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Our placement schemes are focussed on developing your employability and helping you to gain the experience you need to succeed in the workplace.


What is the Micro-Placements Scheme?

  • If you are a second year Geography student, the micro-placements scheme is your chance to develop professional skills and improve your career prospects after graduation.
  • Under this award-winning scheme, the Careers & Employability placements team offers a limited number of short summer placements across a wide range of industries to the most motivated students.
  • Micro-placements last between two and four weeks and take place during summer vacation. Most of the placements are located in and around London, but requests for flexibility in location may be taken into consideration. All placements are unpaid, but they are recognised on the students’ degree transcript and all travel expenses incurred during a micro-placement will be reimbursed.

The application process

In order to get a place on the scheme, you will need to go through a competitive selection process which has been designed to boost your employability and develop skills required for the job market.

Students attend workshops, get tailored feedback on their CVs and cover letters and attend a short interview. Successful applicants will be offered a placement secured by the placements team.

To find out more about the scheme, second year students have the chance to attend one of several micro-placements presentations running at the beginning of the autumn term. You can find further information here.

Placement-linked dissertations

  • This scheme places students (usually 8-10 a year)  in organisations, where you will complete a piece of geographical research for your dissertation, as well as gaining work experience.
  • Placements are awarded competitively after completing an application
  • Past placements have included the British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and the Royal Geographical Society.
  • You  receive funds to help cover your costs.
  • You also need to write a blog post about your experience

Student-organised placements

  • Staff will assist you in finding your own placements within organisations of your choice
  • Students have undertaken placements ranging from wildlife conservation to the Royal Geographical Society and the Houses of Parliament

Departmental Placement Research Assistants

  • Second-year students can undertake paid work with a member of staff for 2-4 weeks in the summer.
  • There is a competitive application process, and students are provided with support on CV and cover letter writing.
  • Timing is flexible and pro-rata, to be most convenient for you and the member of staff.

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