Student Placements

Placements and Internships

Placement and internship opportunities for students are available within medical research and are commonly advertised directly on company websites. For inspiration we have compiled a list below of companies who offer placement schemes. Please note this list is not exhaustive. 

Companies offering student placements or internships often establish strong links with Universities in the UK and opt to communicate details of upcoming placements to university students directly, for example Bath and Cardiff Universities.

Applications for full year placements usually open in November and often involve an assessment day typically including a competency interview, technical interview and a group exercise.

If you are interested in undertaking a placement and have any questions, or are an organisation that offers placements and would like to add your details to our website then please contact us.


Click on the profiles below to read about a couple of placement student's experiences.


Explore a number of placement and internship opportunities below.


Type of Placement:
Student Statisticians, Student Programmers

Length: 12 months

Pre-requisite: BSc undergraduate studying mathematics, statistics or computer science

Typically the student placements will tend to be a full placement year of 12 months, which forms the 3rd year of their BSc course. Visit the website...


Type of Placement:
Student Statisticians, Student Analyst/Programmers

Length: 12 months

Pre-requisite: BSc undergraduate studying mathematics or statistics

The decision to have a statistician or programmer placement student is usually determined by who is available to manager a student that year. Visit the website...


Type of Placement:
Industrial placement year as part of a 4 year BSc degree program. Positions available in statistical programming and biostatistics

Length: 12 months

Pre-requisite: BSc undergraduate studying mathematics, statistics or computer science.  Other courses with high numerical content considered.

Opportunities are advertised during September and October for placement years starting the following summer. Adverts are placed on the website when available. Please search for Associate Statistical Programmer/Assistant Statistician - Industrial Placement. Visit the website... 

Roche is also launching this year a Summer Internship scheme for PhD students

Type:  Summer Internship scheme for PhD students

Length: 8-10 Weeks

If interested please contact  Chris.Harbron@Roche.Com


Type of Placement: Student Statisticians, Student Programmers

Length: 12 months

IQVIA offer one-year placements to BSc students (i.e. students on sandwich courses who have completed two years of their degree).

IQVIA usually contact universities within an hour or so of Reading, but are open to any applicants. Visit the website...


Type of Placement: Student Statisticians, Student Programmers

Length: 12 months

GSK offer placements for both programmers and statisticians. Applicants should be studying for a degree related to mathematics or statistics. Visit the website...


Type of Placement: Student Statisticians, Student Programmers

Length: 12 months

Amgen offers 12 month placements in biostatistics in the Centre for Design and Analysis. Placements are for students who have completed the first two years of their undergraduate degree in a maths, statistics or related subject. Placements are advertised via Cogent Skills. Visit the website...


Type of Placement:
Student Statisticians, Student Programmers

Length: 1- 2 weeks

Pre-requisite: Currently working towards a degree in maths, statistics, computing, science or related subject. Visit the website...



Type of Placement:
 Student Statistician

Length: 12 months (September start date)

Pre-requisite: Currently in your 2nd year of a BSc with a strong background in mathematics/statistics.

If interested please contact or visit the website…

EventsFuture Events

  • A PSI Training Course on Improving Influence and Increasing Impact: Communication Skills for Industry Statisticians - Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2019

    This 1-day course will lead participants, in a non-threatening and encouraging atmosphere through steps to focus on improving the key skills of making impactful verbal and written communications.
  • PSI Webinar: Adaptive design: updated draft FDA guidance and its implications - Dates: 04 – 04 Jul, 2019

    In September 2018 the FDA published a guidance on adaptive design for clinical trials of drugs and biologics, updating (not finalizing) its initial draft from February 2010. The main focus of the webinar will be to provide an overview of its main contents, which will be presented by Jürgen Hummel (PPD). In addition, Kaspar Rufibach (Roche) will introduce an open-source statistical software for adaptive designs, RPACT (an R package that enables the design and analysis of confirmatory adaptive clinical trials). Kit Roes will also comment on the guidance from a European Regulatory perspective, which will be followed by a brief panel discussion.
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Statistics and Statistical Programming Opportunities at MSD


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Statistics at Costello Medical


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Principal Biostatistician


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Head of Statistical and Data Innovation as Head of Biometrics



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