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. 

On our science courses you have the opportunity to spend up to a year working in the industry to give you the best start to your career. 


Your placement year is often known as your “sandwich year.” A sandwich placement is a validated work experience opportunity that forms part of a university degree programme known as a sandwich course. 

Sandwich placements are usually taken in the penultimate year of a four-year degree. The name derives from the fact that the course includes a placement year which is ‘sandwiched’ in the middle of the degree. However, this isn’t the only option available for work placements. 


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.