Computing students can do a year-long work placement during their third year. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the first two years of the course to practical problems in a real-world context.
Each placement (Work Based Learning module) involves 48 weeks work, full-time, in an IT-related job, earning 60 academic credits. Students are visited by a tutor who ensures that everything is going well and assesses the academic work.
Computing students talk about their placements
Benefits of work placements
- Practical experience of computing in the real world.
- Excellent job opportunities on graduation.
- Salaried work for a year.
- Increased confidence and maturity.
- Experience of teamwork and development of interpersonal skills.
- Awareness of current developments in industrial and commercial environments.
- The knowledge you gain can inform the final stages of your course.
- You could finish your placement with a firm offer of employment for the future.
Students can also be placed with employers on a shorter project as part of a module and summer placement.
Placements and internships
I have learnt so much in one year. It’s helped me to better understand what I studied at university before placement and now I have both the practical and academic knowledge.
Previous placement employers include Microsoft, IBM, Royal Bank of Scotland, Blackrock, the NHS, the University of Edinburgh, as well as various government departments and local companies. The tasks undertaken by students during placements ranges from software development, to business analysis, to technical support.
Information for employers
If you would like further information please contact:
School Placement Coordinator
Telephone: 0131 455 2685
School Placement Coordinator (summer placements and projects)
Telephone: 0131 455 2616
Dr Laura Muir
Work Based Learning Module Leader
Telephone: 0131 455 2381