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    Hi, I'm looking to apply for a Mech Eng degree and am basing my choice of uni on whether the course offers a year in industry (sandwich course) as I would love to do it. I noticed how some unis e.g. Imperial, Oxbridge, Bristol and Southampton don't offer this. Please could someone tell me if these unis would help me find industrial experience if I took a year out of studying. Thanks a lot.
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    Some don't offer them just for organisational reasons, I imagine. There's all the hassle of sorting out employer reports, doing the checks, admin behind distance learning etc. I'd wholeheartedly recommend a placement to anyone, but there's also the pressure on returning to university because you've been in a different environment for 12 months, and haven't done all the modules everybody else has.

    I don't know how much support normal courses give you, but I was basically told to go off and find a placement myself [chemistry]. It wasn't set up for you so they don't really do much. I'm not sure they will get many advertisements through if they're universities that never offer students the chance to do placements. I think they would be stupid to not support you though, so there's probably a tutor that can sort of help you through it. Google is your friend, go forth and apply, is the general gist of finding a placement. If the university aren't crediting you for it then it's only a case of them highlighting you as taking a year out.

    Edit: on my course if you get a placement but fail to meet the criteria to remain on the course (60% average) then you drop to the BSc programme, go on your placement but without distance learning/credit for it, so they just class you as a year out student. I imagine it's just how they'd run it - the "disadvantage" being you're spending 5 years rather than 4, I guess.

    There will be a couple of companies who may offer scholarships or have effective partnerships with departments which offers some access to placements, which I doubt exist for the ones that don't traditional offer the course.

    Best way to find out is to e-mail them for their stance on it. Bristol definitely offer an industrial year for chemistry so they clearly have an understanding of it, and its value. I possibly think the issues with missing a year (think of their views on gap years and their worry about being out of it) might take it out of favour with Oxbridge and Imperial - just because of the way the degrees are structured (i.e. typically you'd be taking the year in between times when you're beginning to specialise). The placements aren't necessarily entirely related to your degree, or using only a small portion in greater depth. But yeah, go and ask for the ones you're interested in because I think it could vary between places.
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    (Original post by JJ812)
    Hi, I'm looking to apply for a Mech Eng degree and am basing my choice of uni on whether the course offers a year in industry (sandwich course) as I would love to do it. I noticed how some unis e.g. Imperial, Oxbridge, Bristol and Southampton don't offer this. Please could someone tell me if these unis would help me find industrial experience if I took a year out of studying. Thanks a lot.
    Also worth noting courses with industry placements typically have higher admission requirements.
 
 
 
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