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Undergraduate placement scheme

We run a successful programme of laboratory, field research, science communication and enterprise/commercial placements with over 100 partner organisations worldwide.

Our partners include:

  • pharmaceutical and biotech companies
  • research institutes
  • hospitals
  • museums
  • research centres and research stations
  • sea life centres
  • universities
  • nature reserves
  • zoos.

We are always looking to expand our range of placements to reflect the growing range of science careers both inside and outside of the laboratory.

Why employ our undergraduates?

Only our brightest and best students are selected for the placement scheme, giving you access to potential employees with a high level of skill and a mature attitude in the workplace.

Many of our placement providers say that they would be delighted to welcome our students back as employees after graduation, and our students are often targeted by recruiters throughout the UK and Europe.

The benefits to your company of employing one of our placement students include:

  • a high-calibre, low-cost recruitment solution for up to 12 months;
  • control over who you employ, in line with your own recruitment policies;
  • a potential solution to a temporary vacancy or a project requiring extra assistance;
  • the opportunity to devote time to a project that you previously did not have the resources for;
  • a head start on recruiting the best new graduates for your company;
  • the creation of effective links with The University of Manchester that could benefit your business both now and in the future.

There are certain duties and requirements that you must commit to when employing one of our students through the placement scheme. Please contact us for further details of these.


"We have no hesitation in recommending this scheme to other employers. Not only does it aid long-term recruitment for your business, but it's also incredibly rewarding to see individuals develop and grow as they begin their career with you."

Aimee Stapleton / Havas Lynx, Manchester

How to advertise your placement

If you are interested in taking on one of our students for a placement at your company, please send us a job description and advert describing the role, area of work and type of skills you need, as well as when you wish the placement to begin and end. 

Placements can begin in June, July, August or September and must be between 9 and 12 months in length.

Recruitment usually begins in October and runs until June.  However, we would advise companies to advertise early to secure the best candidates for the role. 

Your placement will need to be approved by the Faculty Team before we can advertise the placement to the appropriate students.

We will collate CVs, applications, covering letters and send them to you, or we can direct students to online application forms.

If you would like to come and speak to students on campus, we would be happy to arrange this for you. Similarly, we can arrange for interviews to be held at the University if this is more convenient for you.

Contact us

If you would like more information about the placement scheme, please email