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Placements and industry links


The School seeks to make connections with a number of external organisations to enable students to gain valuable work experience.

Work experience

Third year research projects may be carried out in local industrial or research institute laboratories. Final year biology projects may be field-based including butterfly diversity in Honduras, starfish ecology in Indonesia and Eucalyptus biofuel production in China.

On all our courses students benefit from specialist teaching from external professionals including from the Veterinary Laboratory Agency, the world-renowned London University Institutes of Neurology and Child Health as well as clinical staff from local hospitals.

We encourage our students to take up summer placements in industrial or research institute laboratories, such as those of the nearby Veterinary Laboratory Agency or CABI Bioscience. Biomedical Sciences students may choose summer placements in clinical laboratories.

We regularly offer projects at the Natural History Museum, Thames Water and GSK as well as internships at Whipsnade, Millennium Seed Bank and the MRC unit in Leicester.

If you would like to spend a year abroad, we have strong links with universities in the USA, Australia and Canada.

The School works in collaboration and has contacts with Chrysal Flowers, Humber Growers, VHB Herbs, Finlays Flowers and World Flowers, Sangamo biosciences, MRC Harwell, Cellectis genome research, Benitec Biopharma, Wyeth (now part of Pfizer), AVI Biopharma (now Sarepta Therapeutics),  Shire biopharmaceuticals, PlasmidFactory, Inovio vaccines, Genzyme (a Sanofi Company), RegenX biosciences, Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT now UniQure), Okairos vaccines and IBET biotechnology research.

Micro-Placements Scheme for current students

The Placements Team at Royal Holloway is offering a limited number of work experience placements to interested students studying Biological Sciences.

If you are a second year Biological Sciences student, this is your chance to develop professional skills and improve your career prospects after graduation in your desired career area.

Placements are typically two to four weeks in length and will take place between June and September 2018.

Most of the placements are located around London, but requests for flexibility in location may be taken into account.

For more information on the micro-placements scheme, please visit https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/students/jobs-careers/employability/placements.aspx.


Apply for the Scheme

Students are invited to participate in a competitive selection process which has been designed to boost their employability skills. As well as receiving professional feedback from the Careers & Employability Service, Biological Sciences students will also have a dedicated departmental Placements Officer. Successful applicants will be offered a placement secured by the Placements Team.

To find out more about the application process, second year students are invited to an Intro to Placements presentation on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 2-3 pm in WETTONS-A.

If you have any questions, please drop an email to our Placements Officer Katharina at: Katharina.Grass@royalholloway.ac.uk

Case studies

“The highlights of the placement were the new and exciting things I witnessed which I had never witnessed anywhere else before. Every day had in store something exciting to look forward to which is what made the placement enjoyable. My overall highlight was surely seeing the birth of a baby, it’s definitely the most beautiful thing I have ever seen”

Intern @ Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, East Kent


“The luxury of having a micro-placement is you are there to gain an experience; therefore every day is different and aimed to showcase the broad array of work undertaken. Key activities on the site include research into discovery of new active ingredients (AIs), new formulation technologies to develop products from existing AIs and technical support of product ranges”

Intern @ Syngenta AG - Jealott's Hill International Research Centre


Other opportunities

For information and guidance on finding your own placement or internship, visit Royal Holloway's Careers and Employability website.


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