Relevant work experience while you are at university is key to achieving a good graduate job. An internship lets you apply your academic knowledge to real world situations - and get paid for it!

Whilst a Lancaster degree will prove your strong academic skills to employers, our internship programme will further develop transferable skills for the workplace. In an increasingly competitive job market, this can be essential to sustaining a successful career.

You'll spend the whole of a typical internship in the premises of a host organisation. Most are in the North West of England, but opportunities outside this area are sometimes available.

You'll receive a monthly payment from the University for your work. The rate tends to be about £1,000 per month for full-time work.

What do I gain by doing a placement?

There are many benefits of undertaking a placement, including:

  • Gaining industry-specific skills and experience
  • Earning a wage
  • Developing contacts
  • Experience of applying for jobs and attending interviews
  • Acquiring a competitive edge when applying for graduate jobs by distinguishing yourself from other applicants

NHS placement for a IBMS certificate of competence

Students on the Biomedical Science (B990) degree, accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, may apply for competitive placements in the NHS. If you wish to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS, this is the best route for you to achieve your goal.

If your application is successful, your placement will begin after your second year of studies, finishing at the end of August the following year. You'll complete a portfolio during your year, assessed by the IBMS for a certificate of competence.

After graduation, you can use this to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, a requirement of employment in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist.