Group Meeting An Industrial Placement is a compulsory part of both our four year Computing Masters in Engineering (MEng) and our four year Masters in Mathematics & Computer Science (MEng) degree programmes.

Every year approximately 80 students undertake an Industrial Placement in a wide variety of companies.  Recruiting students on an Industrial Placement is one of the most effective ways of attracting world-class candidates upon graduation.

We always welcome new Placement opportunities.  Please download our Industrial Placements Brochure to find out more.

More information

How to advertise a placement

We accept opportunities for industrial placements from August until all our students are placed, normally at the end of March the following year, although this may depend on class size and employment market trends. 

To advertise industrial placement opportunities, please follow these steps:

Since the industrial placement is a compulsory element of our MEng Computing and MEng Mathematics and Computer Science degree programmes, the Department needs to ensure that the type of work the students will be undertaking is relevant to their studies. Before we can advertise your placement opportunities, we require a project/ job description to review.

The student is required to work on one or two projects rather than a large number of smaller tasks. We realise, however, that a detailed job description may not be available in advance of the Placement, so a brief description of the company/department and typical projects the student will be involved in may be sufficient.

The work should be at graduate entry level and must be software engineering/development focussed for MEng Computing students. For our MEng Mathematics and Computer Science students, the projects can have a computing bias, a mathematics bias or a combination of both.

Please contact us if you require further details about this. 

Disclaimer

Please note that the Department reserves the right not to advertise job opportunities considered not to be educationally advantageous or relevant to our students' professional training. 

For more information about placements for Imperial College students, please visit the college placements page.

Timetable

 

5 and 6 October 2017 

Industrial placements presentations

  • Industrial placement students who just finished their placements will present their industrial experience, to which managers and employers are invited

From start September 2017 – to end February 2018

Advertise a Placement for 2017

  • Find out how to advertise a placement above

October 2017 – March 2018

Recruit for a placement student

  • Receive students' applications
  • Assess students selected for interview/assessment centre
  • Make offer(s)

9 April - 21 September 2018

MEng Computing students on placement

  • Receive a visit from an Academic Tutor to ensure the placement is going well

4 June - 21 September 2018

MEng Mathematics and Computer Science students on placement

  • Receive a visit from an Academic Tutor to ensure the placement is going well

4 and 5 October 2018

Industrial placements presentations

  • Industrial Placement students present their industrial experience, to which managers and employers are invited

Information for prospective employers

An industrial placement is a compulsory part of both our four year Computing Masters in Engineering (MEng) and our four year Masters in Mathematics & Computer Science (MEng) degree programmes.

Imperial Department of Computing students represent some of the top software engineering talent in the UK - recruiting students on an industrial placement is one of the most effective ways of attracting world-class candidates upon graduation.

Our industrial placement programme offers your organisation:

  • A cost effective way of getting a project done at the highest technical standards
  • An effective way of recruiting our top graduates - recruiting a graduate who has already worked with you reduces your recruitment and training costs and may contribute to higher retention rates
  • A way to exchange new ideas combined with fresh enthusiasm and knowledge of some of the latest technology
  • An opportunity to encourage and invest in the computer scientists of the future.

To find out more please download the Industrial Placements Brochure and view our Placement Learning Policy.

How and when to advertise

If your company can offer suitable placement opportunities please get in touch as soon as possible. Depending on the stage of the placements programme, you can advertise vacancies or establish a link for the next academic year.

Vacancies are usually advertised from the beginning of the Autumn Term to the end of March.

Find out more

To find out more about how your company can benefit from hosting industrial placement students, please contact the Industrial Liaison Team

Disclaimer

Please note that the Department reserves the right not to advertise placement opportunities considered not to be educationally advantageous.

Information for current employers

Thank you for your continuous support in our efforts to train the best Software Engineers!

Please read these pages regularly for updates about the industrial placement programme, upcoming events and procedures.

Assessment of the Industrial Placement

Industrial placement tutor visits

Students and their managers and mentors will receive a visit from an academic tutor during the placement, usually in the period June-July.

These visits aim to ensure that the student is undertaking a professionally rewarding placement and that his/her contribution to the company is worthy of the Department's reputation. This visit usually takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on how the meeting is going. For example, the meeting can be structured in three sections: 15 minutes with the student, 15 minutes with his/her managers and 15 minutes discussing the project and student progress with all those concerned.

Since the Industrial Placement is a compulsory part of the MEng and MSci degrees these visits are usually compulsory. If a visit is not possible due to the location of the placement, a teleconference and regular email contact with the department is accepted. 

Industrial placement presentations

The industrial placement presentation is a component of the final assessment of the Placement worth 30% of the final grade. All company representatives, managers and mentors are invited to attend and also to join academic staff and senior administrators for lunch on both days. You should receive an email detailing the schedule for your company. 

Placement Report & Logbooks

A further 70% of the students' final assessment is the Placement Report. Students are asked to submit a 15 page Placement Report and also a technical Logbook which should be completed on a weekly basis. The company manager is required to sign both off before submission.

Please check the student's Logbook on a regualr basis and ensure any confidentiality issues are resolved well before the submission date.

Confidentiality concerns

In order to assess our students we recommend that the company should resolve any confidentiality concerns regarding the presentation and/or the Placement Report and Logbook before the Placement begins.

The company can ask the student to get his/her presentation approved by an internal manager in charge of the project or the IP department. This practice would enable the company to remove any commercially sensitive material and give the student a fair chance of assessment.

This should not however prevent the student from discussing your organisation, the technologies they used or what they have learned from their work experience. Please remember that the presentations also promote your company to other students and lecturers.