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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course is an opportunity for students studying for the MSc People and Environment to gain valuable work experience by doing a project-based placement with an environmental organisation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Whitehouse

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course consists of a six-week full-time work placement or a twelve-week part-time placement in a working context related to the field of environmental anthropology. Partner organisations will be based in northeast Scotland. Possible organisations include the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Forestry Commission, Scottish Natural Heritage, the John Muir Trust, Aberdeen City Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. Work projects for students will be negotiated with these organisations. Students will meet regularly with a supervisor within the Department of Anthropology to discuss their placement and will write a report, which will form the basis of assessment.

No formal classes are required for the course, but students will have regular meetings with a supervisor in the Department of Anthropology both before and after the work placement. At these meetings a decision will be made on the most appropriate placement for the student and the student will also be given guidance on writing their report.

Further Information & Notes

5000-word report (100%).

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

5000-word report (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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