Professional Training placements

Our Professional Training placement programme give students unique access to the world of work as part of their degree. Across the University we have over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas and these organisations provide opportunities for our students to put their skills into practice and to experience a real professional environment. 

The placement year forms an important part of your education and aims to develop your professional, practical, interpersonal, organisational, and creative and/or technical skills, and to allow you to apply some of the theory that you have learned in the first two years of the programme. A Professional Training tutor will work with you to prepare you for the placement period and help you to choose and organise an appropriate placement and host organisation.

Bursary opportunities

Listen to student Ollie Sibson talk about how his bursary helped fund and support his Professional Training placement.

BMus (Hons) Music

The third year of our BMus (Hons) Music can be spent away from the University, working in a professional role for major arts and music organisations. The senior Professional Training tutor will work with you to prepare you for the placement period and help you to choose and organise an appropriate placement and host organisation. 

Types of industry placement are varied and can take place anywhere in the country, although many have been London-based. Recent students have worked in areas of music management and administration, concert management, music education, marketing, music publishing, venue management, on and off-line record labels and music retail. 

Organisations and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

Read our blog post

Keeping it classic with the LSO: Reflections from a typical placement visit.

Previous placement providers

  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Royal Opera House
  • Schott Music Publishing
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • South Hill Park Arts Centre
  • HMV
  • Royal School of Church Music
  • Orchestra of St Johns (OSJ)
  • Faber Music Publishers
  • Sherriff Rosebriars Trust
  • State 51
  • The Point
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Signum Records
  • The Drill Hall.

BSc (Hons) / BMus (Hons) Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister)

Read our blog post

Tonmeister placement year – the 5 coolest things

Previous placement providers

  • Air Studios
  • Sky Post Production
  • Peter Gabriel Ltd
  • Spitfire Audio
  • DiGiCo
  • Mach Acoustics
  • Dolby Content Services
  • Floating Earth.

BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) Film and Video Production

Our students have completed Professional Training placements across the film and media sector in areas such as film marketing, film festivals, film, television and documentary production, and games in the UK and overseas.

Previous placement providers

  • Community Film Unit
  • MTV
  • Picture Production Company
  • Renegade Pictures
  • Soul Rebel Films.