Skip to main content


Many courses at Durham offer the option to apply for 9-12 months gaining valuable work experience as part of your degree.  Employers often look for work experience as well as academic achievement when choosing staff and a placement will give you the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills you learn on your course into practice in a real-world setting. 

Why do a placement year? 

  • Gain real world experience 
  • Gain the necessary skills and expertise to secure the ideal job when you graduate 
  • Maximise your long-term employability 
  • Research suggests those who do a placement year have a higher degree classification overall 
  • Expand your network of contacts 
  • Earn money!  On average the salary for a placement year is £15k- £25k 

See Placement Years - A Complete Guide for Students for more information.