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04 Apr 2019 2.6K Book icon 5 mins Share

What are the postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities?

This article talks about postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities and placement options. Read to know more…

04 Apr 2019 2.6K Book icon 5 mins Share
Courses with internships in UK

Those of you planning to pursue postgraduate study in the UK – pay attention, this is for you. Ever since the Post Study Work (PSW) scheme was scratched off in 2011, it has become significantly more challenging for an international non-EU student to find a well-paying job in the UK. And the Brexit doesn’t make it any better either. Unfortunate, yes. But if you’re wondering if there’s any light at all at the end of the tunnel, we have some great news for you!

Students with internship experience are THREE times more likely to get top jobs! This means pursuing postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities will be the most ideal thing to do to stand out amid the tough competition. And we’ll tell you all you need to know about choosing such programmes and its placement options in detail. So stay with us until the end guys.

Industry exposure FTW

Gaining work experience is your way to stand out amid this tough competition. Work experience can either be through internships or integrated placement years. Internships are relatively shorter in duration ranging between 6 weeks to 6 months and finding these are often up to you to. On the other hand, integrated placement is a part of the programme structure, where you will have to spend nearly a year working in the industry.

Be it internships or placement years – it’s a great opportunity for you to explore a particular role of your interest and gain experience in that. Most employees view your work experience favourably because it shows them that you are: 

  • Are familiar with how the industry functions
  • Know to apply classroom knowledge at work
  • Have honed skills necessary to deliver at work - such as communication, time-management and teamwork 

Now the next big question:

what are the postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities? 

There are plenty of programmes across fields that come with industry experience options. Universities offer integrated work placement opportunities that let you gain work experience through internships and placement years - either in between the programme or as an optional extra year. 

Here, we’ve put together a list of universities offering postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities:

Queen Mary University of London

At Queen Mary, there are many postgraduate programmes that come with industry experience option of up to 12 months. Most of these programmes have intakes in September. Few of the programmes are:

  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Big Data Science
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence 
  • MSc Computing and Information Systems  

Loughborough University

MBA programme at the triple accredited Loughborough University’s Business School is two years long (inclusive of a work-based project with an employing company in the industry). The company experience is a compulsory module, at the end of which students will be required to submit their report for assessment.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway offers several 2-year postgraduate programmes that come with a ‘Year in Industry’ option. Few of these programmes are:

  • MSc Data Science and Analytics
  • MSc Artificial Intelligence
  • MSc Information Security
  • MSc Computation Finance
  • MSc Machine Learning
  • MSc Distributed and Networked Systems

Coventry University

Coventry University offers postgraduate programmes with 3-month internship options as well as 1-year industry placement. Programmes that have year-long work experience include:

  • MSc Biotechnology with Professional Experience
  • MSc Molecular Biology with Professional Experience
  • MSc Pharmacology and Drug Discovery with Professional Experience

Programmes that give you the option to intern for 3 months as a part of the structure include:

  • MBA Global Business
  • MBA International Fashion Management
  • MBA International Marketing 

University of Central Lancashire

At UCLan, students can choose from a variety of postgraduate programmes that offer optional internship or industry placement experience of 10 to 12 months. Few of these programmes are: 

  • MSc Fire Safety Engineering
  • MSc Maintenance Engineering 
  • MSc Intelligence Maintenance Engineering
  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering

Sheffield Hallam University

At Sheffield Hallam University, postgraduate programmes like MSc International Hospitality Management and MSc International Tourism Management offer 1-year industry placement opportunities for international students.

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University provides postgraduate programmes that come with options of 12 month-long placement options. They include:

  • MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) 
  • MSc Aeronautical Engineering 
  • MSc Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy Technologies

University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire has programmes at master’s level with options of 1-year industry placements. You’ll be required to maintain an overall average mark of 60% to qualify for the placement experience. Few of the programmes are:

  • MSc Artificial Intelligence with Robotics
  • MSc Software Engineering 
  • International Business 
  • MSc Cyber Security

Northumbria University

At Northumbria University, students can find postgraduate programmes that offer 1-year industry placement opportunities (advanced practice in the second year of the programme). Here are few of such programmes that are on offer:

  • Business with International Management
  • Business with Financial Management
  • International Business Management
  • Electrical Power Engineering 

De Montfort University

At De Montfort University, students can opt for the 'MBA Global' programme, which comes with an option to work with a company on a project for 3 months as an alternative to a theory-based dissertation module. Additionally, you could also opt for a 15-month professional field experience amounting to a minimum of 30 hours of work in the summer. 

The university requires a minimum of 50% from students who have completed their undergraduate studies (in any field), and an overall IELTS band of 6.5. No prior work experience is required to apply for this programme.

In addition, students can also opt for postgraduate programmes in any of the three fields of engineering – electronic, mechanical or software. Each of these programmes comes with 1-year industrial placement opportunities.

Manchester Metropolitan University

The MSc International Business Management programme at Manchester Metropolitan University allows you to intern for a year (comes with an additional placement year fee). You’ll need to score an overall of 6.5 in IELTS with no category less than 5.5 to pursue this programme. Other programmes with internship options include:

  • MSc International Events Management
  • MSc International Tourism and Hospitality Management

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester has several programmes that offer you an option to take up a paid industrial placement - spanning between nine months and one year. Few of such postgraduate programmes are: 

  • MSc Advanced Computational Methods
  • MSc Advanced Software Engineering
  • MSc Cloud Computing
  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Middlesex University

At Middlesex, you have plenty of postgraduate programmes that offer an integrated work experience for three months. Few of the programmes that come with placement options are: 

  • MA International Business Management
  • MA International Human Resource Management 
  • MBA

London South Bank University

The London South Bank University offers master’s programmes that have internships integrated into the module structure. This means that these programmes require you to take up an internship to gain work experience and add value to your dissertation. 

  • MSc International Business Management 
  • MSc International Business Management with HRM 
  • MSc International Business Management with Finance  
  • MSc International Business Management with Marketing  
  • MSc International Business Management with Project  
  • MSc International Marketing  
  • MSc Marketing Communications  
  • MSc Marketing 

Here are some of the other universities that offer master’s programmes with options to intern/work:

  • University of Greenwich - MBA International Business
  • University of Salford - International Business with Law
  • University of Bath – MSC Data Science
  • Nottingham Trent University - MSc Molecular Cell Biology
  • University of Sussex - MSc Robotics and Autonomous Systems 
  • University of West London - MA Luxury Hospitality Management

Regardless of the fields of study you choose, your work experience in the field will be your trump card to get employed in the UK. Still have questions? We’re sure you’ll find all your answers in our FAQ section

So now that you know of the postgraduate programmes in the UK with internship opportunities, it’s time to shortlist the programmes based on your interest and career prospects. We can help you there too. Be it to choose universities or to prepare for the IELTS, our experienced guides will help you in every stage to pursue your study abroad dreams. Since, universities in the UK have different intake periods all through the year; get in touch with us to know what the best time to apply is. Hurry up – tick tock! 

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