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Work Experience


The School of Biological Sciences operates the most diverse work experience programme in the University.

The School of Biological Sciences recognises the importance that gaining relevant experience has to their students.  All students entering the School have the option of work experience built in to their degree programme.  The School also integrates experience into a number of our taught Masters programmes.

Work Placement is an assessed compulsory component of our Environmental Management courses, further information can be found here. Biological Science students can undertake work placement as an optional element of their degree programme. The School have developed an extensive list of contacts and potential host organisations and support is provided for students throughout their search for work expeirence. 

Students have the option of undertaking either a 16 or 46 week period of experience.  Each year our students work in areas which are relevant to their course including the Food, Agriculture, Environmental, Health, Research and Life Science areas. With fewer jobs and more graduates, getting as much experience as you can is vital.

Contact Mark at for further information on previous placement hosts and the type of work our students undertake.

Benefits for students include  

  • Development of the key employability skills sought after by graduate employers
  • Helps develop work ethic, and professional skills required in the work place
  • Turning theory into practice, helps you apply learning from your degree programme into a real working environment
  • An exposure to workplace culture and increased career insights
  • Experience of other countries, cultures and languages; there are  opportunities for students to work abroad
  • Some placements are paid which would allow students to earn some money
  • Start to develop your own networks and contacts
  • Get acquainted with experts in your field
  • Increased chances of landing that first important graduate job


If you are an employer who is keen to link in with our Work Placement programme please contact Mark Gallagher  Queen’s University's Careers service offer a full recruitment service to employers seeking to recruit placement students and graduates.  Employers also have the opportunity to come on site and meet with students and present opportunities. Further details can be found here

Benefits for employers include;

  • Cost effective source of labour.
  • Motivated, committed and loyal employee.        
  • Opportunity to assess student’s potential for future employment - the opportunity to give a potential recruit a trial without obligation.
  • Flexibility in staff deployment and increased productivity.
  • Increased awareness of current academic developments in the particular discipline.
  • Breakthrough thinking (not blinkered or stereotyped).
  • Generating goodwill within the academic community.
  • Payback (putting something back into the system)

Useful Links


Mark Gallagher is the Work Placement and Careers Adviser for the School of Biological Sciences and acts as an initial point of contact for Employers and students, contact Mark at

Dr Karen King is the Academic Module co-ordinator for Work Placement and can be contact at