Year in Industry

Put your learning into practice and increase your employment prospects

Year in industry enterprise student Nick Simm

All Leeds University Business School undergraduate courses include the opportunity to apply for a work placement year, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and add valuable work experience to your CV.

If you take a placement year, your degree will be extended to a four-year programme with the third year spent on placement. There are two different placement year opportunities:


Year in Industry

The Year in Industry allows you to take a paid placement for a year with a professional employer. This popular option will help you to develop practical skills and real-world experience, which may help you decide what kind of job you might like when you graduate.

Taking a Year in Industry also gives you the chance to forge links with potential employers and possibly gain a job offer for when you graduate. According to the 2018 High Fliers report, work experience schemes have become an integral part of recruiting new graduates.

Year in Industry students typically return for their final year of study with greater confidence and increased focus, with many achieving greatly improved academic marks as a result.

Please note: International (non-EU) students can apply for the Year in Industry however may be required to extend their Tier 4 visa. Further details can be found here.  

Finding your placement

We believe that applying for a professional placement is a valuable part of the Year in Industry experience, developing skills which will help you to succeed when applying for graduate jobs in the future. That’s why our students apply independently to employers. 

We help you by offering a structured second year module, From Study to Work, which develops your job seeking skills, including writing CVs and applications, psychometric testing, interviews and assessment centres. The sessions are delivered by a number of graduate employers including P&G, IBM, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and the Co-operative Group.

Potential employers

Below are just some of the organisations that our students have completed placements with in recent years.

Accenture Arla Foods Azko Nobel
Bank of England BMW BP
Corporate Games (Dubai) Department for Work and Pensions Ernst & Young
Foreign and Commonwealth Office GE Capital Goldman Sachs
Grant Thornton IBM KPMG
L’Oréal Johnson & Johnson Marks & Spencer
Microsoft Nestlé NHS
Nissan Procter and Gamble PwC
Sainsbury’s Bank The Treasury Toyota
TUI Travel Unilever Walt Disney Company
Year in Enterprise

If you are interested in starting your own business you could consider the Year in Enterprise. This opportunity allows students with a workable business plan to develop their business for a year, with the support of Leeds Enterprise Centre. This support includes business advice, office space and a living costs allowance. Visit the Leeds Enterprise Centre website for more details.

Please note: The Year in Enterprise is not currently open to international (non-EU) students due to visa restrictions.

You don't need to decide until the start of your second year whether you would like to apply for a work placement. However, to be eligible for a placement year you need to achieve a minimum average mark of 50 in the first year.

What will it cost?

Tuition fees are substantially reduced for work placement years. Visit the University of Leeds finance page for the latest information. 

If you have any specific questions about the Year in Industry please contact our Employability Officer, Dr Joanne Dickinson at

The highlight of my time at Leeds has been my industrial placement year. It was by far the best experience I have ever had, and I learned so much.

Katy Jacks, United Kingdom
BA Management with Marketing
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Katherine Jacks sitting outside Charles Thackrah building

The four years exceeded my expectations and certainly boosted my confidence and technical capabilities that will contribute to my long-term goal.

Damien Lee, Singapore
BSc Accounting and Finance
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Damien stands out on the Terrace wearing his graduation gown

I gained the knowledge and experience required for working in a corporate environment, and I've now secured a place on a graduate scheme, returning to Nestlé, as an Assistant Brand Manager.

James Quirk, United Kingdom
BA Management with Marketing
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James Quirk in Charles Thackrah foyer working on laptop.