Placements and work experience

Be fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market and develop the skills, knowledge and experience to be highly desirable to future employers.

Work experience as part of your degree benefits you in many ways; from business-related experience to helping decide your future career, increased practical skills to a professional reference from your placement company. All of this will help you get ahead of the competition when you graduate. Some of our placement students have also been offered graduate roles with their placement companies. Placement years are an option for most of our undergraduate degrees, explore the possibilities.

Postgraduate students can also benefit from a placement as part of the masters degree. If you're taking MSc International BusinessMSc International Hospitality and Tourism ManagementMSc Accounting and Finance or MSc Marketing, you can choose to undertake a 10 week placement. For Master of Business Administration - MBA students, the placement increases to a minimum of 34 weeks.

Read our students' short placement case studies to find out why placement year is an important part of your studies.

Undergraduate Placements

As a full-time undergraduate student, you can undertake a placement year as part of your degree, giving you invaluable business experience, the opportunity to apply and enhance your skills, both old and new, while creating lasting professional relationships. You'll gain confidence and motivation, and come back with ideas for your dissertation. It can also help you achieve a better class of degree in your final year. Read our FAQs and watch Shannon's experience to confirm why a placement year is right for you.

Postgraduate Placements

Postgraduate students also benefit from a placement as part of their masters degree. If you're taking MSc International Business, MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management, MSc Accounting and Finance or MSc Marketing, you can choose to undertake a 10 week placement as an alternative to the postgraduate major project. This placement helps you to put into practice what you have learnt on the course, and gain real-life experience, which you will use as the basis for a research-based portfolio and diary. We've put together some FAQs to make sure a postgraduate placement is right for you.

MBA Placements

As a Master of Business Administration - MBA student you can also undertake a placement as part of your degree. It's a long-term placement, lasting 34 weeks, that helps you put into practice what you have learnt on the course by offering real-life, practical experience. There's also the opportunity to undertake some research for the company in which you are placed. Read our FAQs for MBA students.

Important Information

Placements are not guaranteed and the responsibility of finding a placement rests with you. Like applying for any job, you should be prepared to apply for many different roles to ensure you secure a placement. Undergraduates and MBA students will be required to pay a reduced fee of £1,250 to ARU for your placement year. You are responsible for any additional costs incurred in relation to your placement such as travel costs, laptops/mobile phones, clothing, materials etc.