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Placements at RGU

Placements are an excellent opportunity for you to gain real experience and for employers to see what you have to offer. The placement team support students from the Schools below in finding relevant work placement opportunities with local, national and even international organisations.

Throughout our courses, there are a wide range of compulsory and optional placement or work experience opportunities.

There are a range of benefits to work experience such as:

  • Put academic knowledge to practice
  • Learn professional skills and values
  • Possibility to earn with some paid placements
  • Demonstrate independent, responsible working
  • Build industry connections and possibility for job offers
  • Work on live projects and diversify your interview answers
  • Gain experience, skills and references for your CV
  • Be distinctive against less experienced candidates


During your studies, it is important to make the most of all of the opportunities you have to learn and set yourself up for your future career. There are many ways you can develop experience at RGU including placements, projects and volunteering. We encourage you to view the placement and job opportunities on our course pages or contact our team for more information.

Placements for Businesses

Recruitment is a fundamental part of any business, it does not need to be difficult or costly. Find out how we can help you connect with our students.

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Placement opportunities on our courses


Aberdeen Business School

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

There are optional year long, paid placements available in Year 3 in:

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

BA (Hons)

This course gives you a head start in a career in Accountancy and Finance by developing the academic knowledge and understanding, practical hands on skills and broader abilities needed for a successful career. Established links with professional accounting bodies and employers ensure the course is relevant for today’s accounting profession.

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International Business Management

International Business Management

BA (Hons)

This course will provide you with a complete understanding of the global business environment and equip you with the skills required to be at the forefront of the international business world. You will learn the key business disciplines and the principal management functions and skills required for effective management in organisations through a unique blend of modules and experiences.

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Management

Management

BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) Management course will give you a thorough understanding of the nature and context of business, the principal management functions and the skills required for effective management in organisations. This course has been designed to enable you to operate successfully in the increasingly complex and demanding business environment.

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Management with Human Resource Management

Management with Human Resource Management

BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) Management with Human Resource Management course explores the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, with an emphasis on the vital contribution to business success made by the people of an organisation. This course will provide you with the relevant HR knowledge and management skills to be successful in the industry or other similar industries.

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Management with Marketing

Management with Marketing

BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) Management with Marketing course explores all aspects of marketing with a firm focus on the end consumer. The course will not only ensure you understand the theoretical aspects of Marketing but will provide you with plenty opportunities to put your knowledge into practice.

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Postgraduate Placement Opportunities

Various opportunities available in:

Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course is suitable if you have completed a first degree in another field of study and now wish to develop a career in accounting and finance. It aims to produce independent thinkers who are able to deal with the complexity of the accounting and finance challenges facing organisations, either domestically or internationally.

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Energy Management

Energy Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

Accredited by the Energy Institute, this course provides you with comprehensive knowledge and transferable management skills for the oil and gas, sustainable and renewable energy industries. It offers conceptual and problem-solving skills for addressing the management challenges of sustainable energy sourcing, evaluation, exploitation and application.

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Financial Management

Financial Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course will help you to develop the theoretical and analytical finance skills needed to succeed in the corporate sector and financial institutions. The course’s extensive coverage of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) means that it is recognised in the Institute’s University Affiliation Program.

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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

Through flexible study options, this CIPD accredited course will prepare you for the management of human resources in a global context. You will gain the relevant knowledge and skills to become and effective HR professional and meet the needs of today’s rapidly changing organisations.

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International Business

International Business

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course will develop your understanding of the global business environment and enable you to function effectively in an international business context, or in a range of other settings in which a high level of understanding of international business is an asset.

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Management

Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This CMI recognised course delivers business theory with practical relevance and provides an excellent learning curve for aspiring managers or those wishing to enter management from a specialist professional position. The course is available through flexible study modes allowing you to study at your own pace.

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Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

MBA

Our flexible MBA programme has been designed with a practical element and will develop your advanced leadership skills and an in-depth understanding of the functional components of management, strategic management and specialist areas of study relating to your career aspirations.

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Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance

Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course will help you develop and be capable of using advanced critical knowledge and understanding of the accounting for upstream activities and the financial arrangements/implications of a broad spectrum of oil and gas ventures. It confers desirable skills for careers in the oil and gas, energy and financial sectors.

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Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

With multiple study modes, this CIPS accredited course enables you to explore the dynamic discipline of Procurement and Supply Chain Management at your choice of pace. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and business skills for professional practice in procurement and supply chain management at middle and higher levels of management.

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Project Management

Project Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

With multiple study modes, this APM and PMI accredited course enables you to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge for all project management disciplines across the world. This course is suitable for those already in the profession or seeking to change direction as well as those at the start of their career.

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School of Creative and Cultural Business

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

All our undergraduate courses have placements during Year 3:

Fashion Management

Fashion Management

BA (Hons)

The Fashion Management degree is designed to fully integrate the management theories associated with the global fashion industry alongside the business contexts of fashion buying, production, marketing and merchandising. If you have a passion for fashion and a brain for business, this is the course for you.

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International Hospitality Management

International Hospitality Management

BA (Hons)

This fully accredited course combines both the academic and specialist aspects of International Hospitality Management. It provides you with the opportunity to study and experience the industry’s many sub-sectors through both practical and theoretical teaching methods including field trips, placement and industry masterclasses.

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International Tourism Management

International Tourism Management

BA (Hons)

This double accredited course provides you with the unique opportunity to study the academic aspects of tourism management and gain first-hand industry experience. You will cover all the integral features of the tourism sector including visitor attractions, hotels, leisure centres, theatres, events and business tourism, music venues and travel.

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Journalism

Journalism

BA (Hons)

This is an intensive and practical course which will equip you with the key skills you will need for a demanding career in Journalism or related industries. You will study the ways that news is sourced, regulated, produced and consumed, and examine the effects of this output on audiences.

