A Placement Year is an opportunity for you to spend a year gaining valuable work experience during your time at University.
It is a fantastic opportunity to apply yourself fully within an organisation, and could potentially result in a job offer.
Extensive training is usually provided and the experience often mirrors the first year working in a graduate role.
Placement years typically occur in between the penultimate and final year of your degree and last between 9 to 12 months; this is negotiated with your individual placement employer.
Degree-with-Placement programmes in Archaeology at Durham offer the chance to build a 9-12 month paid professional placement into your degree. Placements can be arranged in varied employment sectors, but as a Department, we offer a unique chance annually for up to six students to work with our own commercial archaeology company. These placements provide a paid introduction to the commercial archaeology sector combined with training in a variety of professional skills.
Which degree programmes have a Placement Year?
Students in the following degree programmes in 2020/21 can apply for a Placement Year:
During your placement you will remain a student at Durham University but with reduced tuition fees (20% of what you'd usually pay).
You will have one main assignment and some progress reports to complete, and you will be supported by a placement tutor.
Many larger organisations advertise placements on their website. It is always worth making a speculative application, particularly to smaller companies and third sector/charity or the voluntary sector. There may also be opportunities to work overseas or remotely on a relevant project.