Work Placements

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.

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.

Work Based Projects

Masters students have the opportunity to engage with employers to complete a Work Based Project (WBP) as part of their studies as an alternative to the traditional dissertation. Register your interest by completing your details on the My Future website. Employer projects are added to the My Future website as we receive them.

Find out more on the Making the Most of Masters website.

Placement case Studies

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 students

Information for employers


If you would like further information please contact:

Simone Dallas
School Placement Coordinator
Telephone: 0131 455 2685

Maureen Ronaldson
School Placement Coordinator (summer placements and projects)
Telephone: 0131 455 2616

Dr Laura Muir
Work Based Learning Module Leader
Telephone: 0131 455 2381