School of Computing

What is an industrial placement?

It is a work placement during the course of your studies and is an ideal way to get a clearer picture of current graduate careers in computing and IT. It is a 'real' job with real deliverables and a salary.

The Placement Team has industrial links with hundreds of companies from numerous industries, both in the UK and overseas. Our industrial partners include:

Banks: Morgan Stanley, J.P.Morgan, Goldman Sachs
Pharmaceutical: Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline
Entertainment: Warner Brothers, Disney
Technology: IBM, Microsoft, Cisco Systems
Defence: DSTL, Thales, BAE Systems
Consulting: Accenture, CGI

The average placement salary outside London is over £16,000. Some salaries in London are over £30,000.

Year in Industry for undergraduates

The Year in Industry (also known as the sandwich or placement year) is taken by nearly 70% of our undergraduate students and can form part of any of the School of Computing's degree programmes. Taking place between the second and final years of study, the Year in Industry gives you the opportunity to work in real-life, business-critical roles which relate to your programme of study. The placement year forms an integral and assessed part of the degree and gives you the opportunity to put into practice much of the knowledge gained in the first two years of study, as well as completely new skills that will be useful for your future.

Some students are able to collaborate with their placement employer on their final-year project, and some even secure a graduate job offer before their placement ends.

Master's Placements

All full-time taught Master's programmes in the School of Computing can optionally be combined with a work placement of between 8 and 50 weeks. Placements provide an opportunity to work in real-life, technical and business roles putting into practice knowledge gained from the MSc programme and developing new skills.They are also an ideal way to get a clearer picture of current graduate careers in computing and IT. The experience gained gives you an extra edge when applying for jobs in the future.

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 23/07/2015