Work experience placements at The University of Manchester

We receive requests from teachers, advisers, students and pupils about work experience placements at The University of Manchester. Here’s how you can find out about the opportunities available.

Placements for pre-16 students

Year 10 work experience in Biology, Medicine, and Health: Monday, 6-Friday, 10 July 2020

Students from Year 10 looking to complete a week of work experience are invited to join the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health in July 2020. 

This full week will give students an introduction to higher education, working and studying at Manchester, a taster of laboratory science and information about careers in science, medicine and health care.

There will be a whole host of activities, workshops, tours, talks and projects that students can get involved in. Watch our work experience 2019 video to see what students get up to.  

To apply students need to submit a word document to containing the following information: 

  • Full name
  • Current school name
  • Family history of higher education (did either of their parents/carers attend university?)
  • 500 word (max) paragraph explaining their interest in participating

Applications open on Saturday, 1 February 2020 and close on Friday, 1 May 2020. If the scheme is over-subscribed, priority will be given to students from widening participation backgrounds.

Placements at the University of Manchester Library

The University of Manchester Library offers a number of unpaid work experience placements throughout the year, giving students an insight into working at a very busy academic library. These include placements for Year 10 students, post-16 students and students studying library based programmes.  For full information please visit the Library website.  

Other placement opportunities

The Nuffield Foundation

The University also strongly supports the Nuffield Foundation and hosts a large number of students for Research Placements in Science each year over the summer holidays. Applications for these placements should be submitted via the Nuffield Foundation website directly.

The Greater Manchester NHS Careers and Engagement Hub

The Greater Manchester NHS Careers and Engagement Hub is an initiative aimed at improving the information and support available to people who are looking for careers opportunities in the NHS throughout the region. The Hub can help young people with volunteering and work experience opportunities in the local NHS. 


The WorkFinder app enables young people aged 16 to 24 to find work experience opportunities in their local area in a quick and easy way. The app is free to download and allows young people to define the kinds of roles they're interested in and the opportunities available with companies in their area. Opportunities include taster sessions, job shadowing and longer placements in companies.

EY Foundation

Smart Futures is a ten month programme run by the EY Foundation which starts with paid work experience during Easter and summer. The programme is open to Year 12 students who meet the eligibility criteria and are ambitious and motivated about joining the world of work.