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Many of our postgraduate courses at Kingston University offer the option to do a professional placement year. The placement year is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and is an opportunity to develop the skills employers are looking for. The placement option is available for both home and international full-time students.
You must find and secure your own placement, but you can make use of the University's career support services to help you. The placement will be undertaken after the taught portion of your course.
Take a look at the courses that offer a professional placement year:
The following courses in the Kingston School of Art offer a professional placement year:
The following courses in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences offer a professional placement year:
The following courses in the Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education offer a professional placement year:
The following courses in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment offer a professional placement year:
More information about the professional work placement year:
You will need to find and secure your own work placement by the deadline date specified by your faculty placement team, but we are here to support you:
Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages:
The standard course fee is payable at the start of Year 1. Please visit your course page for the course fee.
The placement fee is invoiced at the beginning of Year 2. The fee is payable in full prior to enrolment with no instalment options available. The placement fee amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the work placement module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.
Fees for the placement year are:
International students applying for a Student Route visa will need to pay the £470 non-refundable immigration health surcharge up front for both years.
To apply for a placement year, find the course you are interested, then select the two-year 'with professional placement' option on the 'apply for this course' screen of the course page.
General programme structure for courses with professional placement in Kingston School of Art:
General programme structure for courses with professional placement in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences:
General programme structure for courses with professional placement in the Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education:
You will do the placement at the end of the course.
General programme structure for courses with professional placement in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment:
The work placement is an assessed part of the course. If you are an international student, you will need a two-year visa to cover both the taught part and the work placement component of your course.
Please get in touch with the visa and immigration team if you have any visa queries or need further support – we are here to help.
If you would like to apply for a postgraduate programme with professional placement, you should meet the Home Office's requirements for a Student Route visa.
Please apply for/request the two-year 'with professional placement' option before your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is issued, so the 12-month placement can be included.
If you choose to transfer to the two-year 'with professional placement' course after you arrive in the UK, you can still take up the opportunity, but you will need to secure a placement before you can submit a new Student Route visa application from within the UK.
If you decide not to pursue the placement option, or if you do not manage to secure a placement by the deadline, you will be switched back to the usual one-year course and complete your degree in the standard 12 months (this will not affect your grade).
If you are an international student, then UK Visa and Immigration will be alerted about the course change.
Please note that courses including the work placement option are not eligible for US Federal funding.