There's a wide variety of opportunities for you to further your career development throughout the year at City.
It also includes School-specific opportunities such as industry experience in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering or clinical placements with the School of Health and Psychological Sciences.
We also list a large number of graduate job opportunities on behalf of recruiters.
Placements and internships
Many of City's courses provide the opportunity to undertake a placement or internship as part of your studies. The type of opportunities available varies by school and course.
School of Science and Technology
The Professional Liaison Unit within the school supports both students and employers through the process of undertaking or providing placements, internships and work-based learning.
They will provide you with help and guidance to secure placements in the following subject areas.
Biomedical engineering students undertake professional industry work which can relate to their degree programme whilst some students choose to undertake a placement in a different area of the engineering sector.
Some examples of the roles our students have undertaken on placement include; a trainee clinical technologist, a ventilator technician, a machine interface engineer and a laboratory intern.
Our biomedical engineering students undertake placements for a range of employers including the medical technology industry, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS and private hospitals, the government and engineering firms. Our students select their placements depending on their individual interests and future career goals.
Previous Biomedical Engineering students have completed placements in various organisations and a small example of where our students have been placed include:
- Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Urban Science.
Civil Engineering students can opt to spend a year in industry on a work placement at the end of the third year of the MEng course. All students can also spend the summer months on an internship.
Students work across a range of sectors and functions such as Rail, Airports, Tunnelling, Asset Maintenance, Geo-Environmental, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Construction.
Placements are paid and are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. Selecting a placement year could also count towards the experience requirement for a professional engineering qualification.
Students learn how to confidently apply skills and methods learnt during your studies. The exact skills depend on the scope of the placement.
It is likely that expertise is developed in some of the following areas; appropriate application of British Standards and Eurocode, preliminary and scoping works, surveying, environmental site investigation, geotechnical and contamination assessment, compliance, reporting and quality control, risk assessments, technical drawing, design analysis as well as many transferable skills such as organisation, planning, decision making, self-management and leadership.
The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies.
Our students work for consultants and contractors large and small and recent host companies have included:
- AECOM Alan Baxter & Associates
- Balfour Beatty
- Brookfield Multiplex
- Byrne Looby
- Department for Transport
- Dyer & Butler
- Jackson Civil Engineers
- Kier Group
- Mott MacDonald
- Murphy Group
- Network Rail
- Wates Construction
- Wilmott Dixon.
City, University of London has been delivering placements in the IT industry for over 20 years. We have developed an excellent reputation with a very wide range of employers both large and small in the public and private sector.
Typical role titles have included; software developer, mobile app developer, junior business analyst, software tester, junior web developer, games programmer, junior consultant.
Students undertake relevant professional industry work in a supportive learning environment.
Our unique location in London enables us to work closely with companies in the fastest growing technology cluster in Europe – TechCity. Below are a small selection of the companies where our students have been placed:
- Thomson Reuters
Additional industry experience schemes
The Department of Computer Science also offers two unique work-based learning initiatives.
Professional pathway scheme
The Professional Pathway (PP) scheme is an innovative mode of study, unique to the Department of Computer Science at City.
It allows students to transfer to relevant four-day-a-week employment after a period of study and complete their degree by a combination of day-release and e-learning. PP students do the same course content as full-time students, but over a longer period.
How does it work?
A student can join the scheme at various points during their degree, providing they have met the satisfactory academic requirements.
Professional Pathway Entry Points
|Entry Point: year two||Entry Point: year three||Entry Point: after year two plus one-year placement|
Must have completed
One full year of the degree
Two full years of the degree
Two full years of the degree and a placement year
Total duration of degree
Undergraduate international students on a Student Visa can only be employed on the PP scheme after completion of year two of their degree and for a maximum of two years.
To join the Professional Pathway scheme students must be studying for a BSc degree. Unfortunately those that are studying the MSci route are unable to undertake Professional Pathway due to the requirements in the range of modules that they need to study.
Studying whilst working
PP students are employed for up to four days a week and study their course for 45 weeks of the year. They normally attend lectures and other course components with full-time students. They do the same course content as full-time students, but over a longer period.
Support from the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU)
The PLU offers support and advice to students throughout the placement process.
- The PLU has long established links with employers who offer exclusive Professional Pathway opportunities. The Unit is continually working to source more opportunities for those seeking to complete a placement.
- The Unit delivers workshops and seminars which are designed to assist with your professional development and enhance student employability in preparation for undertaking a placement.
- We offer personalised advice and guidance for students making applications and attending interviews for placements.
- Students on the Professional Pathway scheme are assigned a work-based learning advisor (WLA) who provides a central point of contact and support throughout the placement.
