Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Placements

Work Placement Opportunities

At Leeds we offer a fantastic work placement year programme which is a great way to gain valuable experience for your CV and try out potential career options.

You can choose to complete your placement in the UK or abroad, undertaking a 12 month placement in year three of your programme before returning to Leeds to complete your final year.

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Political Placements

From 2017, BA Politics students at the end of year one will have the exclusive opportunity to apply to for one of a limited number of places on the four-year BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies option. If successful, you will then transfer onto year two of the BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies programme which offers a political placement in year three

This exciting placement year could mean working with an MP at Westminster, at a party headquarters, in a constituency office or another political organisation. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of government, put your knowledge and skills into practice and gain valuable work experience to support your future career plans.

See our BA Politics page to find out more

Student Experience

Alex Brodie, Economics and Politics

"I completed a year in industry at the trade association and lobby firm – The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – where I worked in both the fields of Policy and Economics. This opportunity allowed me to live and work in London for the first time which was a key factor in deciding my location. During my time I worked with MPs, government civil servants and government affairs officers from the world’s leading automotive manufacturers."

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