Student handbook

Undergraduate programmes

Placement year

At Loughborough, a significant percentage of undergraduate students are on placement degree programmes. This period of industrial or professional training in the UK or overseas, normally twelve months long, provides you with an opportunity to gain work experience and an additional qualification. Depending on your programme and placement this would be the Diploma in Industrial Studies, the Diploma in Professional Studies, the Diploma in International Studies or the Diploma in Professional Development.

During your second year, you will be invited to secure your placement, with assistance from your School and Careers Network. The placement itself will require you to maintain appropriate records and to submit a report which will be formally assessed. You will be visited from time to time by a member of your School. A full description of the programme placement can be found in your Programme Handbook; also see the University's Code of Practice.

Students may also choose to spend time studying abroad during their placement year.

Adding or removing a placement year from your programme

If you wish to add or remove a placement year from your programme, you should contact your School at the earliest possible time to discuss your plans. You are also advised to seek guidance from the Student Advice and Support Service regarding how changing your studies may affect your financial circumstances (including student loan), immigration status and/or accommodation. If you hold a Tier 4 visa, you will need to obtain a new visa before adding a placement year.

If you do get agreement to add or remove a placement year, you will need to submit a Route Change request through the Student Self-Service facilities. This new system is part of a range of developments the University will be making over the next few years to improve the student experience. It offers a much easier and quicker way for you to submit your Route Change request, provides automated notifications at relevant points in the process and will improve the speed with which your request is completed.

To submit a Route Change request through the new system, please log in to Student Self-Service and click on the “My Requests” tab.

Please be aware that, if you are required to apply for a new Tier 4 visa, you will need to have obtained this before your record is updated and you can commence your placement year.

If you have any queries about this, please speak to your School's Placement Officer or contact the Student Office. 

Student Office
Rutland Building 
Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire
LE11 3TU

Email: studentenquiries@lboro.ac.uk