Postgraduate students on a Computing course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their Masters degree.
Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules in a real business environment. It is an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market.
Fast-Track Your IT Career
As an IT postgraduate student at City you have an unrivalled opportunity to gain up to six months of professional IT experience as part of your masters degree.
How You Benefit
Our internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge you have gained from your taught modules in a real business environment. An internship enables you to develop your technical skills and business knowledge, to really understand the IT industry, and to learn about the different career paths open to you.
Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive, professional job market. Internships are available to all students.
Long-standing Employer Links
City, University of London has been operating a sector-leading IT placements scheme for our undergraduates for over 15 years. We've developed an excellent reputation with a very wide range of employers, both large and small.
At City, we take your internship experience seriously. Our dedicated unit proactively seeks out internship opportunities for you. Whilst on internship, you will receive regular visits from City's Work-based Learning Advisors who provide support in helping you achieve the most from your IT industry experience. You'll receive further support from your academic supervisor regarding your dissertation.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Placement students develop both professional and technical skills. Our engineering students develop strong fault finding skills, the ability to resolve issues relating to engineering equipment and troubleshooting skills.
In addition, our students have developed their confidence, professionalism and networking skills. After undertaking a professional placement students have felt better able to evaluate and analyse, present complex information clearly and feel more confident in their ability to work as part of a team.
In addition to various professional skills, placement students have gained a variety of technical skills including; workshop safety, electronic circuits, firmware writing, programming, design, testing, electronic construction, laboratory experimentation and recording and presenting information.
Placement students have gained a deeper knowledge of the engineering sector as well as the various career paths available to them after graduation.
A small example of where our students have been placed include:
- Transport for London
- Department for Work and Pensions
As a mathematics student you have two options for securing some employment experience as part of your degree: one year industrial placement or a summer internship.
One year placement are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of study and are 9-12 month in duration. Upon completion you then return to finish your studies. Summer internships are taken in the summer between the 2nd and 3rd year and typically last between 4-12 weeks.
Whilst out on a placement/internship our students have the chance to develop many of their own numerical and transferable skills as well as learn new ones they can take with them into a future graduate role.
These can include analytical skills, acute attention to detail, the ability to construct logical arguments and present complex solutions, problem-solving, investigative skills, working successfully as part of a team, financial forecasting, data analysis and improved Excel skills.
Mathematics students work in a wide-variety of roles across the full spectrum of industries: finance and banking, IT, pharmaceutical, retail, local government, automotive and charities. Below are just some of the companies that previous placement and internship students have worked in:
- GE Capital
- JP Morgan
Having the chance to put their mathematics skills into practice in an industry setting is invaluable and many of our students are offered graduate roles – allowing them to focus exclusively on their final year of study upon return to City, University of London. Typical roles titles have included; Data Analyst, Pricing Analyst, Trainee Accountant, Finance Assistant, Project Manager and Banking Consultant.
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Whilst on placement student’s gain many technical and transferable skills that they take into their final year of their degree and help them succeed in graduate roles. These transferable skills include planning and effective time management, leadership and team work, interpersonal and communication skills.
As well as developing their technical skills in areas such as ICT, Numerical and Maths, design and testing as well as manufacturing, investigation and experimental techniques.
Students work in wide range of roles during their placements from working in British Airways Head Office to a Development Engineers at Bosch, they get involved with day to day activities within the company as well as working on specific engineering related projects.
In addition the real hands-on experience they gain is invaluable when they are looking for graduate opportunities. Many of our students leave their placements having secured a graduate role with that company so can then solely focus on their final year studies.
Our MEA students at City University London work in many large and small mechanical engineering, aeronautical and automotive organisations. Some of the companies’ previous placement and summer internship students have worked in include:
- EDF Energy
- British Airways.
School of Health and Psychological Sciences
As a student studying on a Midwifery, Nursing, Optometry, Radiography or Speech and Language Therapy course at City you will benefit from placements at some of London's leading providers of health and social care.
Our students attend placements across the capital, gaining experience with the capitals diverse range of residents in both public and private health care settings.
Our key placement partners and trusts
Barts Health is one of London's biggest trusts, serving over 2.5 million of the capitals residents. The trust manages 5 hospitals including:
- St. Bartholomew's Hospital
- Mile End Hospital
- The Royal London Hospital
- Whipps Cross University Hospital
- Newham University Hospital.
City, University of London has a long and established relationship with Barts Health, with students benefiting from placements at its hospitals across London.
St Bartholomew's Hospital
St. Bartholomew's is the oldest hospital in Britain, admitting its first patients in 1123. The hospital has stood at its location in West Smithfield since its opening in the 12th century; surviving both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz.
