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Getting Work Experience

At Middlesex University, we have well–established links with a wide range of both public and private sector employers. In addition, each School or department may have their own links and MDXworks on campus provides a team of dedicated Employability Business Partners (EBP's) who have a detailed understanding of the specific market sector and liaise extensively with academic colleagues to embed employability information in programme design and delivery.

Employers prefer graduates with work experience. There are many benefits to undertaking a placement or internship whilst at university:

Gain knowledge
Your academic studies can be enriched by the new perspectives, experience and commercial awareness that you gain while you are working in an industry environment

Develop key skills
A work placement provides the opportunity for you to develop key employability skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication and time management that graduate recruiters look for

Explore different career options
A work placement will let you "try before you buy" and often give you a taste of several different roles available within a company to give you new ideas about career options

Secure a graduate job
A work placement will give you a competitive edge when it comes to applying for graduate jobs. Employers prefer graduates who have experience and it isn't unheard of for an employer to offer a graduate role to students who have already completed a placement or internship with them

Go global
As a student at Middlesex, you can undertake work experience anywhere in the UK – or even abroad through the Erasmus + exchange programme. Experiencing another culture broadens your horizons and helps you gain a greater understanding of diversity

Get paid while you study
Many placements can be well paid, an excellent way to fund the cost of your studies

Work placement options at Middlesex

  • A four-year sandwich degree in some programmes of study, which includes a credit-bearing placement of up to 12 months. Check individual course pages for more information. You will not pay tuition fees during a year-long work placement
  • Internships are placements of less than a year. Special placement modules on courses will allow you to do a credit-bearing internship. Check with your department for more information.
  • Accredited and/or compulsory work placements for part of a number of postgraduate courses. Check with your department on options available
  • Work experience, internships and professional development qualifications are available through MDX Sport & Recreation
  • Part of the School of Science and Technology, redloop is our unique centre for design and innovation collaboration that offers work experience and placements, enabling you to develop projects for commercial clients

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