What do you want?

The chance to help millions of people do more, feel better and live longer? The opportunity to launch a graduate career in a responsive, innovative, global business? An undergraduate placement that will give you the practical experience to complement your studies? A company that’s genuinely committed to your personal and professional growth? Whatever you want, GSK has the answers.

Why GSK?

One of the world’s leading healthcare companies, GSK discovers, develops, manufactures and distributes life-saving vaccines, prescription medicines and consumer health products such as Maximuscle, Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Panadol.

The size and scope of our organisation allows our people to answer some of the biggest questions facing everyone on the planet – questions about future healthcare needs and questions about building a responsive, innovative, global business to meet them – as well as questions about their own personal and professional growth.

What graduate programmes are available?

Become a Future Leader at GSK and help change the face of healthcare.

Our Future Leaders Programme offers graduates the opportunity through structured development with challenging experiences to gain the right capabilities to become a future leader in our growing global business. Firstly you join one of our functions – you pick which one best suits your skills and aspirations – and have multiple rotations within that function. In this time, you’ll learn about our exciting business and contribute to significant work objectives. Whilst on the programme we’ll help you make a choice, listening to your preferences and looking at your performance; You can continue on your path to deepen your expertise in your chosen area, or gain greater breadth of experience, potentially across different international geographies and functions; ultimately inspiring and leading others. Both are essential to our future business growth

These two development paths ensure graduates that join our Future Leaders Programme will have a robust development and a stronger future, whatever path they choose

  • Engineering underpins practically everything we do and ensures the smooth and rapid transition of newly developed products into full-scale manufacture across our entire portfolio.
  • Our IT programme gives a broad understanding into the essential role that technology has to play in our global strategy and aims to turn highly talented graduates into future business leaders.
  • Science is all about bringing ideas to life using a variety of processes and the latest technology.

What placements are on offer?

For undergraduates in the UK, we offer both industrial placements and summer placements. Industrial placements last 12 months and to apply your placement must be recognised and supported by your university. Our summer placements last up to ten weeks and are usually undertaken in the summer between your second and third year of university.

With training packages designed to meet your individual needs and a performance development plan, you’ll be able to build on the skills you’ve gained at university by applying them in a practical environment. Placements cover Manufacturing (Engineering and Science), IT, Supply Chain and R&D.

We also offer summer placements in Supply Chain and Engineering. These typically last 10 to 12 weeks and are aimed at students who have the skills and experience to add value to our company, as well as the potential to build a long-term career with us.

You should be on track for a 2:1 or above (or equivalent). Whatever degree you’re studying, you’ll need to be a high energy, well-organised, proactive student, able to establish good working relationships, resilient and with the ability to think flexibly.

What’s in it for me?

We are deeply committed to personal and professional development – offering a range of ongoing and tailored learning opportunities. We give our people the trust and respect to be themselves, and the chance to develop their careers across an incredibly diverse collection of businesses and geographies. You’ll flourish in an environment where personal growth plays a vital part in the changing face of the business. But most of all, you’ll enjoy the sense of purpose that comes from leading change in an industry that touches millions every day.

What next?

Please click here to find out more about our up to date programmes and placements, including our requirements and start dates, and how to apply.


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Headquartered in the UK, a global organisation with offices in over 100 countries.
Our business employs over 97,000 people in over 100 countries.
Around 12,500 people work in our research teams in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.
Our brands include; Ribena, Horlicks, Lucozade, Aquafresh and Sensodyne.