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Every year we have over 200 undergraduate students who are available to participate in placements with organisations. The students are assessed as part of their course, and the placements can be three, six or twelve months long.
A key aim of our degrees is to prepare students for a career in management, through a strong focus on practice as well as theory. To enhance their experience, placements should involve genuine responsibility for the students to develop their skills and knowledge. At the end of the placement, students submit a report or dissertation on their experience which will be assessed as part of their course.
Many of our undergraduate placement students study on our general management degrees such as the BBA in Management or the BBA in International Business Management. Some of our students also come from more specialised areas such as Marketing Management, Business Analytics and Consultancy, Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and IT, Management and Entrepreneurship and Management and Organisational Behaviour.
We take care of all the finer details to facilitiate, monitor and co-ordinate all of our placements, so that you can concentrate on maximising the benefits of our students' expertise and fresh perspectives. Our high-calibre students are regarded by employers as capable, highly motivatived and commercially aware, and their placements are often one of the highlights of their studies.
"The students embraced my enthusiasm and delivered on time. They were excellent – and I’d recommend them to anyone, for their enthusiasm and the time they put in."
Joe O'Connor, Sanctuary for Veterans
To discover more about placements and how they could benefit your organisation, please get in touch.
We offer three types of placements which are varying lengths, aimed at students studying different disciplines with the School.
A 12-month placement is an important element of our students' degrees, creating the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the issues faced in management and the methods to address them. During their placements, our students complete a wide variety of jobs which are essential to the employer and involves genuine responsibility. The students will start their placement after their second year of studies, returning to Lancaster afterwards to complete their final year. As the placement forms part of their degree, they will also submit a 40-50 page dissertation on their placement during their final year.
Timescales: Students are available from mid/late June each year, and placements must end in time for them to return to their course at the end of September the following year.Costs: Students are usually paid a wage of between £15,000 and £18,000 per year, depending on location.
A small number of students who spend the third and fourth years of their BBA course in the UK require a six month placement. The students will be fluent in English and a European Language, and will have had two years of management tuition which will ensure they are highly capable of handling substantial projects. As these students will have already completed a six-month managerial placement in Europe, the USA or Mexico, they will already have experience of adapting quickly to their new roles.
Timescales: Students are available from January.Costs: There is no fixed rate of pay for these placements, although many employers pay students according to the scales fixed for other employees. At the very least students must be paid enough to cover basic living costs. We would currently recommend a minimum weekly rate of £250 (more if in London). This is to ensure that the students do not incur a financial loss during the placement.
The three-month summer placements are aimed at our BBA International Business Management students, who are studying on a four year degree including two years in the UK, and two in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, America or Mexico. If they have chosen to spend their first two years in the UK, they muist complete a work placement in each of the first two summer vacations. These placements allow the students to appreciate the realities of management in practice, not just by observing but also by making a positive contribution.
Timescales: BBA in International Business Management students are available for approximately 12 weeks each year – mid/late June to mid/late September. It is an advantage for both students and organisations if the students return to the same employer for each of these placements.Costs: There is no fixed rate of pay for these placements, although many employers pay students according to the scales fixed for other employees. At the very least students must be paid enough to cover basic living costs. We would currently recommend a minimum weekly rate of £250 (more if in London). This is to ensure that the students do not incur a financial loss during the placement.