Edinburgh Napier University

Work Placements

We partner our students with industry and community organisations to create a range of work placement opportunities.

Information for Employers

Ensuring our graduates are employable is at the heart of what we do. We want to broaden our students’ horizons by working in partnership with employers to inform and develop career ideas through a range of employer events, mentoring and work-based learning opportunities. Connecting and working with a wide range of organisations and industry partners is key to making this happen.  If you are an employer looking to work with our students then we want to hear from you.

The quickest way to get in touch is by registering with Edinburgh Napier myFuture, which will enable you to identify our upcoming talent swiftly and easily. You will be the first to hear about new opportunities to connect with students and provided with opportunities to raise your company profile across our campuses. This will enhance your student accessibility and enable you to advertise your own opportunities to a targeted audience.

Register on our Employer Portal

Registering with Edinburgh Napier myFuture will enable you to identify our upcoming talent swiftly and easily. Post your vacancies across our jobs board and be the first to hear about new opportunities to connect with students! It’s the perfect way to raise your company profile to our students.

Industry partnerships 


Our Employer Engagement Team partners with industry to provide the best student and graduate talent to meet your business needs. Whether you are recruiting for a graduate, placement or part-time position, have a project opportunity or would like to raise your company profile, our experienced team can help. 

We work closely with academic departments, allowing us to connect you with students from a broad range of degree backgrounds. We can also provide businesses with valuable insight into the range of skills that Edinburgh Napier University students and graduates can bring to your organisation.

We welcome all enquiries from organisations looking to partner with us and our students. 
Get in touch for more information; we look forward to hearing from you. 
The MSc Computing with Professional Placement course offers students to undertake industry work experience with a variety of organisations, delivering a range of real-time projects. We are always looking for opportunities for our students to work with you. Get in touch with our Employer Engagement Partner to find out more.
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Requirements

  • A project should cover a minimum of 180 hours, this equates to 5 weeks full-time or 10 weeks part-time work. We can be flexible on this as agreed with the student and the placement provider. Students may also be able to stay working on a part-time basis over a longer period.
  • All positions should be paid, ideally Living Wage (£9 per hour) to meet employment standards. Funding may be available depending on your companies circumstance and project offer.
  • Students on our MSc CPP course are international, usually with a technology related undergrad degree. They have a Tier4 Visa which allows them to work full time as part of their university course.
  • Students should be fully supported during their placement, they should be embedded into a team, to learn valuable collaboration skills.
  • All employers are given the opportunity to meet with students for informal interviews as part of the selection process, to ensure you find the best fit for your project requirements.  
  • It is worth noting that some students may already have extensive work experience so this should also be considered as part of the overall selection process.
  • Events

    We hold regular employability events to support learning and provide networking opportunities.

    Career Week - February

    Week-long event focussed on employability activities to allow you to engage with our students.

    Placement Fair - September

    Showcasing placement opportunities for students.

    Career Fair - October

    Meet our next generation of graduates.

    Contact Us:

    Emily Napier



    Employer Engagement Partner

    Information for Students

    In the School of Computing, our ethos is to develop work-ready graduates. We pride ourselves on our work placement opportunities and industry projects our students get involved with. 

    Work experience is a fundamental aspect of the overall university experience that benefits both the student and employer. 

    With a work placement, students can increase their employment prospects, making them more attractive when applying for jobs after graduating.

    Working with an organisation for up to one year allows students to gain practical experience of computing in the real-world, all whilst building their network and industry connections. This also gives the benefit of having access to the latest developments in technology, gaining first-hand knowledge on changes and trends that can be applied to the final stages of their course. 

    Upon successful completion of their placement, many students have secured graduate employment with organisations ranging from start-ups and SMEs to charities and global firms.

    Why do a placement?

    Placement Options

    One year placement

    The one year work placement takes place during the third year of the undergraduate degree programme, and is an excellent opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the first two years of the course to practical problems in a real-world context.

    International placement

    Students are supported with applications to established placement programmes including Saltire Scholars and the British Council’s IAESTE programme. This is an ideal opportunity to explore other cultures and experience working with an international client. 

    Part-time placement 

    In third year students have the option of selecting a placement module which involves working p/t with a client on a project as part of their degree. Students have worked in the past with start-up companies, community groups and local charities. 

    Summer placement 

    Students are supported in finding a work placement over summer to develop skills and to gain an insight to the industry they are about to enter. 

    Student Experience

    Catherine studied Computing with Professional Placement as an international student

    Work Based Projects

    Students studying on a masters courses also get the opportunity to engage with employers through a Work Based Project (WBP) as part of their studies, an alternative to the traditional dissertation. 
    For more information on the Work Based Project, 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. 

    You can also access the Making the Most of Masters website for advice on applying for work based projects

    Group Projects Awards

    This year's School of Computing group project was sponsored by Computershare. The winner of the 2019 award was Improvisor, with their specially developed voice recognition app.


    Contact Us:

    Maureen Ronaldson


    School Placement Coordinator

    Emily Hairstans


    School Placement Coordinator