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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. Wherever you do your research project, your work is assessed throughout the year and contributes to your final degree classification.


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.

Industrial Research Project

The Industrial Research project 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. Companies recruit our students through a competitive interview process.

International Research Project

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.