The Work Placement Programme is an integral part of several academic programmes in NCI's School of Computing and School of Business.

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A placement is real work experience that will complement and support the student’s degree. Through the work placement programme, the student learns to apply within the workplace the knowledge already gained on the course. The placement component is designed to help the student develop the practical competencies and communication skills necessary to function as a team member in the workplace. The placement component is an important element in the ongoing development of the student.

Before undertaking a placement, students participate in a variety of career classes and events which include career planning, CV reviews, mock interviews and networking sessions, thus ensuring that they are ready to make the transition to the workplace.

Work placement benefits

Whilst considering and deciding on your work placement options, it is worth noting how you can benefit from work placement: 

  • Link academic study and theory to real industrial practice
  • Real world exposure to the latest technology and work behaviour
  • Learn the ‘language’ of industry 
  • Assess a possible company for future employment
  • Build a network of future career contacts
  • Experience the atmosphere and pace of industrial practice
  • Confirm and re-assess existing career aims and discover new career options
  • Learn critical reflection as a means of self-development
  • Apply problem solving in a real work environment
  • Practise existing key skills and develop new skills

Work placement together with your degree help you develop key employability skills sought by employers and assist in setting yourself apart. According to IBEC “Future ready: improving graduate employability skills” report, the key employability skills are: 

Personal leadership 

  • Self-awareness and belief that they can make a difference 
  • Ability to reflect and improve 
  • Self-worth – focus on life, personal feelings and motivation 
  • Creativity, curiosity and innovation 
  • Initiative and intuitive decision-making 
  • Capacity to make things happen autonomously 
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity

Business acumen

  • Business and customer awareness 
  • Creative problem solving 
  • Strategic thinking 
  • Networking 
  • Team working

Subject knowledge

  • Understanding subject knowledge
  • Application of numeracy 
  • Communication and literacy 
  • Logical and analytical reasoning 
  • Application of information technology 
  • Modern languages and intercultural awareness

Work Placements at NCI

School of Computing Postgraduate

The Work Placement Programme is an important and mandatory part of the MSc in Cybersecurity programme.

Full time students undertake a 25-credit, 12 week work placement from May until August and a second cohort are available for work placement September – December. Students are required to work four days per week in the company (e.g, Mondays to Thursdays) and attend classes one day a week in NCI (e.g, Fridays).

The work placement may be research oriented. If the placement is of a practical nature it is a requirement that the students apply research to the experience gained in the placement. Source code, results and/or generated/ processed data have to be made available to NCI academic examiners. A non-disclosure agreement can be put in place, if required by the company to cover the work placement.

School of Computing Undergraduate

The Work Placement Programme is an important and mandatory part of the BSc (Hons) Computing and BSc (Hons) Technology Management programmes.

Students undertake a compulsory 30-credit work placement in the second semester of their third year. The placement commences in January/February for 6 months minimum (full-time) and students return to their 4th and final year in September. Students may be available to remain in employment until September if both parties are in agreement.

School of Business Undergraduate

The Work Placement Programme is an optional part of the BA Hons Business, BA Hons Accounting & Finance, BA Hons Marketing Practice and BA Hons HR Management programmes.

Students undertake a 60-credit module who are enrolled on one of one of the above modules. The placement year comes between the second and the third (taught) years of the course. The work placement is a formal and academically accredited element of the degree programme that is graded. Those students who successfully complete the placement module graduate with a 4 year 240 credit award rather than a 3 year 180 credit award. The placement must be for a minimum of 8 months or 33 weeks.