Work placements

The Partnerships and Placements Team is here to support you with work placements, and provide the link between the host, the student and your course tutors.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the content and nature of placements may have to change. This will be done in discussion with placement providers.

Gaining key employability skills through your work placements

A work placement offers you the opportunity of applying subject specific theoretical knowledge to a real life situation. It also provides you with crucial employability skills and personal attributes that employers are looking for.


There are numerous benefits of a work placement to enhance your employability skills such as:

  • providing a different perspective and a context for academic learning, an opportunity to put theory into practice,
  • co-operating with colleagues; making critical decisions and solving problems,
  • gaining confidence and awareness in your transferable skills for graduate employment,
  • helping you work on a whole range of employment skills, from learning about and adapting to workplace culture to time management and teamwork,
  • offering you the opportunity to network and create connections between your study and your personal development,
  • helping you develop your chosen career by giving you a chance to see how different departments work and connect.


Communication, Media and Culture

You will gain experience and engage with experts in media fields. Employers need graduates with experience and a critical understanding of how the media and communications work. Oxford is a hive of media and communications activity, with a wide range of industry contacts who frequently support students in finding internships.You can also choose to get involved in Oxford Brookes’ student-run TV, radio and print media.


What we offer

The Criminology Work Placement module is about ‘real world’ questions of crime and criminal justice. If you choose to complete the Criminology Work Placement Module, the partnerships and Placements team source your placement and match you up with an organisation based on what you tell us about yourself.

The overall objective of the placement is for you to develop as a reflective practitioner - and this is the focus of the two academic assignments while on placement.

Work placements gives you the opportunity to apply and practise your skills within a professional and practical context.

What to expect

Students taking this placement don’t usually engage directly with service users or client groups, as the focus is learning about how the organisation contributes to the identification, management and prevention of crime.

The types of activity could include:

  • Work shadowing: observing staff interactions as they perform their key duties
  • to understand the service they provide; attending meetings with internal or external partners
  • Learning about the role of the organisation and how it fits in with the wider field of criminal justice
  • Communications: assisting with websites; publications; case studies; community engagement work
  • Administration: minute taking; record keeping; event organising
  • Desk research and analysis
  • Small collaborative projects e.g.: relating to policy; law; literature reviews; best practice.

The types of placement providers we use

By choosing the Work Placement Module you could be placed in a number of settings, such as the police service, local councils, other public sector organisations and voluntary organisations or community projects. Wherever you’re placed, you’ll gain invaluable skills for your future career.

After you graduate

A work placement can be a stepping stone into a role you may not have previously considered, and allows you to learn more about how Criminology fits in the wider world.

The Oxford Brookes Criminology placement students were able to understand first-hand the impact of crime on victims and gain insight into our organisation.

Victims First Emotional Support Service


You can gain work experience in museums, libraries, the heritage industry, schools, or archives. This could include the Oxford Castle, the Museum Resources Centre at Witney, and Combe Mill on the Blenheim Estate. Past students have done projects such as researching locations for a visitor trail app, cataloguing parts of the Brookes Special Collection, and going into local primary schools to help with Magna Carta anniversary commemorations.

History of Art

There are many opportunities available to History of Art students in Oxford; you can gain work experience in museums, galleries, and auction houses. The University’s own exhibition space, the Glass Tank, offers two placements to History of Art students each year. Our undergraduates have also held both voluntary and paid positions at the Ashmolean, Modern Art Oxford, Sanders printsellers, and Mallams auctioneers.

Our module on curatorial practice also offers direct experience of the theoretical and practical issues involved in curating displays and exhibitions.

My course has definitely given me the opportunity to acquire transferable skills which will help me in the future, such as time management, group work, and research skills. The department also organises careers evenings where Brookes’ alumni come back and talk about their careers after university. The new Curatorial Practice module also invites guest lecturers to come and talk about their experiences of working in museums or within the art world. Opportunities like these are very helpful as they give a real sense of the range of directions you can go after your undergraduate studies finish. I am currently applying for a masters degree in History of Art or in Curating, but later on I would like to work in the arts sector.

Victoria Zicos, History of Art and Fine Art graduate


Our Philosophy course offers you the chance to get involved in a work and community related learning project. You can pick your own work placement and write a reflective journal of 3000 words based on the experience. You can even use your existing job as a basis for a study topic. For example if you work part-time in a care home, you could write a project on memory loss in Alzheimer's patients, or look at issues of power and authority in the workplace.

The Philosophy course also offers a ‘philosophy with schools’ programme. This voluntary programme offers you specialist training in this field before embarking on a placement in a local school, teaching philosophy to children as an enriching educational activity.

Student story: Philosophy within schools

Students sat together looking at their laptops

Student testimonials

“Placement provided a huge insight into the working world, particularly in an office environment. It allowed me to see first hand how crucial and effective teamwork and communication is... It has taught me the importance of working on my own initiative within a team”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

“A thoroughly enjoyable work placement, very relevant to criminological studies and lots to learn and take part in, would recommend to any student.”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

“During my placement I was able to shadow different people which allowed me to gain an overall understanding of the roles and responsibilities within the organisation... a variety of workloads expanded my abilities and capabilities for future job opportunities.”

Criminology Placement Student, 2020.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact the Placements team.