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About MSD

At MSD, we are inspired by a shared vision and mission to save and improve lives.

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products. We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With over 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of over 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the third year running.

12-Month Student Placement Opportunities at MSD

Are you a student looking for an industrial placement which provides rewarding opportunities and diverse experiences? At MSD we allow you to take real responsibility working on business-critical business tasks alongside a passionate, diverse and inclusive workforce.

Regardless of the department you are placed within, all student placements receive training and on-going support throughout their placement. You will also have the opportunity to understand the broader business through site visits, networking and events as we believe this experience is invaluable.

Whatever your career path; whether it's pursuing research in the laboratory, working directly with our customers and stakeholders, manufacturing quality products or working in one of our central support functions like HR, finance, IT or communications; MSD offers opportunities to develop and expand your career while making a true difference in peoples' lives.

To start in Summer 2021, we are offering 12-month student placement opportunities across a wide variety of areas. More details of each area and placements available within them can be found on our RateMyPlacement Employer Profile. Alternatively, if you would like to view and/or apply to a specific role within these areas, please visit our website.

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MSD is 5th in Science & Research Top 100 Undergraduate Employers 2020 - 2021

MSD Latest Reviews

  • Industrial Placement Student - Analytical Sciences

    I have learnt many valuable skills in both techniques and transferable skills e.g. giving presentations, writing scientific papers and teamwork. The placement also gave me an insight into how the pharmaceutical industry works....


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  • Medical Affairs Associate

    My main role is to coordinate activities such as advisory boards and medical education webcasts, as well as collaborate with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders....






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  • Clinical Research Placement (Clinical Operations Managers/Country Clinical Quality Managers Intern)

    I really enjoyed my Clinical Research placement. The welcoming nature of the company and range of opportunities made for a very informative and exciting year. Everyone I worked with was willing to help and support me in my learning and experiences. I was able to work across two teams within the department which provided me with a wide range of opportunities and broad knowledge of clinical trials as a result....


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Students expected to return to graduate jobs with us

2:1 (Two One)

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Awards and Commendations

[2020] RateMyPlacement Top 100 [2018] RateMyPlacement Top 50 [2017] RateMyPlacement Top 50