School placement opportunities

Some Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment students have the opportunity to complete other placement units as part of their courses. These units are called internships, professional practice and/or work experience. In most cases, they are compulsory units and must be completed in order for students to graduate. These are managed by the Schools.

School of Engineering

SEP490 - Engineering Work Experience 

This unit is for undergraduate students.

Before students are eligible to graduate from undergraduate Engineering courses, a minimum cumulative total of 60 working days of suitable practical experience must be undertaken.

  • Experience may be in an engineering workplace or laboratory
  • Experience does not need to be gained at one location or in a single block of time

The objective is for students to learn about real situations in engineering practice from their personal experience and learn and develop skills and knowledge of the workplace prior to graduate professional practice.

SEL703 - Engineering Internship

For more information, visit the Engineering students page.

This unit is for postgraduate students.

This unit enables students to complete a placement in an engineering-related position of 120-160 hours (typically as a 4-6 week or 12 week unpaid placement).

  • Students undertake required advanced level course-relevant work to gain experience as a specialised Engineer
  • Students need to undergo a selection process which involves high academic records and a face-to-face interview

Completing this unit helps students apply discipline-specific expert level professional skills and knowledge.


School of Information Technology

For more information, visit the IT students page.

SIT306 - IT Internship

This unit is for undergraduate students.

This unit gives students the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a placement with a minimum of 100 hours

  • Each internship opportunity varies from student to student in terms of context, resources and experience as well as aspirations and focus from the student
  • Students are able to critically reflect on their course and graduate learning outcomes and develop discipline-specific and generic competencies useful for future employment.

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

For more information, visit the Professional Practice page.

SLE390 - Professional Practice in Bioscience

This unit is for undergraduate students.

This unit gives students the opportunity to gain professional work experience with a course-related approved organisation of a minimum of 80 hours.

  • Students develop generic employment-related skills in biological and biomedical science through preparatory seminars and work placement
  • Professional Practice benefits students by preparing them for work and a career in the biosciences.

SLE301 - Professional Practice in Environmental Science

This unit is for undergraduate students.

This unit gives students the opportunity to gain professional work experience with a course-related approved organisation of a minimum of 80 hours.

  • Students develop generic employment-related skills in environmental science through preparatory seminars and work placement
  • Professional Practice benefits students by preparing them for work and a career in environmental science.
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