Department of Computer Science

Professional training year

We have strong links with industry which is one of the reasons why our undergraduates are some of the most employable in the country. Our professional training year helps you to gain the experience you need to stand out from the crowd, and the opportunity to gain graduate job offers from your placement companies.

Undergraduate placement experiences

Learn about some of our student's experiences in the videos below or see more on our YouTube PTY Video channel or if viewing from China on YouKu.

Experience counts

All of our undergraduate degrees offer the optional placement year. We provide dedicated support to help you find and apply for a placement position, as well as visits during your placement to make sure you are gaining the experience you need in a supportive environment.

Not only will you gain valuable experience in a real job, the placement year is also paid, with salaries typically £16,000 to £19,000 p.a. and roughly £3,000 more for placements in London. On top of this, we find that placement students return with much improved time and project management, communication and team work skills. This is demonstrated through focussed study and determination to achieve good degrees.


At the start of your second year, we help you apply for placement jobs through:

  • Help with your CV
  • Interview practice
  • Linking you with employers
  • Employer workshops

During your placement we visit you to:

  • Help you settle in
  • Assess the experience you are gaining
  • Help you record your experience