The hospital is located in the heart of the City of London and offers a full range of local and specialist services including the treatment of cancer, heart conditions, fertility problems, endocrinology and sexual health conditions to the capitals diverse population.
City students who are studying Adult Nursing and Radiotherapy (Radiography and Oncology) at City benefit from placements at St Bartholomew's Hospital.
Mile End Hospital
Based in east London, Mile End is a community hospital providing services to the residents of Tower Hamlets, one of London's most diverse boroughs. As well as treatments for both in and out-patients, the hospital has a specialist unit for the treating patients suffering with mental health problems managed by the East London Foundation Trust.
City students who are studying Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing and Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) benefit from placements at Mile End Hospital.
The Royal London
Built in 1752, the Royal London Hospital is located in Whitechapel, East London and is one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK. The hospital is home to London's air ambulance and is a leading centre for trauma and emergency care and hyper-acute stroke.
The hospital has one of London's busiest paediatric and accident and emergency departments and treated over 200 victims injured in the 2005 London bombings. It's currently undergoing a huge redevelopment project with the first phase of the new state-of-the-art Royal London Hospital opening in 2012.
The Royal London Hospital provides placements for City students studying Midwifery, Adult and Children's Nursing and Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) degrees.
Whipps Cross University Hospital
Based in Leytonstone East London, Whipps Cross has a as a strong reputation as a centre of excellence for specialist services including urology, ear, nose and throat, audiology, cardiology, colorectal surgery, cancer care and acute stroke care; it also has a maternity unit and 24-hour A&E.
The hospital was opened by George V and Queen Mary in 1917 and cared for thousands of wounded servicemen and women during WW1. In 1921 the hospital was approved as a training centre for London's student nurses and today offers placements to City students studying Adult and Children's Nursing degrees.
The hospital A&E department went through major refurbishment in 2012 ready for the London Olympics.
Newham University Hospital
Newham University Hospital was opened in 1983 by Her Majesty the Queen. The Hospital has a dedicated stroke unit and also provides services including emergency care and surgery, children's health, women's health and maternity services, specialist medicine, long-term care and diagnostics.
The hospital offers placements to City students studying Adult and Children's Nursing and Midwifery degrees.
East London Foundation Trust
The East London Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services for children, young people, adults and older people living within the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton as well as offering services to other London boroughs and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire.
The trust has been rated as 'Outstanding' by the Quality Care Commission and is dedicated to supporting staff to deliver the best possible care to service users as well as equipping them with the skills and freedom to innovate and test out ideas which could make a real difference to people's lives.
Students studying Mental Health Nursing at City benefit from placements within the trust.
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Based in Hackney east London, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides general health services in both hospital and community settings. The trust specialises in:
- obstetrics and neonatology
- fetal medicine
- HIV and sexual health
- asthma and allergies
- keyhole and bariatric surgery
As a Foundation Trust, Homerton is accountable to local people and is therefore responsible to a board of governors who include patients, staff and membership and partner organisations.
Students studying Adult Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) at City benefit from placements at Homerton.
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Based in Edmonton North London since 1909, North Middlesex University Hospital provides services to both in and out patients and emergency and maternity care. Its specialist facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology, a super powerful 3-tesla MRI scanner, CT scanners, ultrasound and new mammography and fluoroscopy units.
In 2009 the hospital has received over £200 million in funding to modernise its facilities and has recently opened new buildings including a brand-new maternity and neonatal unit. The hospital treats over 2000 each day patients from the London boroughs of Enfield, Haringey, Barnet and Waltham Forest.
Students from City studying Adult and Children's Nursing, Midwifery and Radiography degrees benefit from placements at North Middlesex University Hospital.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)
Situated in central London, UCLH is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. The trust provides general and specialist services to patients from London, the wider UK and overseas. UCLH has an international reputation for its innovation in treatment, teaching and research.
The trust is made up of the state-of-the-art University College Hospital and six cutting-edge specialist hospitals. UCLH specialises in areas including women's health, cancer treatment, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease.
City students studying therapeutic and diagnostic radiography and midwifery degrees at City benefit from placements at hospitals within the trust.
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust delivers treatment to over 1.6 million patients each year at its three main hospital sites:
- The Barnet Hospital
- Chase Farm Hospital
- Royal Free Hospital.
Many of the trusts specialist services have a national and international reputation and the trust is renowned (within the healthcare sector) for transplantation, various aspects of its surgical delivery, immunology and the treatment of infectious diseases.
The trust trains over 350 nurses and midwives at its sites across the capital each year and offers placements to City students studying on therapeutic and diagnostic radiography degrees.
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based in south Essex and provides treatment to over 350,000 local people and visitors to the area each year.
