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). Both our GMS and R&D science placements give first-hand experience of manufacturing, technology and science in and out of the lab, with exposure to the best people, processes and technology.


We offer undergraduates a choice of science placements in either:

  • our manufacturing sites 
  • our research and development sites 

Manufacturing sites

Our Manufacturing sites science placements give first-hand experience of manufacturing in and out of the lab. We manufacture a huge range of different pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products from respiratory devices and antibiotics to toothpaste and premium sports nutrition products. Our integrated talented teams of engineers and scientists are able to deliver four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products every single year whilst meeting stringent quality and safety standards efficiently.

Research and development sites

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?

Our R&D placements are a mix of lab and non-lab based roles based at our Research Centres in Stevenage, GSK House. Within our Pharmaceutical R&D organisation we have around 140 undergraduate placements, available in hugely diverse areas of science including Biological Sciences, Clinical Operations, 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 GSK House.

What will I gain?

You will be joining well developed schemes that support a blended learning approach – with formal, classroom learning, mentoring and coaching and on-the-job experience.

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 first-hand 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.  Over the year you 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.


What manufacturing science programmes are there in GMS?

Analytical chemistry

Analytical chemistry and analysis is required to ensure the quality of the products and batches manufactured on site every day. By working in a laboratory environment you will provide quality assurance results to support the manufacture of world class products for global distribution. With the use of analytical technologies such as HPLC and GC, you will get the opportunity to work cross-functionally on a number of projects providing process development and support to ensure efficient and effective analytical analysis. You will experience compliance and quality regulations to ensure quality of results obtained and be involved in continuous improvement projects to improve analytical ways of working. Working in this fast paced and quality driven environment, you will have the opportunity to work with and support a number of different functions across site and interact with engineers, process chemists and manufacturing operators on a daily basis.


As a Microbiology undergraduate in a GSK Global Manufacture and Supply (GMS) you may work as a:

  • Process Microbiologist – ensuring the sterility of the manufacturing facility whilst providing expert knowledge and training to those who work in the facility on a day to day basis. This might include investigating environmental monitoring excursions and involvement in requalification activities to support the release of batches to the customer.
  • Laboratory Microbiologist – supporting manufacture by performing environmental monitoring of the manufacturing facility, sampling and examination of waters, microbial identification tests, endotoxin testing and sterility testing of the final product to provide results which will support batch release.

Pharmaceutical science

As a Pharmacy undergraduate in a GSK Global Manufacture and Supply (GMS) site you could be involved in:

  • New Product Introduction: Involvement in the manufacture, testing and supply of New Chemical Entities for development and clinical purposes. Including our new dosage forms on new manufacturing platforms.
  • Global Supply: Participate in Technical trouble-shooting and develop an understanding of the manufacturing process for a variety of pharmaceutical dosage forms, for example Oral Solid Dose (Tablets, Capsules & Powders), Inhaled and Sterile products. Learn about GMS strategy for new products and the management of existing global supply products.

Materials science

Pharmaceutical materials science is about understanding and evaluating how materials are transformed through manufacturing processes into the final dose form the patient will use. It is a broad discipline involving both chemical and physical sciences. The GMS Technical Material Science team are similar to a forensic science team, we use our specialist technical knowledge and advanced characterisation techniques to support GMS manufacturing sites to resolve complex problems across the many dose forms manufactured by GSK. We also support our manufacturing sites in ensuring we are successful when changing the pharmaceutical materials we use in our formulations.


What science programmes are there in R&D?


A wide range of biological roles are available across GSK R&D. Primarily laboratory based, these provide an opportunity to support development of novel medicines to treat life-threatening disorders, putting the patient at the forefront of everything we do. With a diverse array of experimental systems at your fingertips, you may be involved in defining new patient groups to target, uncovering novel cellular mechanisms for therapeutic development, or helping to identify and develop leading candidate drugs through demonstrating efficacy and safety in model systems. Whatever the role, you will experience working in a fast-paced research environment with access to cutting edge technology, whilst interacting with scientists across multiple disciplines and sharing different experiences. Due to the variety of different roles and scientific areas, follow the individual adverts to get a more detailed overview of techniques and skills applicable to each.


When on a chemistry placement with GSK you will join an existing chemistry team dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. Placements are based in chemistry groups spanning all stages of the drug discovery and development process. You will work closely with your GSK supervisor in the planning and implementation of all aspects of your role. The placement is highly practically based; you will carry out a wide range of synthetic organic chemistry reactions aimed at delivering molecules of interest. You will be introduced to state-of-the-art techniques for isolating and characterising compounds. The GSK Chemistry Industrial Placement programme is independently accredited by The National Council for Work Experience.


Where will I be based?

Our R&D placements are based at our research centres in Stevenage, Ware or Stockley Park.

Our GMS placements will be based at our Manufacturing sites in Maidenhead, Worthing, Ware, Montrose, Barnard Castle as well as GSK House, Brentford.


When can I start?

The majority of roles in R&D will start in September 2021. The roles within GMS will start between June and September 2021.


How can I apply?

Applications are now open, please visit the link here for information about applying to our Industrial Placements roles.