"The placement year offered me the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including team work, written and verbal communication plus some real hands-on experience of accounting. I was working with new systems and producing reports for senior management. These skills will be invaluable in the graduate job market."
This 4-year programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in business in your third year.
Placements are real, paid jobs in a wide variety of organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and offer you a valuable opportunity to experience first-hand how business and management concepts are applied in practice, and to give you direct exposure to real issues in the workplace. It can also be done abroad.
The placement year is a vital part of your learning and will add significantly to your personal development, self-confidence, planning, communication and business acumen skills. Statistics show that students who have undertaken a placement year benefit from a better graduate job, higher graduate starting salary and a better degree outcome.
In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work.
We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.
The School of Management has an excellent network of organisations that offer placements including:
- GE Money
- Arris (formerly PACE)
- Enterprise Rent A Car
Together we ensure your placement is appropriately challenging and that you can make a real and positive impact on the business. Your experience will be monitored and assessed through a credit bearing work based learning module that will count towards your final degree.
This module is portfolio based and will develop your ability to reflect on professional work related experiences and recognise the impact on your career development planning. Placements are not guaranteed, and students will have to invest considerable time and effort in their 2nd year in securing one, with the support of the dedicated Careers team.
Learning and assessment
For all taught modules your learning will be directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars, virtual learning environment activities and guided private studies. Generally, for each module, you will attend one lecture and one tutorial each week during which you will be in direct contact with teaching staff.
The School of Management is committed to demonstrating the relevance of taught material to real business problems; you can expect to see guest industry lectures and the use of real industry sponsored business problems for assessment purposes.
Methods of assessment vary according to the learning outcomes of particular modules and the stage of study. Accordingly, a mixture of examinations, essays, group work and presentations will be used in assessment of your work.
The Bradford Trading Room provides students with hands-on experience in a simulated trading environment.
Students get a feel for real investment decisions made in industry and learn how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.
Students have the option of completing a training and certification module specifically designed for universities called Bloomberg Essentials Training (BESS) that is widely recognised in industry and confers valuable skills which are highly relevant for the finance, banking, insurance and related industries.
As a student at University of Bradford School of Management you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions around the world.
This gives you international experience, exposure to a different culture and opportunities to network with students and academics at other leading business schools.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities.
You will be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.
Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area
These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
You will be taught by research-active teaching staff. This means you will have access to the latest knowledge and tools in the areas of accounting and finance.
The final year dissertation module will allow you to develop a research topic in an area of Accounting or finance of your choice.