MBA Placement FAQs

What support does ARU offer to help secure a placement position?

There are many teams across ARU who are here to provide the help you need to identify, prepare for and apply for a suitable placement opportunity. However, securing a placement will ultimately be your responsibility.

Our ‘Work Placement Tracker’, that we recommend you follow, details the support and guidance available to ensure you are in the best position to secure your placement position. You will also be offered a Skype call with our Student Engagement Team prior to arriving in the UK, and they will explain all the support available for you. You should start thinking about how you will work towards securing your placement and where you’d like to be, even before you arrive on campus!

Are there any guidelines for the interim evaluation whilst on placement?

The work placement is predominantly self-led learning. You are required to maintain a learning journal or reflective log, which will help you complete the reflective diary component of the final assessment of the Work Placement module. The faculty Student Engagement Team will provide support and guidance prior to the placement and during the placement period.

How will the work placement be assessed? Will I need to complete an assignment to pass the module? 

You will be expected to produce a portfolio, in which you must demonstrate how you have applied theory, practical knowledge and learnings within a work-based environment. The portfolio will be made up of an 8,000 word research-informed paper plus a 2,000 word reflective diary (see response above for more details) and will be equivalent to your major project. You are expected to reflect on some research that you have undertaken for the employer and explain how this research might benefit the organisation. The work placement module aims to support and develop your ability to demonstrate professionalism, leadership and managerial skills to a prospective employer whilst also learning key communication, research and personal skills.

What if I do not pass the placement year, what would happen to my degree results?

You would have the opportunity to “resit” i.e. resubmit an improved version of the portfolio. The pass mark is a minimum of 40% for the 30 credit Work Placement module. You would not undertake another 34 week placement. If you were to fail the work placement module and the resit you will graduate with the exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent 120 credits).

Is there a deadline to secure a placement? 

Yes. You will need to secure a suitable placement before the end of your second trimester of taught modules.  This means, your deadline for securing a placement will be 30th April 2019 if you are starting your course in September 2018 or by 13th December 2019 (the end of your first full year) if you are starting the course in January 2019.

What happens if I am unable to secure a placement position?

If you have not secured an agreed placement and paid the placement fee by the deadline you will automatically be transferred to the one-year MBA (without placement). You will then be required to complete the Major Project (dissertation) instead of the Work Placement Project module. If you are on a Tier-4 visa to study in the UK, the final submission deadline for the Major Project will become your revised course end date and your visa will be curtailed accordingly.

How much is the placement fee?

The placement fee is £1,250. This fee, which needs to be paid prior to the secure placement deadline, covers administration, support sessions and guidance leading up to and during your placement. If you do not pay this fee you will automatically be transferred to the one-year MBA (without placement). You will then be required to complete the Major Project (dissertation) instead of the Work Placement Project module. If you are on a Tier-4 visa to study in the UK, the final submission deadline for the Major Project will become your revised course end date and your visa will be curtailed accordingly.

Does the Faculty have any specific criteria/guidelines for the placement?

Your work placement must be business-focused and will need approval by the Student Engagement Team. You can work in any business/company, however, it should not be for a family member or relative. The Student Engagement Team will be on hand throughout the process to help you and answer any questions you may have.

What companies have our students managed to secure a placement with?

We work with a range of large and small, UK and global businesses to provide placements for our students. Top destinations our students are about to start work placements with include the National Health Service, IBM, Marks and Spencer, BMW and Inter-continental Hotels plus a range of small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups. Types of placement range from customer services or marketing assistants to business consultant and operations analyst.

Please be aware, it is your responsibility to secure a placement and the role that you would like to undertake. 

Will the placement experience be reflected on my MBA degree certificate and/or the official transcript? 

Yes. There will be a reference to the Work Placement module (30 credits) on your official transcript. 

For further information or to discuss the placement option, please contact our Student Engagement Team at placements-laibs@anglia.ac.uk