Business School Placements

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We want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for an increasingly competitive job market, helping you with the skills, knowledge and experience to make you highly desirable to future employers.

There are many ways a placement year can benefit you; from business related work experience to helping you decide on what career route to take on graduation, increased practical skills and knowledge to a professional reference from your placement company. All of which can be used to get ahead of the competition when you graduate. Some of our placement students have also been offered graduate roles with their placement companies when they leave.

Business student Shannon’s year with enterprise rent-a-car

Undergraduate Placement Options

As a full-time undergraduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to 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 potentially come back with ideas for your dissertation. It can also help you achieve a better class of degree in your final year.

Important Information for Undergraduates

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. You will be required to pay a reduced fee of £1,000 to ARU for your placement year and are responsible for any additional costs incurred in relation to your placement such as travel costs, laptops/mobile phones, clothing, materials etc. 

Explore our courses offering placements 

Postgraduate Placement Options

Postgraduate students can now also benefit from a placement as part of the 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 unpaid placement as an alternative to the postgraduate major project. This placement will allow you to put into practice what you have learnt on the course, gaining real-life experience in a company of your choice, which you will use as the basis for a research-based portfolio and diary.

We've put together some FAQs for you to make sure a placement if right for you.