Our links with industry and professional bodies mean that your course reflects up-to-the-minute developments.
We make sure that you gain real experience of working for professional clients. Most students undertake a year's work placement in industry, which contributes towards your professional training period.
During your first and second years, in addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will receive a substantial programme of skills training and support from our Business and Professional Experience team to ensure you are work-ready. These skills are welcomed by employers and students alike as they ensure you make the most of both your study time and your professional experience.
Our Professional Readiness programme equips you with the skills to enable you to undertake an optional sandwich year with confidence and prepares you for the real world of work. Where possible a work placement is paid.
Kingston University uses its wealth of contacts to help you get the best possible placement. It enjoys an excellent relationship with a wide range of organisations, from global multinationals to small cutting-edge enterprises and the public sector. These links also ensure that the calibre of Kingston graduates is recognised by potential employers.
If you choose a sandwich year, we will provide you with support during this time. You will still have regular contact with us during your placement, through study days back on campus (or online if this is abroad). This will help you make the most of your learning, applying theory to practice, and really make a success of your placement.
Previous students have completed placements at companies including:
You can also gain professional-style experience within the academic curriculum. You might take part in mock hearings and workshops, for example. In Year 2 you have the chance to go on an overseas residential field trip, working on a real project. Previous destinations have included Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin.
Our Strategy into Practice seminar series gives you the opportunity to understand strategy in enterprises of all scales. Top managers will give you first-hand accounts of managing complex organisations in the UK and internationally, promoting innovation and creativity, instituting cultural change and managing growth. Speakers to date have included Lord Hastings (KPMG, BT and UNICEF), Karen Hamilton (Unilever), and Greg Dyke (former Director General of the BBC).
In each session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with academic staff and local business leaders. These seminars are also open to students, alumni, staff, the business community and the wider public.
Kingston University is rated the top most successful UK higher education institutions for graduate start-up companies (Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey). Read more.
The award for teaching excellence included specific praise for the inclusivity and accessibility of the University's courses.