Jason: MEng Soft. Eng.

"Over summer, I did a 6 month placement at Solidatus, a financial tech startup. The placement gave me both the freedom to decide what field of development I would like to focus on, as well as.."

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Gavin: MEng Soft. Eng.

"In the summer of 2009 I completed an Industrial Placement with Google in California. I worked in the Audio team which works on automating the Radio Advertising industry..."

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Industrial placements

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.

The MEng undergraduate programme consists of four years of study at Imperial and six months of industrial training (four months for JMC), after the second term of the third year.

Companies involved

Every year over 100 students undertake an industrial placement in a wide variety of companies. Companies that have taken industrial placement students include IBM, Apple, ARM, Google, Improbable, Cisco,  Facebook, Netcraft, Bloomberg, CERN, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Schlumberger to name a few. A very high proportion of students are offered jobs in the companies when they graduate which indicates the success of the scheme.

Projects include consultancy for machine-learning applications, improving existing integrating testing and porting a game to a different platform.

Corporate Partnership Programme

We have close links with several partner organisations (ARM, Bloomberg, Cisco, Credit Suisse, and Ocado amongst others) through the Corporate Partnership Programme (CPP). This is designed to facilitate close interaction between partner organisations and students through Industrial Placements, technical talks (including the Application of Computing in Industry lecture series), and prizes.

Opportunities for students

Students can also take advantage of the CPP Web Portal, which portal allows students to register their CVs and for CPP members to browse them and advertise opportunities to students.

All income gained by the department from the membership payments by the partner institutions is used for the benefit of the students. These memberships allow us to be able to support a wide range of student activities, from attending conferences to present papers to attending national and international programming competitions.

Bursaries and prizes

Our corporate partners also sponsor bursaries and prizes for outstanding student achievement such as academic excellence in examinations, or exemplary individual and group project work. These prizes are displayed on our web site and major sponsored prizes are announced at Imperial's annual Commemoration Day ceremonies. Some funds are also partly used for hardship funds, for example, awarding some funds to students in need of financial assistance.

Past successes 

Imperial students win top prizes at Programming 2018 conference and Imperial team takes first place in IOTA Hackathon are recent successes from students who have used the CPP funds in order to be able to attend the symposiums.

Previous placements for 2018 include:

Finance or Financial Services

  • Bloomberg
  • Brevan Howard Asset Management
  • Credit Suisse
  • Flextrade
  • G-Research
  • JP Morgan
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Moore Europe Capital Management
  • PDT Partners
  • Threadneedle Software Limited
  • Winton


  • ARM
  • Amazon Video

Games / Media

  • 22cans
  • King
  • Media Molecule

Software / Technology

  • Accenture
  • Apple
  • Cisco
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Improbable
  • Mind Link Software Limited
  • Netcraft
  • Ocado
  • Palantir Technologies
  • Pivotal
  • Resilient
  • Schlumberger

Web / Internet Services / Marketing

  • Amazon
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Next Jump
  • Skyscanner