Industrial Placements

 

Industrial Placements

Oxford Brookes students discuss their placements.

Industrial placement profiles

It was a really interesting insight into work and what I could do with my degree.
Molly Fitches, BSc Mathematics and Computer Science

Our undergraduates benefit from our close ties to industry. As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of industrial placement and other learning opportunities.

Many of our undergraduate courses offer the option of participating in industrial placements, for example:

Mechanical Engineering placements

Our industrial placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence. We have placement opportunities with local automotive and product manufacturing companies.

You will be encouraged to undertake a industrial placement for one year between the second and final years of your course. More and more students are taking up this option, as they recognise the benefits of obtaining industrial experience, consolidating their understanding of mechanical engineering in general and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industrial environment. On returning to the university for their final year, the experience they have gained invariably improves their academic performance.

We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial-placement-year company. Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted in finding a suitable placement.


Automotive / Motorsports placements

Our industrial placement programme has been commended by professional bodies as a model of excellence. We have placement opportunities with local automotive and product manufacturing companies.

You will be encouraged to undertake a industrial placement in industry for one year between the second and final years of your course. More and more students are taking up this option, as they recognise the benefit of obtaining industrial experience, consolidating their understanding of the automotive engineering industry and having the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an industrial environment.

On returning to university for their final year, the experience they have gained invariably improves their academic performance. We have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation with their industrial placement-year company.

Sponsored students spend the year with their sponsoring company. Students who are not sponsored will be assisted in finding a suitable placement.


Mathematics / Mathematical Sciences / MMath placements

It is possible to study single honours Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences as a four-year sandwich course, the third year being spent in supervised work experience. A placement is also possible if you are combining Mathematics with certain subject areas such as computing.

It is possible to study for the MMath in Mathematics as a five-year sandwich course, the third year being spent in supervised work experience.


What are the benefits of an industrial placement?

Industrial placements provide a great opportunity to put the skills you have learned during your course to use in a professional environment. Experienced graduates are much in demand, and showing you have practical on-the-job experience will greatly enhance your employment prospects.

Industrial placements are also an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of potential future career pathways, and try career options you may not have previously considered. They also provide you with a valuable network on contacts in the industry, with many of our placement students going on to find full-time work with the companies at which they did their industrial placement.

What sort of companies do students take placements at?

In recent years our students have completed work placements at a wide range of companies, including: AP Racing, Aston Martin, Bentley Motors, BMW, Caterpillar UK, CTG - UTC Aerospace Systems, Delta Motorsport, DJ Engineering Services Ltd, EDF Energy, Ford Motor Company, Ginetta Cars, JCB, KW Motorsport, McLaren Automotive, Mercedes AMG, Nissan, Nitron Racing System, Norbar Torque Tools, Oxford Optronix, Rally Preparation Services, Red Bull Racing, Robert Bosch, Rolls Royce, Sahara ForceIndia F1, Softbox Systems, Triumph Motorcycles, Williams F1, Wirth Research and YASA Motors