Placement Opportunities

What do I gain by doing a placement?Students in labcoats

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

New: Bioscience degrees with Placement Year

A high quality placement brings with it a wide range of benefits and positive impacts. It provides you with the opportunity to gain experience and specific skills in your sector of choice as well as allowing you to experience the quality of work that will be required in graduate employment. You also gain a better understanding of the sector enabling you to make a more informed choice when looking for your graduate job.

The placement year is an excellent opportunity to get 'a foot in the door' with a desired company. In 2015 over 40% of all graduate jobs went to a candidate who had previous work experience with that company and the placement year is the best way to gain this experience. Lancaster students often return from their placement having been offered a graduate job for when they complete their degree.

BSc Biomedical Science (B990) - NHS placement for IBMS certificate of competenceInstitute of Biomedical Science logo

Students on the IBMS-accredited Biomedical Science (B990) degree are eligible to apply for highly competitive placements within 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 successful, you will begin your placement following completion of your second year of studies, finishing at the end of August the following year. You will complete a portfolio during your year which is examined by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

On satisfactory completion, you will be awarded a certificate of competence by the IBMS allowing you, following graduation, to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a requirement for employment in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist.