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NOTICE: The 2021-22 applications are open.  Information on making an application has been emailed to eligible students.



The Department has formed partnerships with several UK companies working in Materials or related fields. Details of the placement periods, project areas, profiles of the firms etc can be seen by clicking on their names listed below.  The rates of pay and arrangements may vary a bit between the individual firms, but are expected to be at least at the national minimum wage, with no accommodation specifically provided.

Students who are selected for these placements will usually be interviewed by their industrial host before a placement is formally offered.

At the end of a placement, the student will complete a placement report form which includes detailing general costs incurred in relation to travel and accommodation, financial support from the host and information on the project undertaken - for Department records.

Participating firms

  • ION Science
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Plastometrex
  • TWI

Health and Safety

Placement reports from previous years

The students' placement reports, containing details of costs incurred and other logistical details, are available for 20192018, 2017, 20162015201420132012 and 2011.