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Media

Media

BA (Hons)

This course incorporates both the theoretical and practical aspects of the media industries. It will help you build a portfolio of practical experience and provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue a specialist career in media.

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Public Relations

Public Relations

BA (Hons)

This practical course will help you understand the wider context of PR, the principles and practice of communication, and its application in a range of contexts. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to perform a comprehensive range of communications activities.

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Postgraduate Placement Opportunities

All our postgraduate courses offer a 4 week period of professional industry experience:

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This CIPR accredited course provides you with the practical skills and relevant academic knowledge to ensure you will be capable of operating in a strategic communication role on graduation.

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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This highly practical digital marketing masters course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and applied skills to be able to design, deliver and evaluate successful strategies and campaigns. If you are looking to top-up your skillset and are unable to commit to the full programme of study, there is the opportunity to study modules on an individual basis.

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Fashion Management

Fashion Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This fashion business course covers the creative, managerial and commercial aspects of the global fashion industry. You will learn through projects which are based on case study scenarios, simulate real-life practice, and incorporate group interaction, ensuring you are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills for a rewarding head office career.

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Information and Library Studies

Information and Library Studies

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course has multiple study modes and will develop your critical, analytical thinking and practice oriented skills. It has been designed to replicate the environment found in the workplace by bringing together a mixture of theoretical and practical teaching methods.

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Information Management

Information Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This online course is designed to provide you with a well-rounded and balanced introduction to all aspects of information work including sources and services, information retrieval and information dissemination. The course is suitable if you have no prior experience of the subject or are currently working within the sector and are seeking to enhance your knowledge and skills.

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International Marketing Management

International Marketing Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This accredited course is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of domestic and international marketing theory and current business management practices. On successful completion you will be able to make an immediate and effective contribution to the operations of an international or national company within the field of marketing.

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International Tourism and Hospitality Management

International Tourism and Hospitality Management

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This course has been designed in collaboration with industry, the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) and the Institute of Hospitality (IoH) and offers you the opportunity to gain professional expertise as well as an industry tailored and highly relevant Master’s degree.

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Journalism

Journalism

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

This highly practical course focuses on the study of multimedia journalism. It has been designed to develop your critical understanding of the profession and an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism.

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School of Engineering

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

MEng

As an Electronic and Electrical Engineer you may work with the design and usage of a broad range of vital circuits and systems that fulfil society’s needs in electrical and electronic technologies.

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

MEng

There is a great industry demand for engineers with a broad-range of knowledge, covering both mechanical and electrical disciplines; allowing you to produce safer, durable, cheaper, useful and more efficient machines and systems to benefit society and change tomorrow. This course includes the core aspects of the Mechanical Engineering course combined with a specialism in Electrical Engineering.

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Mechanical and Offshore Engineering

Mechanical and Offshore Engineering

MEng

This course includes the core aspects of the mechanical engineering course combined with a specialism in offshore engineering. It will give you the ability to work methodically and logically to solve real-life problems in the face of conflicting requirements, and equip you with the skills to manage challenges in your future career.

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

MEng

As a Mechanical Engineer you could be involved in the design, construction and operation of machines, structures and industrial plant for a very wide-range of industries, across the world. You’ll constantly strive to produce safer, durable, cheaper, useful and more efficient machines and systems to benefit society and change tomorrow.

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Gray’s School of Art

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

Communication Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Communication Design: Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

BA (Hons)

Experience our distinctive collaborative approach to teaching and learning in Communication Design. This course will develop your extensive understanding of Communication Design disciplines and supports the development of your creative, critical and technical skills necessary to pursue a career within today’s ever-evolving communication design professions across a broad range of industry sectors

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Contemporary Art Practice - Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Contemporary Art Practice - Moving Image, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

BA (Hons)

Our multi-disciplinary course focuses on developing your skills across technical, conceptual, contextual, personal and professional areas through individual practice and collaborative projects. The curriculum is informed by current debates surrounding production, presentation and consumption of contemporary fine art and provides you with a unique opportunity to develop your own visual art voice.

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Fashion and Textile Design

Fashion and Textile Design

BA (Hons)

This course provides an extensive understanding of the creative, critical and technical skills related to your chosen specialism within Fashion and Textile Design. You are encouraged to develop your own pathway within the specialism and to acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career within today’s dynamic fashion and textile professions.

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Three Dimensional Design

Three Dimensional Design

BA (Hons)

This course gives you the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Product Design, Ceramics and Glass and Jewellery Design through research, development and innovation in materials and processes. You will experience traditional making skills and techniques whilst broadening your knowledge of advanced digital design and fabrication methods.

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The Law School

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

Law and Management

Law and Management

BA (Hons)

The Law and Management BA (Hons) course equips you with a sound understanding of law as well as key business management skills and knowledge. The high level of flexibility within the course, in particular at Honours level, allows you to shape your degree to specialise in the areas you develop an interest in.

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Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Undergraduate Placement Opportunities

Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technology is a relatively new profession in the construction industry combining a passion for the built environment with a particular interest in technical design. You will learn how to bring together all aspects of the design process, from concept through to completion, and develop key problem solving skills which are ideal for employability and continued professional development.

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Construction Management

Construction Management

BSc (Hons)

Managers are required at all stages of the construction process from inception through construction to maintaining our built environment. This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and the professions to provide a broad based education on design, construction and commercial management to prepare you for a rewarding career as a construction professional.

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Surveying

Surveying

BSc (Hons)

The Surveying degree is a linked course which combines two different strands; Quantity Surveying and Building Surveying. You will develop a range of skills relating to the built environment including; managing tasks and solving problems, applying numeracy, as well as design, technology and management skills and communication.

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