You study the taught part of the MSc normally, sit your exams in May and then proceed to your placement. You return to Royal Holloway approximately one year later to continue work on your MSc Project. The placement attracts a salary and is assessed as part of your degree. You will be assigned a supervisor by the host company, who is responsible for directing your work. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor, who visits to check if you are integrating successfully and the type of work being undertaken is appropriate, and supports you in general during your placement. If you cannot or decide not to take a placement, you revert to the normal one-year MSc degree.
Please note that progression to the placement is conditional on good academic performance during the taught part of your programme.