Undergraduate Industrial Placements

Student industrial placements can help a business to innovate and grow by providing access to departmental research resources and academic knowledge; offer an affordable recruitment option and identify future graduate talent. The Department of Physics offers several different ways for businesses to a host a student or to organise a campus-based research & development project.

Physics Year in Industry

All single subject BSc / MPhys degree programmes are available with a Year in Industry.  The industrial placement takes place in the penultimate year of the degree programme. To be classed as a completed Year in Industry a student must spend a minimum of 9 months, ideally 12 months with the host company.     

Final year projects

BSc group projects:

These projects constitute a quarter of the final year marks and students are expected to devote 10 hours per week each for 20 weeks.  Usually consisting of between 2-4 students these projects are based at the department. 

MPhys projects:

Department-based projects:  Students spend 18 hours per week over three terms (24 weeks) during their final year.   

Company-based projects: Students spend 4 months full-time in industry from mid-January to mid-June of their final year. In this case, students have sat all their final year examinations prior to joining the company. 


Any questions?

For further information about industrial placements or departmental based industrial projects please contact:

Dr Andrew Hirst

  • +44 (0)1904 322285
  • andrew.hirst@york.ac.uk
  • Dr Andrew Hirst
  • White Rose Industrial Physics Academy
    Department of Physics
    University of York
    YO10 5DD