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)
Read Andy's profile - MChem with a Year in industry
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.
For further details please contact Dr Brian Grievson
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