Business and Management


A professional placement year can substantially improve your employment prospects, providing valuable work experience and giving you a significant advantage in the job market. Sussex is rated within the UK's top 10 universities in RateMyPlacement's happiness index, which ranks institutions based on students' overall satisfaction with their placement experiences.

NUE logoBMEc Placements Team nominated for National Undergraduate Employability Award

The Placements Team in the School of Business, Management and Economics (BMEc) were nominated for a National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) award in 2015 for ‘Most Improved Commitment to Employability'.

To see courses offered with a placement year, see the undergraduate prospectus.


School of Business, Management and Economics Placements Team

Ryan GoodchildRyan's placement perspective

‘I can't recommend a placement year highly enough. It's been the most valuable experience of my life, and I truly believe it has had a huge impact on my career. It's an opportunity to build skills and identify your career path whilst putting you one big step ahead of everyone else looking for work after University.’

Ryan Goodchild
Ecosystems Sales and Operations Analyst, IBM
BSc Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year)

Melissa EvansMelissa's placement perspective

'The invaluable skills I am learning from being in a workplace can't be taught from a textbook, and I also know that having a year in industry under my belt will make me even more attractive to employers and enhance my future career prospects.’

Melissa Evans
Press Office Assistant, Sainsbury's Head Office
BSc Business and Management Studies (with a professional placement year)

Daniel d'SouzaDaniel's placement perspective

‘My placement year has greatly enhanced my marketing knowledge. I’ve learned and gained so much as I’ve seen how marketing works from the beginning through to the end.’

Daniel d’Souza
Marketing Assistant, Virgin Holidays
BSc Business (Marketing) (with a professional placement year)

Victoria SwansonVictoria's placement perspective

‘My placement has definitely helped in terms of direction and it’s been great to have the experience. I’ve learned a lot at Sussex which is theory based and it’s good to know I can put it into practice in an actual company.’

Victoria Swanson
Industrial Trainee (Procurement), Pfizer
BSc International Business (with a professional placement year)