Industrial placements

As a student at Oxford Brookes you'll benefit from our close ties to industry. Our location in the heart of one of the UK's most successful economic regions will provide you with a host of industrial placement and learning opportunities. Our students have taken placements at:

  • 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 Force
  • India F1
  • Softbox Systems
  • Triumph Motorcycles
  • Williams F1
  • Wirth Research
  • YASA Motors
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Undergraduate placements

We encourage you to take a supervised work placement in your third year of study. 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.

We have an excellent record of graduates gaining full-time employment 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.

What are the benefits of industrial placements?

Experienced graduates are in demand, so showing you have practical, on-the-job experience will enhance your employment prospects. Placements also:

  • apply your knowledge in a work environment and consolidate your understanding
  • gain work experience
  • give you a greater understanding of future career pathways
  • give you experience of career options you may not have considered before
  • provide you with a valuable network of contacts in the industry.

Those who undertake a work placement find that it enhances their CV and career prospects. On returning to university for your final year, the experience you have gained from your placement invariably improves your academic performance.

Many of our students go on to find full-time work with the companies where they did their industrial placement.