Science Placements at USW

At USW we create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. 

We offer learning that reflects employer demands, and equip our students with the skills and experience to succeed. We produce employment-ready graduates who are a step ahead of their competitors. 

Professional Practice and Placement

A number of our undergraduate science courses include our professional practice and placement option. We offer a diverse range of placement options, including both sandwich years and a range of summer placements. 

Sandwich Placement 

Industrial sandwich placements* will take place in the penultimate year of a four-year degree. This will enable you to work with an employer related to your course to gain valuable experience and sector insights. 

Summer Placements

The summer placement options will usually take place at the end of your second year between June and September. You may work or volunteer with an employer, organisation, or community group*. Alternatively, we offer a live brief* where you will complete a desk-based work scenario and receive industry standard feedback from the organisation. 

Find out more about the types of placement opportunities we offer.

Support During Your Placement

During your time completing your placement, you will be assigned an academic mentor, to support you through the process and assessment. You will also have access to our placements team, which offer bespoke services to students during the application process and whilst undertaking your placement. 

Travel Bursary

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science offers a travel bursary which is available to all students undertaking an undergraduate sandwich degree. Find out more.

*Whilst we will support you to secure a placement, we cannot guarantee placements for every student. Placements with employers will usually require a selection process and will be subject to individual organisation’s discretion. 


Medical Sciences

Our graduates have found their placement year particularly beneficial as it has allowed them to gain practical, hands-on experience within their chosen career and the opportunity to learn directly from professionals based out in their industry. 


Alexandra Maneta, Forensic Science graduate, PhD student in SERC

Our sandwich degrees offer the perfect blend of academic study and practical work experience, allowing you to build confidence in the workplace and graduate work-ready from your degree programme.


shannan - women in science

It is not uncommon for placement year programmes to also open up future work opportunities in similar fields or professions for our graduates.

Science at USW

We offer a wide range of science degrees across the spectrum of courses from Biological and Chemical Sciences to Forensic and Environmental Sciences and we have a route into Medicine through our Medical Sciences course.


All our courses are accredited by professional bodies which mean they are of the highest standard. Studying an accredited course could give you a head start getting a job in your chosen industry and unlock doors to high-level jobs.


Our multi-million pound investment means our students are taught in a modern, purpose-built environments. Our lab facilities are on par with industry expectations and our crime scene house allows you to learn about potential issues that may arise at crime scenes such as contamination and how to avoid it.