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Through its dedicated Careers Hub and strong relationships with employers, ECS provides enviable opportunities for students to gain industrial experience, including summer placements. Students on our main MEng and MComp programmes may now also apply to take a year in industry with one of our recognised partner companies and to graduate with an MEng or MComp degree with Industrial Studies.

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A year in industry – sometimes known as a placement year, or sandwich year – is a great way to give you a competitive edge among graduate recruiters by showing you can relate your academic skills and knowledge to contemporary industrial practice. It can help you to connect with future employers, add value to your CV or launch your career in a new-found direction, as well enabling you to develop business and team-working skills in your chosen industry.

The year in industry is taken after Year 2 or Year 3 and is assessed by academics and industry experts. During the year you will continue to have the support of the University with regular contact between you and the ECS team. There are reduced fees while you are on placement and you will receive a salary from the company for that year.

Courses with Industrial Studies – apply direct

Applications for these programmes should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS):

  • MEng Computer Science - UCAS code 10II
  • MEng Electronic Engineering - UCAS code HH61
  • MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering - UCAS code HH60
  • MEng Electrical Engineering - UCAS code HH62
  • MEng Mechatronic Engineering - UCAS code H36H
  • MEng Software Engineering - UCAS code II30

Courses with Industrial Studies – apply on course

If you are interested in these programmes you should apply for the MEng or MComp as normal, and then apply to transfer to the Industrial Studies pathway during the second or third year of your degree. Acceptance is based on academic performance during your course and selection by a suitable employer: 

  • MEng Aerospace Electronic Engineering
  • MEng Biomedical Electronic Engineering
  • MComp IT in Organisations

I am so glad I accepted this placement. I learned so much about presenting, communicating – many things you don’t necessarily learn at university – and the amount of contacts I made was amazing.

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