Year in Industry

Competition for graduate jobs is tough so you need to do what you can to stand out from the crowd. Gaining relevant work experience can often give you that point of difference, helping you to develop skills and experience that will enhance your university education and maximise your prospects.

School of Computer Science students all have an excellent opportunity to supplement their studies with a year working in industry. In fact, many of our students go on to work for their year-out employers after graduating.

How does it work?

If you choose this option, you will spend the first two years of your degree at Birmingham, followed by the placement year on a salary, then back to the University for your final year. During your year in industry you will be able to put taught theory into practice, as well as gain valuable experience and skills.

Who will my placement be with?

Several well-known companies sponsor our student prizes and offer work placements, all of which are organised by the University Careers Service and the School of Computer Science Work Placement Officer. To gain a placement you will need to find an opportunity that suits your career goals, present your CV and attend an interview, all of which you will be supported in by our Work Placement Officer.

What will I do?

The School and placement company work together to devise a programme of study for you that is linked to the industrial work. This will include basic skills and project elements. At the end of the year you will be awarded a Certificate of Industrial Studies.

For more information contact:

The Industrial Placements Tutor, School of Computer Science:


External Relations Manager, Ms. Padma Reddy: Email: