparation and ongoing application support
  • Training sessions and workshops
  • Pre-departure preparation and tutor support throughout your placement
  • Cultural preparation for placements overseas, working in partnership with #DMUglobal
  • Feedback from employers to help improve performance

To discuss work-placement opportunities related to your course, contact the placement team in your faculty:

Health and Life Sciences - Edith Murphy House 1.23

Technology - Gateway House 4.13

Business and Law - Hugh Aston Building 0.36 

Art, Design and Humanities - Clephan Building 0.07 

Placements – key facts

  • Placements provide specific industry experience that is relevant to your degree course
  • As part of your placement you will carry out assessed academic work reflecting on your placement learning, leading to a Placement Certificate and recognition on your Higher Education Achievement Report, or contributing to degree classification
  • You will have a Placement Tutor who will usually visit you during the placement
  • Sandwich year placements begin between June and September, depending on the employer, and run for 12 months. This timing applies to September-start and January-start postgraduate degrees, as well as all undergraduate degrees
  • Undergraduate sandwich placements take place following completion of the second year
  • You will be offered a programme of support to apply for placements. This service is offered by the Placement Team in every Faculty. It is the student’s responsibility to engage with this support, to actively apply for placements and attend employer interviews when invited
  • Employers advertise and recruit for placements up to one year in advance
  • All placements are subject to approval by the University
  • The current sandwich year fee is £650 (Home/EU) and £750 (Overseas). Home/EU students may be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loan support from Student Finance England (or relevant body).
  • Students may have to pay the cost of travel to interviews for optional placements. The University offers eligible students an Interview Travel Bursary to help offset these costs
  • Students will have to pay their living costs while on placement, including travel and accommodation
  • Students with a Tier 4 visa who are already studying at DMU will need to extend their visa to include a sandwich year and pay any associated costs. Students should seek early advice from DSU Welfare on the processes involved. The application for extension can only be made once a confirmed placement offer has been received in writing from an employer. Students may be required to return to their home country to apply for the visa extension, dependent on UKVI policy. Having a placement offer from an employer does not guarantee the visa extension will be approved by UKVI
  • From 2016-17 entry, new students applying to DMU are required to state their interest in taking a sandwich year before coming to the university. Please refer to the Terms and conditions at the top of this page
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