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Durham University

Natural Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a placement degree?

A qualified yes! A placement is a great opportunity to learn new skills in the workplace, looks good on your CV and aids your "employability". It is taken in-between year 2 and final year and consists of paid employment for at least 40 weeks with an employer in a subject aligned with your chosen subjects of study. For example students studying Bioscience or Chemistry may carrying out a research project for a drug company or work for a science consulting firm. Students studying Computer Science may work for an IT firm. There are various types of employers: hospitals, financial institutions, small biotech companies, research institutes, and large industrial companies.

It is students responsibility to secure a placement opportunity but the University and Natural Sciences are happy to guide students along the way to help in the search and to advise. The best place to find more information is on the Careers website where the brochure has further key information and also the Natural Sciences Placement Handbook in "DUO > Natural Sciences Info > Content".


  • Placement positions must be approved by the University.
  • Currenly the Natural Sciences degree with Placement is only available to students completing a BSc degree and is under review for the MSci where is is currently unavailable.
  • Home and EU students may only be registered for the Placement degree once the placement has been secured by the student and approved which is at the end of Year 2. Non-EU students can be registered for the degree at the start of Year 2.