Choosing to do a work placement as part of your degree can be extremely rewarding and will help prepare you for the world of work. You'll gain confidence and valuable experience to help you decide what kind of career you might like when you graduate.
The University’s Careers Centre has links with organisations across the UK and around the world, and can support you in approaching one of your choice, allowing you to experience working in a graduate-level role that suits your career ambitions. You can also explore placements related to music therapy, education, and orchestral or band management.
Taking a work placement year will extend your degree to four years. In recent years our students have worked with a wide variety of organisations including:
- Warner Music
- English National Opera
- Leeds International Concert Season
- Faber Music
- Grand Union Orchestra
- Scottish Opera
Internships and volunteering
Even if you don't choose to do a work placement year, there are many opportunities to work with external organisations within the music industry as part of your degree.
Internships are a great way to gain valuable work experience alongside your studies, and you could work during the University holidays or part-time during the year. We can also offer our students a range of exclusive internships with a variety of employers, and there are further opportunities on campus too.
Volunteering is another way to develop valuable skills alongside your degree, and at Leeds there are over 1,000 opportunities to get involved in.
Alexander Barrie BA Music
"My year in industry placement at Warner Music Group was the most useful aspect of my university career. It made me so much more independent, as I had to think for myself and making decisions. I was given a lot of responsibility because I worked hard, which meant the job was fulfilling. Coming back to University afterwards also made me work harder and meant that I was focused on my modules, especially my dissertation. "View Profile