At Lancaster, we don't just want you to pass your degree. We are dedicated to providing you with the best opportunities to begin your career.
Careers and Employability
With a strong focus on industrial projects, internships and work experience, our degrees will provide you with the support you need to achieve your career aspirations. Our undergraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We provide careers advice and host a number of events throughout the year, including a Faculty of Science and Technology Annual Careers Fair.
We actively encourage students to take time out of their degree to complete periods of time in industry, typically 12 to 15 months’ paid employment.
These industrial opportunities can be arranged in conjunction with the University, direct with companies or through the Engineering Development Trust’s Year in Industry scheme.
Alongside CV enhancement and increased employability prospects, we have also found that students who complete a year in industry return with increased motivation for the remainder of their course having been able to put their learning so far into practice. Our strong industry links from large corporations to small local companies mean that we will be able to assist you to find a suitable and rewarding placement in a sector that interests you for your future career.
As a student undertaking a year in industry placement, you’ll typically receive a salary of around £15,000 p.a. with many students also receiving funding from the company to support subsequent years of study.
There are many opportunities for you to get involved with which will enhance your degree and add value to your CV.
We have recently given students the opportunity to become STEM Ambassadors (though STEM First) to enhance communication, presentation and time-management skills and to give students the chance to network with employers at various regional and national events. It also contributes to the competencies associated with registration through the Professional Engineering Institutions.
We have an enthusiastic team of ambassadors who provide support at events as well as taking part in outreach activities.
Lancaster University’s Engineering Society is for everyone who is fascinated by engineering and would like to meet new people with similar ambitions. The society put on numerous events throughout the year, organise talks and plan industrial visits. It’s a great way to make new friends and create memories during your time at University.
Students have the opportunity to win numerous prizes whilst studying at Lancaster such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) prizes for outstanding projects and excellent performance and the Ede & Ravenscroft Women into Science Prize which rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement in science subjects. This year, recent graduate Abigail Carson who was the team leader of the Formula Student Team won the Craig Dawson Most Valuable Team Member Award in recognition for her efforts and attitude during the competition, which saw around 3,000 students participate.
UK Electronics Skills Foundation
The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) Scholarship Scheme connects undergraduates to leading employers in the Electronics sector and provides an annual bursary, paid summer work placements and a paid-for residential workshop.Learn more