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Begin your career in science, psychology, sport science, geography or health

Discover the career benefits and opportunities of a science placement year

Add professional experience to your studies by doing a placement year on your science sandwich degree course.

We'll help you find the best placement for your studies and help with your application. We'll connect you with businesses who partner with us, such as multinational pharmaceutical companies, national health trusts, national sports clubs and schools across the UK.

If you study a research subject, such as psychology, you might also be able to collect data for your final year project during your placement.

If you plan on studying sport and exercise science, your placement will help you take your first steps towards professional registration with an organisation such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

"Portsmouth quickly eliminated the fears I had of a non-vocational course. I've had various placement opportunities that I would not have dreamed of. In fact, one opportunity led to another since year one, and I have high hopes for the future."

Khudayja Datoo, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Earth and environmental science placements

On our earth and environmental science courses, you'll investigate how our planet formed, explore our energy resources and study natural processes. You can do a sandwich year placement to apply your studies on many of our courses.

Placement areas

The type of sector you'll apply for depends on your interests within the earth and environmental sciences. Our previous earth and environmental science students have done roles in areas such as:

  • Water supply and safety
  • Waste treatment and disposal
  • Conservation
  • Remediation of contaminated land
  • Environmental management
  • Marine ecotoxicology

Psychology placements

A psychology degree can lead to many exciting careers. The type of placement you’ll do depends on the career path you want, such as clinical psychology, forensic psychology, teaching or human resources.

Placement locations and roles

Placement opportunities

  • Assistant psychologist at a medium secure unit (providing assessment, care and treatment for adults with serious mental illness)
  • Assistant occupational psychologist at the world's largest information technology company
  • Student clinical psychologist at assertive outreach teams in the NHS
  • Teaching assistant a secondary school
  • Student psychologist in an educational psychology team
  • Business operations assistant at a leading global investment banking company
  • Student clinical psychologist at an adult and young offenders prison
  • Student researcher at a conservation centre in Malaysia
  • Category industrial placement student at a global healthcare company

"I spent my placement year as an HR Administrator. The placement was crucial in helping me understand what I wanted to do in life and also it was crucial to me getting a job after graduation. This experience really has been one of the best things the University has offered because it gives you the chance to explore the real world while having the safety of university if needed."

Aathira Jojy, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Sport, health and exercise science placements

Our sports science degrees can start your career in areas such as sports therapy, nutrition, personal training, coaching and research. Sports science placements give you the opportunity to experience roles in these areas and can help you decide your path after graduation.

Placement locations and roles

The type of role you’ll apply for depends on your interests in sport and exercise science.

On most courses, you'll get to choose your placement based on your career interests. On the MSc Clinical Exercise Science course, your placement will be arranged for you with NHS Hospital Trusts, Community Trusts, charitable organisations or local leisure services. You'll work in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise after stroke or cancer and falls prevention. 

Previous sport, health and exercise science students have done placement roles including:

  • Academy coach at Peterborough United FC
  • Research assistants in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Trainee physiotherapist
  • Camp leader at Camp America
  • Strength and conditioning coach at Watford FC
  • Project worker at the Active Communities Network
  • Physical education teaching assistant
  • Performance analyst assistant at London Irish
  • Basketball development manager in Tanzania
  • Sports development officer
  • Athletic union management support
  • Event management assistants
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) programme leader
  • Self-employed as a personal trainer and sports masseuse
  • Community projects intern at Pompey in the Community
  • Director of coaching at Berkshire Elite Coaching

Health science and care professions placements

Our health and care professions courses prepare you for jobs such as pharmacist, nurse, social worker or radiographer. These course include compulsory placements to ensure you have the workplace experience you need to work in these roles after you graduate.

Placement locations and areas

Placement opportunities

  • Advice and advocacy services
  • Ambulances and emergency care settings
  • Community healthcare settings
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Dental practices
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • GP practices
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Residential care settings
  • Respite services
  • Retail businesses
  • Schools
  • Social services
  • Special care dental services

Biological science placements

On our flexible biological science courses, you can do work-based placements that take a few weeks to a year. We have a network of partners from industries, government agencies, conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs), research institutions and national work placement schemes.

Placement locations

Previous biological science students have done placements at locations including:

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Are you ready to increase your employment opportunities and strengthen your skills by doing a sandwich year degree? Browse our placement degree courses now.

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