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Work experience and placements

DMU offer a range of opportunities for our international students to gain work experience during their studies.

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Work placements

The majority of our undergraduate degrees offer students the opportunity to take a work placement as part of their course, as well as all of our postgraduate Computing and Engineering courses. This is an optional 12 month placement that will be relevant to the course. 

How do I find a work placement?

Once you join DMU a student will receive access to our online careers portal, making it easy to browse for placements and internship schemes. Our dedicated Careers and Employability Team can also support and provide professional workshops, interview presentations, and host talks by companies who offer placement schemes. 

Is the placement paid? 

The work placement is paid and past students have earned between £13,000 and £18,000 and worked for organisations such as Microsoft, IBM, BMW, Calvin Klein, O'Neill, 3M and GlaxoSmithKline. The fee to undertake a placement year is £750.

Is the placement guaranteed?

Places are competitive and the outcome is decided by the employer so we cannot guarantee a work placement.

Is a placement included in the student visa? 

To express an interest in undertaking a one-year work placement, a student must complete our online form, and if eligible, we can issue a CAS letter that includes both the duration of the studies and placement.

What happens if a student doesn't find a placement? 

If issued a visa is issued including the work placement, but the student does not subsequently undertake a placement, DMU will notify UKVI of the change in the expected end date and the visa will be shortened accordingly.


See how our Computing, Engineering and Media students benefitted from their placement 





#DMUworks is the university’s ambitious programme to ensure our students are work-ready in an increasingly competitive and global jobs marketplace.

As well as ensuring our students gain the necessary technical skills through their courses, our aim is to develop graduates who are professional, adaptable and business-aware. We want DMU students to have the skills and qualities that today’s employers are looking for.

Through #DMUworks, the university offers a wide range of opportunities, in the UK and internationally, including:

  • Professional experiences, placements, internships and volunteering
  • Work-readiness training, coaching and development
  • Business insider visits
  • Research and consultancy opportunities

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Other work opportunities

Full-time international students on a Tier 4 visa are also able to work up to 20 hours part-time per week while studying and up to 40 hours during the holidays. Our onsite recruitment agency Unitemps can help you find suitable part-time work at the university and in the local area.  


You can also work part-time as a student ambassador for one of our faculities or departments. This is a paid role, and as a student ambassador you may take on a variety of jobs including helping at Open Days, assisting at Higher Education fairs and conducting campus tours. 

Vacancies for student ambassador roles will be advertised on the Unitemps website.