Every year we offer up to 2 6-month placements to students who are taking a sandwich year during their undergraduate course at university.

  • Please click here for details about our 2020-2021 placement and how to apply.

Please note this placement is for Biomedical Science students only.

Below are previous students, Harriet and Afua from the University of Surrey. See what they have to say about doing a placement in Research & Development.


Harriet Gilman

“As part of my degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Surrey, I decided to apply for the placement opportunity here in the Research & Development department at ASPH.

Gaining experience in a hospital is unlike any other placement and I feel that I have greatly developed both my scientific and workplace knowledge and skills, due to the diverse nature of the role.

So far, I’m finding being able to apply my academic knowledge to real-life cases hugely rewarding. I have found modules such as Pharmacology, Pathology & Medicine and Biochemistry particularly relevant in helping me assess patients’ eligibility for trials based on their medical and drug history. My previous education also helps me explain trials to patients whilst understanding the different diseases that they are being treated for.

I believe a placement in an NHS hospital is an excellent opportunity for anyone studying Biomedical Science – from witnessing surgery to taking blood, I’ve gained experiences that I could not obtain from anywhere else and therefore I can highly recommend working for ASPH!”


Afua Asiamah

“I’m currently a Biomedical Science student from the University of Surrey. I applied for this role of a researcher because when reading up on the placement I learnt about the different studies that were being carried out at the Trust; I also wanted to get the experience to help me in future research that I want to carry out within healthcare in different cultures. I want to continue into further education and train to be a Physician’s Associate.

I’ve found that research is more than performing tests on a patient but involves more 1 to 1 patient contact which will be a very useful skillset to learn. Being with the Research and Development department, I have gained a lot of skills and knowledge from working on trials such as the MOSAIC trial on Peripheral vascular patients with intermittent claudication and NICEFIT trail involving patients with colon problems.

I completed my GCP certificate, phlebotomy training and Human Tissue Act (HTA) training as well as gain experience in receiving consent, using various databases and interacting with doctors and patients.”