The trust provides acute services including acute medical and surgical specialties, general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, cancer treatments, renal dialysis, obstetrics and gynaecology and children's services.
Southend Hospital is an officially designated centre for cancer care and offers placements to students from both City's therapeutic and diagnostic radiography courses.
Additional hospitals and specialist treatment centres in Radiography
Radiography students studying at City also attend placements at hospitals and specialist treatment centres including:
- The London Clinic
- Cancer Centre London – Parkside
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust – Queens Hospital, Romford and King George Hospital, Ilford
- The London Radiotherapy Centre (HCA) – Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust – Fulham Road (Chelsea) and Sutton
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust – St Mary's Hospital
- Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust – Southend University Hospital
- Whittington Health NHS Trust.
School of Arts and Social Sciences
The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) is dedicated to ensuring that its students leave City with the experience and tools needed to be competitive and successful graduates.
Working closely with the City Careers Department and UK and International industry leaders, the school is continuously developing the opportunities available to ensure students have access to work-based learning, internships and employability-enhancing services.
Placements and Internships
Integrated Professional Training Programme
Every undergraduate student has the opportunity undertake a one year work placement whilst completing their programme. This is possible through joining the Integrated Professional Training Programme.
Participants would extend their degree to 4 years, gaining the work experience through a placement or internship during their 3rd year at City, returning to complete their degree in the 4th year.
Successful completion of this programme will result in the adjustment of your degree to BA/BSc/BMus in… with Integrated Professional Training.
By completing this programme students are able to put their learning into practice in a work context and develop important industry contacts and networks, which may lead to future employment opportunities. This is particularly useful for international students wishing to gain work experience in the UK.
Information and support for this programme is provided by the SASS Placements Team.
Contact the team
On-course placement opportunities
Many SASS courses incorporate work placement modules into the programme of study giving you the opportunity to build industry experience whilst on course.
Placement opportunities in the Department of Performing Arts
At City, we offer you the opportunity to gain experience of a music-related work environment during the second-year elective work placement module. It is a great way to apply the skills and experiences you have acquired and engage with your future career plans.
Students may also apply to take a sandwich year working in a placement between years two and three of the degree as part of the School or Arts and Sciences Integrated Professional Training Programme.
It is also possible to combine the options above by spending one term on the study abroad scheme and one term in a work placement in the UK. Alternatively, the Erasmus Plus Scheme enables students to spend a year working in Europe.
BMus students have recently undertaken placements at:
- Brains and Hunch
- British Harpischord Society
- Les Misérables, The Queen's Theatre (Sound Department)
- Live Music Now
- London Ear Festival
- London Philharmonic Orchestra (Education and Community Department)
- Record of the Day
- Richmond Music Trust
- The Roundhouse
- Songlines Magazine
- Southwark Cathedral
- Wired4music/Sound Connections
- A large number of schools, colleges and community music organisations.
The Music BMus (Hons) at City has been designed to help you to broaden your musical and personal horizons.
If you perform well in your first year, you can apply to spend a full academic year studying at one of our international partner institutions (between years two and three of your degree). This option will lead to the award of the four-year degree ‘BMus (Hons) Music with a Year Abroad’.
Our international partners include:
- Koç University, Turkey
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
- RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
- Queensland University of Technology, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Seoul National University, Korea
- Northeastern University, USA
- University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
- University of Turku, Finland
There are also options to study abroad through either the Erasmus or international exchange programmes. City, University of London's partner institutions in music include the University of Queensland (Australia), and the University of Turku (Finland).
For more information please see our student exchange webpages.
Additional opportunities across City
From events and mentoring to paid and volunteering opportunities. We also list a large number of graduate job opportunities on behalf of recruiters.
Internships and employment opportunities include different programmes such as temporary employment opportunities, internships, micro-placements, pro-bono opportunities.
Unitemps - earn while you learn
Unitemps offers students and recent graduates the chance to gain paid employment both at City and externally.
- City students and graduates earned over £943,423 working through Unitemps
- We filled over 5,149 job assignments. Over 80% of these roles were filled by City students and graduates
- We turned over nearly £2.5 million in revenue
- Over 3,366 new candidates signed up to Unitemps, City Branch
- Around 1,221 students worked Unitemps at least once in the academic year.
Go to the Unitemps website and select 'City' as the branch you would like to search for job. Click 'Register with Unitemps' to create your online record and upload your CV. Make sure you select City as your branch in order to receive email notifications of all job opportunities we offer.
The micro-placements programme provides an opportunity for students to take on exciting projects and gain real life experience to enhance their core employability skills and explore different career options.
The programme offers opportunities for students who want to explore careers different from those traditionally associated with their degree.