International College at Robert Gordon University


Frequently Asked Questions

Robert Gordon University consistently produces outstanding professional graduates and has been recognised as a top modern university in Scotland for graduate prospects (Guardian University Guide 2022).

Our students have the opportunity to apply for a paid work placement for their third year at RGU, and we have put together some frequently asked questions to show you how it all works:

Which RGU courses offer a year-long placements opportunity?

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Management
  • BA (Hons) Management with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Management with Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business Management

What is a placement?

Year 3 students on the above programmes have the opportunity to apply for an integrated credit bearing placement. Students will spend their third year employed by a company undertaking a real job title. This year will give students the opportunity to put into practice the skills learned during university and gain valuable, professional experience, as well as being paid!

Why should I consider a placement?

Boost your CV

More now than ever, employers are looking for people with real practical experience as well as strong academic achievements. Your work placement offers the perfect opportunity to gain this kind of experience whilst still studying. An employer seeing any work placements on your CV will be more likely to consider you for the position.

Make better grades

The additional skills and knowledge gained during a work placement can usually be directly applied to your studies, with practical experience of presentations, teamwork and working to deadlines can all help lead to better grades.

Get paid!

Students earn a wage from their employer which varies dependant on the placement, with students on average earning in the wage range of £12,000 to £19,000 and some students earning upwards of this.

Great networking opportunities

The contacts acquired and networking done during a placement will put you in contact with people who may be able to offer guidance and advice on your chosen career path.

How to I apply for a placement?

Robert Gordon University has a dedicated Placement Office, providing ongoing support and guidance on finding the perfect placement as well as offering help with CV writing and mock interviews to increase your chances of securing that ideal post.
With a database of placement companies, opportunities to network with employers and ongoing support during your placement year, the Placement Office provides help throughout the whole experience.
ICRGU students will have the opportunity to attend Placement Office presentations during Year 1 and 2 in order to prepare for applying for some outstanding opportunities.

Will I get a grade for my placement year?

Yes. Students on their placement year are given an overall performance grade by their employer.

Do I still have to pay tuition fees for the placement year?

Students who are successful in securing a placement will pay heavily reduced tuition fees of approximately £1000 for the duration of their 3rd year.

Do I have coursework to do alongside my placement?

Yes, students undertake 2 modules tailored to their chosen degree programme which is undertaken alongside their placement. Furthermore, you will be appointed an academic tutor to ensure that everything is running smoothly and you are enjoying your assignment.

Can I leave after I complete my placement?

Students undertaking a full placement year during third year must return for their fourth and final year, resulting in a Bachelor's Degree with Honours.

What kind of placement jobs are there?

Just some of the job titles that students have done over their placement year:

Marketing Executive
Management Accountant
Accounts Analyst
Marketing Assistant
Buying Assistant
Supply Chain Manager

Business Development Manager
Consumer Marketing Assistant
HR Co-ordinator
Area Manager
Contracts Co-ordinator
Marketing and Sales Agent

What will happen if I don't get a placement?

For students who are not taking the placement route, there are class based lecture programmes and tutorials to continue your course of study towards your chosen degree programme. RGU Placement Office have also developed shorter project-based work experience opportunities which are shorter in duration usually lasting 12 weeks and are called "Connect to Business". 

Who do I need to contact for more details?

Interested in Management or Accounting & Finance courses? Contact for more details on the placement and applying to study at ICRGU.