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Industrial placement year

All of our food science and nutrition courses give you the chance to do an industrial placement (‘Year in Industry’) as part of your degree.

This could give you the opportunity to work in wide range of large and small companies across the food and nutrition industry.

What is an industrial placement?

A work experience placement gives you the opportunity to get real industry experience during your degree course.

During your year in industry, you’d be employed full-time (and earn a salary) by an organisation in the food and nutrition industry.

Throughout your placement (which would be the third year of your food science and nutrition course), you’d have an industrial supervisor within the company, and an academic supervisor.

Where might I do my placement year?

In recent years, Leeds food science and nutrition undergraduate students have gained work experience within some of most well-known organisations in the industry, including:

  • Asda
  • Kellogg’s
  • Pepsico
  • Nestlé
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Aunt Bessies
  • Co-op
  • Iceland

The jobs that students have performed at these companies are varied, from Food Technologist to Assistant Nutritionist.

There are placement opportunities to suit all interests.

Why undertake a work experience placement?

An industrial placement year is a great way to help you decide what kind of food science and nutrition career you might like to follow after university.

There are lots of graduate jobs in the food and nutrition industry, and gaining work experience during your degree really helps you to understand what a career in the industry will be like.

Other industrial placement benefits include:

  • Building your team working skills
  • Putting your food science and nutrition knowledge into action in a real-life situation
  • Gaining more independence and life experience

Does the industrial placement year extend the length of my degree course?

If you’re studying a BSc course, the industrial placement year will increase the length of your degree to four years.

Gaining a place on the industrial placement programme is competitive and depends on the grades you achieve.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to make up your mind whether an industrial placement is right for you until the beginning of your second year at Leeds.

Featured placement provider - Kellogg's

Kellogg’s is one of many companies where Leeds food science and nutrition students have done work experience placements in recent years.

Kellogg’s offer various industrial placement opportunities each year.

Work placements at Kellogg’s give students the opportunity to spend a year working at their European headquarters in Manchester, gaining experience, learning new skills and developing new working relationships.

Watch Charlotte discuss her experience of her work placement at Kellogg’s.

Watch Kellogg’s management team talk about how students benefit from industrial placements.