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University of Exeter Business School

Postgraduate Programmes with Industrial Experience

If you opt for our With Industrial Experience programme, you’ll get the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills you’ve already developed in your first year. This means that you’ll gain greater confidence, as well as practical experience, which you can take forward as part of your plans after graduation.

What’s more, your placement will give you a proven employment track record and professional networking opportunities, which will give you a significant advantage when you set out to find your first graduate job.

With Industrial Experience - frequently asked questions

Some common questions are listed below, if you have a question about the Industrial Experience programme that isn't answered here, please get in touch with the Careers Team:

Students follow a comprehensive careers management programme and are supported in their work placement search by the Business School’s Employability Advisers and Programme Director. Ultimate responsibility for sourcing and securing the work placement rests with the student.

We expect the majority of our students who actively apply and compete for roles to secure a placement. It is a competitive process in an ever-changing labour market, which requires resilience and persistence. However, we adapt our support depending on recruitment trends, to make sure students have the skills they need to succeed and are on hand to advise and support students every step of the way.

This will vary depending on your placement provider and location.

The minimum placement length requirement is 33 weeks excluding holidays.  Your placement should start no later than mid-October and end no sooner than mid-May.  Exact dates for your particular placement year will be provided to you.

Two years, with your second year on placement.

All students need to have passed a minimum of 135 credits by July in Year 1.

Successful completion of the With Industrial Experience taught modules.

Yes you would be registered as a student and eligible for the usual student discounts, exceptions and support whilst out on placement for example:

  • Council Tax
  • Student Fees and Finances
  • Oyster Cards
  • NUS
  • Guild Services
  • Uni Card

You will be required to attend a non-credit bearing module designed to prepare and support you through the process of searching and securing a placement.  These sessions are compulsory and will appear on your timetable.

Fees for your placement year will be charged at 20% of the standard programme fee.

Fees cover module assessment and support from your personal and academic tutor, employability advisers, IT services and other student support services.

You can complete your placement in the UK or anywhere in the world. Placements abroad will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking a thorough risk assessment into account.

You simply revert to the standard 12 month programme.

The placement year assessment currently comprises of:

  • A Reflective Essay
  • A Business Report

You will be allocated an academic tutor to support you during your placement year.

Yes, the with Industrial Experience option will not impact on your ability to apply for the Graduate Visa.