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Industrial placement year

All of our mathematics courses give you the chance to do an industrial placement (‘Year in Industry’) as part of your degree.

This could give you the opportunity to work in industry and put your maths skills to the test. 

What is an industrial placement?

A work experience placement gives you the opportunity to get real industry experience during your degree course. 

During your year in industry, you’d be employed full-time (and earn a salary) by an organisation.

Throughout your placement (which would be the third year of your maths course), you’d have an industrial supervisor within the company, and an academic supervisor. 

Where might I do my placement year?

In recent years, Leeds maths undergraduate students have gained work experience within some of the biggest and most well-known organisations, including:

  • American Express
  • Aviva
  • Boots
  • BT
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • Disney
  • Ernst & Young
  • Fujitsu
  • IBM
  • KPMG
  • Landrover
  • Lloyds
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NFU Mutual
  • Provident
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Unilever


Why undertake a work experience placement?

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide what kind of maths career you might like to follow after university. 

There are lots of graduate jobs in mathematics, and gaining work experience during your degree really helps you to understand what a career might be like.

Other industrial placement benefits include:

  • Building your team working skills
  • Putting your maths knowledge into action in a real-life situation
  • Gaining more independence and life experience


Does the industrial placement year extend the length of my degree course?

Doing a work experience placement might extend the total length of your degree course:

  • If you’re studying a BSc course, the industrial placement year will increase the length of your degree to four years.
  • If you’re studying an MMath course, the industrial placement year will increase the length of your degree to five years.


Gaining a place on the industrial placement programme is competitive and depends on the grades you achieve. 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to make up your mind whether an industrial placement is right for you until the beginning of your second year at Leeds.