Computer Science Year in Industry

Competition for graduate jobs is tough so you need to do what you can to stay ahead in your career. Gaining relevant work experience can often give you that point of difference, helping you to develop skills and experience that will enhance your university education and maximise your prospects.

Our students all have an excellent opportunity to supplement their studies with a year working in industry. In fact, many of our students go on to work for their year-out employers after graduating.

How does it work?

If you choose this option, you will spend the first two years of your degree at Birmingham, followed by the placement year on a salary, then back to the University for your final year. During your year in industry you will be able to put taught theory into practice, as well as gain valuable experience and skills.

Who will my placement be with?

We have strong local and national relationships with major industry players, from both the public and private sector. The School of Computer Science runs specialist Careers Fairs, where different companies come to meet our students to showcase opportunities for Years in Industry and graduate employment.

You should find an opportunity that suits your career goals, and whilst it is your responsibility to choose and apply for a Year in Industry placement, you will be supported by the School throughout, and can access the Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) Careers Network Team for help.

What will I do?

You will learn how different organisations operate, gain valuable interpersonal skills and knowledge, apply theory to practice, and experience a real working environment, which will all help towards your future career choices. At the end of your studies you will be awarded your degree with ‘A Year in Industry’. Year in Industry placements Companies who have hosted our students include UBS, Goldman Sachs, BAE Systems, Microsoft Studios, RIM, Caterpillar, General Electric, IBM and Google, amongst others.

Case Study

Avanti PatelAsvini Patel 
BSc Computer Science with Year in Industry

Why did you decide to study Computer Science at Birmingham?
I decided to study Computer Science because now more than ever the opportunities for women in the technology industry are exponentially rising. Birmingham provides networking opportunities with well known companies and by getting students involved in many events, as well as teaching us the vital skills needed for our futures.

Having come from London, I knew being close to a big city was something that was important to me. Once I visited Birmingham I realised how amazing the campus and department was and I could really see myself studying here. What also drew me to Birmingham were the extra-curricular activities that were available. I was very keen to get involved and meet new people, and have been able to do so much.

Where are you going on your Year in Industry?
I am going to be working in London for EY as an eDiscovery Analyst before returning for my final year.