Work and research placements
Work and research placements can be invaluable experiences that shape participants' futures. It is a time where you can make new friends and useful contacts, gain skills to make your CV stand out, and possibly earn some money for your work.
Preparation for the working world
Many of our degrees, especially those in the Faculties of
the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences, Laws and Medical Sciences,
include teaching from practising professionals.
These degrees also
provide you with work placement and/or sandwich year opportunities,
which allow you to experience life in the working world. As a result,
you will gain valuable insights into your future career and vital work
Some degrees will also lead to accreditation from a professional body, or lead to chartered status
in the case of Engineering degrees.
Year in Industry opportunities
The Year in Industry initiative organises relevant work
placements for young people to spend a year out before or during their
university degree. You will receive a salary, as well as gaining
professional skills and an understanding of how your academic studies
translate to the workplace.
Many of our departments encourage participation in the scheme and are happy to defer your admission for a year while you participate.
Undergraduate summer research placements
Some UCL departments in the Faculties of Engineering
Sciences, Life Sciences, and Mathematical & Physical Sciences offer
you undergraduate summer research placements.
These provide a great
opportunity for you to discover how research is undertaken in
universities and to make a real contribution to a research field. You
could also learn more about a topic which could lead to exciting
opportunities in your undergraduate research project or a PhD degree.
During the placement you will join a research team working on a specific project in your department over the summer vacation. Bursaries are normally available.
The Student View
Peter attended a two-month summer school at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, with the help of a Study Abroad bursary.
"We each conducted our own research project - I was looking at a possible alternative mechanism for the magnetic sense in pigeons. At the end of the project, we each gave a presentation in front of the other students, students in the institute and faculty members from the IMP and other institutes about our research. It was an amazing experience - a really good group of people and an amazing environment. Vienna is gorgeous, and we were encouraged to explore and enjoy the city. The facilities at the institute were incredible, and I would love to go back to the IMP at some point in the future. My supervisor taught me a lot, not just about the project I was working on, but about some of the other projects in the lab and throughout the IMP. I have used a lot of what I learnt in my classes and project back at UCL in my final year."
Peter Vincent, Fourth Year, Natural Sciences MSci