Biochemical Engineering


Industry Placements


Why do an industry placement or a summer studentship?

Getting work experience gives you valuable knowledge and practical skills that put you a step ahead of other students. This is true when applying for both permanent jobs and doctoral research positions.

By spending time in industry or in a research lab you will learn on the job, giving you the opportunity to develop practical skills at an occupational level. You will get a glimpse into your future work life, learn from industrialists and researchers and start building up a network in the bioprocessing sector.

What to expect?

Summer Placement
Year in Industry (MEng Students Only)

Our Industry Contacts


We have well established industry contacts throughout the UK and abroad through research collaborations and our alumni network. These contacts range from large international pharmaceutical corporations, to specialist bioprocessing companies and small start-ups.

In the past students have taken up summer placements and Extra Mural Years in companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Astra Zeneca, UCB, Fujifilm Diosynth, Eli Lilly, Biopharm Services and Puridify.

How does it work?

Here you can find the latest offers for placements:  

PRISM - The Opportunity Portal

Industry placements and summer studentships are competitive. It is the responsibility of the student to find a placement but we are happy to help. Seeking the placement yourself ensures you are finding work in your preferred field. It will also provide you with important job-hunting skills.

Our placement coordinator, your personal tutor and the faculty careers team can help you with your CV and your application. The placement coordinator will offer you guidance and assistance while identifying and negotiating placement opportunities.