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The experience of going abroad for a year in employment has been life-changing for me. I gained a tremendous amount of work and life experience and learned how to fully appreciate another culture and linguistic environment

Peter Jenkins, BA History with Employment Experience

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students

Work Placements

Having professional work experience alongside your degree is now more important than ever in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.

  • 59% of graduates that were hired by top undergraduate employers were former interns and placement students (Ratemyplacement, 2020)
  • 44% of placement students were hired into graduate jobs by their placement employer (ISE Survey, 2019)
  • >1/3 of recruiters advise that graduates with no work experience are unlikely to be successful during the selection processes for the top employers’ graduate programmes (High Fliers Research, 2018)

In the College of Humanities there are a number of ways you can complete a work placement as part of your degree programme:

With Employment Experience

The 'with Employment Experience' programme gives all Humanities students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the UK or abroad during their third year, before returning for their fourth and final year of study.

Humanities in the Workplace module

Our College-wide second-year module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all Humanities students and offers the opportunity to gain credit-bearing work experience in a broad range of sectors.


Students on our Archaeology programme have ample opportunity to undertake credit-bearing work placements and gain professional experience as part of their degree.  Modules such as Archaeological Fieldwork Project (ARC2003) and Archaeology Professional Placement (ARC3003) allow students to source and undertake relevant work placements in preparation for pursuing a career in archaeology and the heritage and cultural sector.

Modern Languages Year Abroad

Undergraduate students in the Department of Modern Languages spend their third year working or studying abroad as an integral part of their degree.