School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

  • Industrial placements

    Our students 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.

     
     

    What are the benefits of industrial placements?

    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.

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

    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

      

    Undergraduate placements

    Mechanical Engineering - 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/ Motorsport Engineering - 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 - 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.

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

    Accenture, BMW, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Culham Publications Services, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Higher Concept Software, IBM, Incuna, Intel, Net Solutions, Oxford Cryosystems, Pepsico, Siemens, Sony, Sophos and Waitrose

     

    Undergraduate placements

    You will be strongly encouraged to take a work placement in your third year of study, doing supervised work experience in commerce, industry or the public sector. More and more students are taking up this option, as they recognise the benefit of obtaining work experience, consolidating their understanding and being able to apply their knowledge in a work environment.

    While the sponsoring organisations do not guarantee a job, they will provide practice interviews, assessment centre experience and invaluable advice. And, of course, they are always on the lookout for the best students.

    On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained from the placement invariably improves your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement year company or organisation.

    It is possible to change your programme of study to include or exclude the work placement option up to the end of your second year.

    Students opting for the sandwich year will spend one year on work placement. We have a wide range of company contacts and can help you find an appropriate placement.

    Those who undertake a company-based work placement find that it enhances their CV and career prospects, and many are employed by their placement company on graduation.

    We encourage you to take a supervised work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. 

    On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained invariably improves your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation.

    We encourage you to take a work placement in the computer industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. 


    Postgraduate placements

    Placements are not guaranteed. However, the School's placement team can assist students in finding and applying for placements.

    Although this is the first year we have run postgraduate placements, our undergraduate placement scheme has been running for many years and students have worked in a wide range of international, national and local companies. Placements are paid employment and they will be undertaken between the taught component and the dissertation.

    They are open to home, EU and international students.

    The School's placement support team consists of Kashi Basu, the Academic Placement Coordinator and Andy King, the Partnership and Placements Manager. Academics from relevant subject areas also act as placement supervisors and help to maintain contact between the student and the University while the student is on placement. Support also includes placement workshops, clinic sessions, talks from placement officers and career advisers and all students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these services. 

    All placement students are allocated an academic supervisor. The supervisor will normally visit the student twice during the period of the placement. At the first visit, the supervisor ensures that appropriate training is being provided including Health and Safety training. The student will give a review of the work carried out, supported by a log book of activities. The supervisor will also have a discussion with the Industry Line Manager and resolve any issues that have arisen. The second visit will take place towards the end of the placement and the student will give a presentation on a selected part of their work. The student will submit a completed log book and the line manager will fill out a report to summarise their view on the student's performance. If any problems arise during the placement the student or the line manager can contact the academic supervisor and additional meetings can be arranged as required, to address and resolve the issues.