IBioIC offers members companies the opportunity to participate in our MSc industrial placements programme.

Members are welcome to enquire at any time about joining the industrial placements programme.

What are the benefits to my company in offering an Industrial Placement?
There are numerous advantages, such as:-

  • The programme affords an opportunity to engage with an enthusiastic MSc student with a fresh perspective, and have them working within your company for a defined period of time.
  • You may wish to use the knowledge, skills and experience the MSc student has developed over the course of our programme and its collaborative, industry-focused modules to undertake a defined project or investigative piece of work (or progress an existing one).
  • Your company has the opportunity to become an integral part of training and educating the next generation of future biotechnologists, strengthening links between academia and industry.

Here’s what some of our Industrial Partners/Members have to say about offering a placement
“We find having new people in the lab is always positive, having new expertise or knowledge that we maybe don’t have, but also a different perspective to research problems. The results that the MSc students have provided from their projects have been very useful for our business”

“Our MSc students' work was of an extremely high standard and accelerated a key aspect of one of our enabling technologies”

Here’s what some of our MSc students have to say about undertaking a placement
“I chose this course because of its connections to the growing Biotechnology industry within Scotland, the diversity of the course material and the collaboration with universities and industrial partners”

“The MSc programme is clearly aligned to industrial needs and it gave me a realistic insight into what employment would be like in the field”

What is required of our company?

  • Industrial placements for 2018-19 are scheduled take place between May and July 2019, with specific start and end dates will be confirmed in the near future. 
  • The placement should last a minimum of 10 weeks.  Placements may be offered for a longer period of time if the project requires it, but we would need to know the confirmed placement duration in advance.
  • Each placement will require a named Industrial Supervisor, someone based within that company, who will mentor and look after the MSc student for the duration of their placement.  Please refer to the ‘outline of responsibilities’ section at the end for more specific information.

Will our company be expected to pay for the MSc student?

  • For a standard 10 week industrial placement, payment to the MSc student is on a voluntary basis. 
  • For any industrial placement exceeding 10 weeks, we would normally expect some sort of payment to be offered to the MSc student, this is open to negotiation.
  • The company is expected to cover all reasonable expenses relating to any work being undertaken on the premises during the placement (a small consumables budget may be available from IBioIC, by negotiation).

How will the MSc student be selected/allocated?
The recruitment and selection processes are competitive and based on student performance, application and interview. 

What are the terms and conditions of taking a MSc student?
All work undertaken by the MSc student during the placement will be on behalf of the company with the agreement that sufficient data can be collected and presented for inclusion in their Masters thesis.

A short agreement between the company and the student will be put into place prior to any work commencing.  More information will follow shortly.

I’m interested in offering an Industrial Placement, how do I sign up?
Please return a completed ‘Proposal Form’ by email to

Additional Information
Outline of responsibilities of an Industrial Supervisor

• Provide a brief outline to the project identifying key techniques to be used.
• Meet with the student to discuss the subject of the project and to provide key references.
• Help the student to identify specific aims objectives of the project and formulate a hypothesis to be tested.
• Provide or arrange training in relevant techniques (training may be given by PhD students, technicians or research staff as appropriate).
• Ensure that students are aware of and sign the relevant safety information including COSHH and Risk Assessment Forms, and Standard Operating Procedures for equipment and facilities.
• Monitor satisfactory attendance and performance of their students.
• Meet with the student on a formal basis to discuss progress at least every two weeks throughout the ten week experimental part of the project (May to July 2019).
• Complete an assessment form for the laboratory performance of the student  (30% of the mark for the thesis).  Guidance/training can be provided if necessary.