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Work Placement - Employers


All of our undergraduate programmes have a Work Placement Programme in 3rd year. What does the Work Placement Programme involve? This is a collaboration between the student, the employer and the Department of Computer Science. Our graduates are in high demand so the Work Placement Programme gives employers the opportunity to obtain a skilled student for the duration of the placement and also establishes new recruitment possibilities. There are work placement opportunities in both the Level 7 and Level 8 Programmes. The Work Placement Programme can last from 15 weeks to 9 months.

After the Work Placement:

  • Level 8 students will only have to complete only one more year of study to obtain an honours degree qualification and then they will be available for graduate positions, if they don’t pursue postgraduate study.
  • Level 7 students will have an ordinary degree qualification and will be immediately available for graduate positions (if they don’t enter Year 4 of one of our Level 8 programmes). 

Work Placement Recruitment Procedure

  • Recruitment begins in September/October every year.
  • Students accept the first offer of placement. Therefore, to access the largest number of students available for work placement, we advise employers to let us know of their placement requirements as soon as they can.
  • When the employer decides if they will hire student/students for the Work Placement Programme, please inform the relevant Work Placement Coordinator.
  • The minimum duration of the Work Placement Programme is 15 weeks, beginning in January of the following year.
  • The maximum duration of the Work Placement Programme (which is usually the preferred option for employers) is 9 months (January to September) for the Level 8 programmes. For the Level 7 programmes, the work placement could directly convert into a graduate position if it suited both student and employer.
  • The Work Placement Coordinator will visit the student during the work placement at least once, normally in June.

If you are an employer and you are interested in taking part in our Work Placement Programme or would like any further details, please contact the relevant Work Placement Coordinators, who are listed in the section below. Links to all of the Programmes are also provided in the section below.

Work Placement Coordinators

Séamus Lankford BSc (Hons) in Software Development
BSc (Hons) in Computer Systems
BSc (Hons) in Web Development
Noreen Gubbins BSc (Hons) in IT Management
Tríona McSweeney BSc in Software Development
David Cadogan BSc in Information Technology


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