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International Placements and Exchanges

An attractive option available to MChem students involves a one year industrial placement or an exchange with one of our partner universities overseas, undertaken during year 5 of their degree. Approximately 70% of the class will take advantage of one of these opportunities.

The benefits resulting from these experiences in terms of both academic and personal development and future employability are very substantial.

  • Gain valuable work experience that provides future advantages. A year in industry or abroad broadens your horizons and builds on the communication, teamwork and lab-based skills developed during your first 4 years.
  • Earn a salary on industrial placement.
  • Work outside the UK in locations such as Japan, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, Belgium and The Netherlands.
  • Typically, 70% of our MChem students undertake a placement or exchange.

Student Placement and Exchanges Video

Students who've been on placements and exchanges give their thoughts on the benefits of their experience.


Degrees with Industrial Experience


The Industrial Experience course is a full 12 month period of employment within the research or development function of a wide range of companies or research institutes. The placements are assessed and contribute to the final degree classification. The majority of students remain in the UK, but every year a number of opportunities overseas are available. Our overseas industrial placements are particularly popular.

Our Students Say:

"I have gained a large amount of practical and theoretical chemistry knowledge, learned how the chemical industry operates and what would be expected of me if I were to gain a career in industrial chemistry. I have also gained valuable transferable skills such as teamwork, presentations and problem solving skills."

Degrees with A Year Abroad

Our students can spend a year at one of our partner institutions. You will spend a full academic year working as part of a cutting-edge research group at your host institution. You will not take any lectures or tutorials while on placement. We offer exchanges in Europe, the USA and the Far East.