Micro-placements Scheme


What is the Micro-placements Scheme?

Royal Holloway, University of London offers a unique and award-winning Micro-placements Scheme which encourages students to experience a day-to-day professional working environment in a variety of industries. The scheme is a great chance for students to develop professional skills and improve their career prospects after graduation.

Micro-placements last between two and four weeks and take place during summer vacation. This is an ideal time to undertake work experience as it does not interfere with the students’ studies and is not a lengthy commitment.

In 2015, the scheme won the 'Best Preparation for Work Initiative' award by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), which recognises outstanding examples of excellence in the graduate development industry through its annual AGR Development Awards. The Careers & Employability team also received a College Teaching Prize Commendation in 2017/18 for the innovative use of feedback software to improve student learning.

Who is the scheme open to?

The 2019/20 Micro-placements Scheme is offered to second year undergraduate students from the following departments: 

  • Biological Sciences
  • Classics
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Media Arts
  • Comparative Literature and Culture & Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The scheme is also open to first year undergraduate students from the following departments: 

  • Criminology
  • Management – Year-in-Business Students

How can eligible students apply to the scheme?

In order to get a place on the scheme, students need to go through a competitive selection process. They attend workshops, get tailored feedback on their CVs and cover letters and attend a short interview. Successful applicants will be offered a placement secured by the placements team.

The application process itself is a fantastic way to improve your employability prospects and develop skills required for the job market. You will also receive Passport Points for attending the micro-placements workshops.

Applications for the 2019/20 Micro-placements scheme are now closed.


What is a micro-placement?

For students who successfully complete the application process, the placements team sources two to four week work experience opportunities in a diverse range of sectors including; publishing, marketing & PR, heritage, biotechnology and financial services. 

Whilst we endeavour to take students' preferences into consideration, we always rely on employers’ availability to host a placement. We have found that students who are flexible and open to exploring new areas come away with the most positive and rewarding placement experiences.

Most of the placements are located in and around London, but requests for flexibility in location may be taken into consideration. All placements are unpaid, but they are recognised on the students’ degree transcript and all travel expenses incurred during a micro-placement will be reimbursed. 

How will the scheme benefit students?


Careers Consultant Gemma Seabrook, explains the benefits of Micro-placements Scheme.


- Receive tailored feedback on your CV / Cover Letter and interview performance

- Gain an insight into a professional work environment

- Create contacts in the industry

- The work experience will look great on your CV

- Develop your confidence and acquire new skills

- Improve your employability prospects


Student experiences

 Get inspired! BA English graduate Hope Purcell, completed a micro-placement with Walker Books during her second year summer vacation. 


Hear what our Micro-placement graduates have to say about their professional work experiences! Find out more.

Contact details

If you have any general questions about the scheme, please contact the Placements Team via email.

If you have any specific questions regarding the scheme, such as discussing possible roles, guidance on how to select an area of interest or a general chat about any personal circumstances, please come along to the Careers and Employability Service to speak with a Placements Officer.


Placements team
Lisa Zampetti

BioSciences, Earth Sciences, Geography, Psychology

Emily Hertzell Classics, English, History, CLC and Liberal Arts
Holly Wilcox Criminology, Management ,Maths, Media Arts, Music, Physics