Second year placement information

Great news that you are interested in a placement! Here you will find all the information that you need, and  what will be required of you before, during and after.

Have you already completed the Essential Placement Skills module located on MyGateway? If not then head over there and complete this valuable short online course as this is designed to accelerate your success with placement applications.


Understanding credits

So this is what you need to know about completing a placement at DMU. In addition to a great experience you will also be enrolled on a 30 credit module for the year*. This will count towards your level 5 (normally second year) marks. In order to pass these 30 credits you will need to fully complete the module.

This normally includes:

  • Completing a minimum of 40 weeks of placement
  • A piece of written academic work
  • Submission of a monthly submitted training and development log
  • Additional requirements dependent on faculty

*All engineering courses and some science courses are currently excluded from the standard credit-bearing model due to external accreditations.  

Please check with your faculty placement team to learn more.

Support available to you

The placement teams are with you from your first year to when you return after your placement. You will be allocated a Placement Tutor who will visit and support you. They will ensure that you are on track with the academic requirements to pass the year.

Key financial information

The placement year costs £650 for Home/EU students and £750 for international students. For UK based placements you should expect your  employer to pay at least the National Minimum Wage. Salary conditions for international placements will vary and it’s important you double check the details, asking for the Placement Team to help you if you need.  #DMUglobal will usually provide support for overseas placements and you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if working abroad in the European Union.

Other funding support includes:

  • The interview travel bursary that can help you pay the costs of travel when applying for placements or graduate roles
  • Retaining your student status during the placement year means you are eligible to rent student accommodation
  • In addition you can apply for a student Oyster card if working in London for the year
  • If eligible, you can also apply for student finance during the placement year; though you may be entitled to less than you receive in a standard study year

What do I need to do now? 

The first thing is to attend a placement briefing session, bookable via MyGateway. Here you will be provided with more detailed information and can ask any questions you have. You will meet your faculty placement team, who  will be on hand to help you throughout the process.

Find out about the tailored workshops and bookable one-to-one appointments, the Placement Fair and our programme of employer presentations – these are all designed to help you succeed and get the placement you are looking for.

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