Year 4 working in industry

Around 50 organisations currently participate in our “year in industry” scheme. This differs from the traditional industrial “sandwich” year, with the emphasis very much on carrying out a research project.

Typically, over 40 of our students spend a year in industry, and we currently have 51 students on placement this year.

The department negotiates with each placement provider to ensure that the nature of the training and project work provide an appropriate challenge.

Most of the organisations are UK-based companies, but some are in other European countries such as The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland and a small number, for example, Medical Research Council Technology and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, are not industrial organisations in the normally accepted sense.  MChem Industry Placements (PDF , 30kb)

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During your year in industry you will have

  • A University placement supervisor
  • An industrial supervisor
  • You will all meet at intervals to discuss progress and plans for the rest of the placement
  • The meetings may take place at York or at the company

What your work will consist of during the placement

  • A substantial portion consists of a project on which you write a report which forms a major part of your assessment
  • There is also an element of “distance learning” in your programme for the year, so that you do not lose contact with the academic side of your course

The Chemical Industry seems to appreciate the extra maturity and the enhanced background in chemistry shown by Year 4 students. Some companies offer permanent employment to graduates whom they have trained on an industrial placement.

Although you are free to accept such an offer, we must stress that you are not under any obligation to do so.

How the scheme works

  • At the end of Year 2 you will receive details of the placements for your year
  • You then identify the placements in which you are interested
  • At the start of Year 3 you apply for the placements through the department
  • Companies then select the students they wish to interview for particular placements
  • Interviews are conducted
  • Companies make offers which students can then accept or decline

For further details please contact Dr Brian Grievson

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My year in industry has given me a better idea about my future, I now feel certain that I can enjoy a career in the chemical industry

Ian, MChem Year 4 industry