We’re committed to innovation and the continual pursuit of improvement. Rolls-Royce

Our Scholarships

Placement Location

Solihull, Birmingham

Type of Placements Offered

Any placements


(1) Requires 12-month placement; (2) Open only to British citizens/no dual nationals; (3) Candidates required to undergo security clearance; (4) No first years

2022/23 Scholarships

We are expecting to offer at least one new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Rolls-Royce is a pre-eminent engineering company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems. One of the world’s most famous brands, we’re committed to innovation and the continual pursuit of improvement.

Control Systems is a Supply Chain Unit within the Civil Aerospace division of Rolls-Royce. From our state-of-the-art facility in Solihull we design and manufacture safety critical controls for over 300 customers worldwide.

We provide a single solution for the design, manufacture, procurement, testing and support of high-integrity, harsh environment control systems, including safety critical software, electronic, electrical and hydro-mechanical products.

What you could be doing during your work placement

You will join a vibrant Electronics Academy at the heart of the Control Systems business. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the whole of the life cycle (design, development, verification, testing and implementation) of the next generation Electronic Control Units for Rolls-Royce engines.

Our new facility in Solihull is a fantastic space for agile working, ideas sharing and innovation. You’ll join a team of experts who will share their experience and help you to discover more about this exciting technology.

We have opportunities for undergraduates interested in both digital and analogue design and firmware.

Meet one of our Scholars

Name: Tom

Sponsor: Rolls-Royce

University: University of Birmingham

Degree Course: MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

I’ve always had a keen aptitude for problem solving ever since I was young, I used to love doing Rubik’s cubes and Sudokus. Electronics combines problem solving with creative solutions to allow multiple different solutions to problems and so is perfect for me. My Electronics A level project is really what swayed to do Electronics at a higher level though. Although nothing I did ever worked first time, I enjoyed the challenge of working out what had gone wrong and how to improve. When I finally got it working was one of the best feelings in my life! The wide variety of jobs is appealing as well!

Why did you want a scholarship with Rolls-Royce?

I applied to Rolls-Royce as they are one of the most prestigious companies in the world. Their work in the power and propulsion systems is unparalleled.

I knew that working at such a prestigious company would give me the chance to work with world class bespoke equipment and the ability to work alongside world class engineers, of whom I could pick the brains of at any time.

I’ve also always enjoyed reading about the Battle of Britain in WW2 and the roles the Spitfire and Hurricane played in it. So to work for the company that designed the engines for both these planes and shape the history of this country, was extremely appealing for me.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

During my placement I was tasked with testing various pieces of equipment via temperature and humidity chambers. As anything designed by Rolls has to work from temperatures varying from -40oC to 70oC it is imperative that these tests be done. For these tests I had to design test circuits to ensure the correct limits were used, and write MATLAB scripts to analyse the results. Although shadowed by a senior engineer at first, towards the end of my placement I was trusted to complete these tests alone. These tests furthered my engineering know-how by allowing me to put in practice what I had learned at university into a real world application.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside work I enjoy playing multiple sports. I play cricket for my local team and I am the vice president and first team captain of Dodgeball at the University of Birmingham. At Rolls I played for the football team, allowing me to make friends outside of my team. I enjoy watching Football, having a season ticket for Manchester City. I am also a keen musician having achieved grade 7 Saxophone and I still play to this day. I find this helps me relax after a stressful day!