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Undergraduate science placements

We offer undergraduates a choice of science placements in either our Global Manufacturing & Supply organisation (GMS) or in our Research and Development organisation (R&D). Our GMS science placements give first-hand experience of manufacturing in and out of the lab, with exposure to the best people, processes and technology and our R&D placements are a mix of lab and non lab based roles based at our Research Centres  in Stevenage,Ware, Stockley Park or Harlow.

Do you want to help discover and develop potential new medicines? Are you eager to learn from experts and be part of a vibrant student and professional community?

As a science-led, global healthcare company, we develop new treatments and medicines that help people do more, feel better and live longer.

Our Global Manufacturing & Supply (GMS) organisation, spends £3 billion, every year manufacturing products from respiratory devices and antibiotics to toothpaste to help people around the world to do more, feel beter and live longer. Our integrated talented teams of engineers and scientists are able to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products every single year meeting stringent quality and safety standards efficiently.

Within our Pharmaceutical R&D organisation we have around 140 undergraduate placements, available in hugely diverse areas of science including Respiratory, Biological Sciences, Clinical Data Sciences, In Vivo Imaging, Biophysics and many more.  Most placements are based in our Medicines Research Centre in Stevenage, where nearly 3,000 scientists work on ground breaking drug development, although there are other science opportunities across a number of our sites, including Ware, Stockley Park.

What will the programme be like?

You will be joining well developed schemes that places emphasis on both training and individual development and be valued for your contribution.

You’ll find yourself in a real role, adding value to our business as a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, either discovering & developing new medicines or in the manufacture of existing GSK treatments and medicines.

During your year with us you’ll gain firsthand experience of science, technology or manufacturing, including development of personal skills, being able to understand how different sites operate, putting academic theory into practices and in many cases taking responsibility for your own projects. All this will build your technical knowledge, as well as developing your communication, planning, organization, problem-solving, team working and help to build an extensive network of industry contacts.

Do I have the skills?

You should have a strong interest in science, and be studying a degree in the following areas:

Field Area of study Where are these roles
Analytical Chemistry    Expected 2:1 or above in related Chemistry Degree R&D/GMS
Medicinal Chemistry Expected 2:1 or above in related Chemistry Degree R&D/GMS
Microbiologist Expected 2:1 or above in Microbiology or related science degree R&D/GMS
Pharmacy Expected 2:1 or above in Pharmacy or related science degree R&D/GMS
Biological Science Expected 2:1 or above in related Biology Degree R&D
Clinical Research   Expected 2:1 or above in Biomedical Sciences or related degree R&D
Statistical Computing Expected 2:1 in combined degree in Mathematics, Statistics or numerate scientific discipline R&D
Material Science Expected 2:1 or above in related science degree R&D/GMS

You will be a self-starter with excellent analytical, communication and team working skills.  You will need to be able to understand different ways of applying your subject knowledge but also have drive, confidence, commitment and self-reliance to get the most out of your time with us.

Please note that all placements will have different degree requirements so make sure you are aware of the requirements before applying. 

You must be studying a sandwich degree course and the industrial placement must be seen as a recognized sandwich year of your course.

When can I start?

Recruitment takes place annually. The majority of applications open online in autumn every year with placements starting in June/July/August the following year.

How can I apply?

For GMS roles please apply here

For R&D roles please apply here

You may apply for a role in both GMS and R&D the same time, but be aware the application process is different process.

You can apply also for more than one role within the R&D area. 

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