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Course Overview

This Work Based Placement elective offers a professional placement with one of the following: public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations or government agencies. Students undertake a 10-week placement with a host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Heather Morgan

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

  • MSc Global Health and Management (Studied)
  • 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

The placements are subject to availability and are offered on a competitive basis. The aims of the placement are:

• To enhance employability through engagement in a competitive application process;

• To acquire professional knowledge and understanding of the daily work, strategic priorities, objectives and functions of a health and/or development sector organisation;

• To apply academic skills in a work environment; and

• To develop a range of transferable skills (including objective setting and monitoring, communication and networking, independent research and self-evaluation, and interpersonal and team-working skills), as well as our Graduate Attributes.

This is a project-based course, the content and structure of which is largely student-directed (in conjunction with the placement host). There are three phases: setting up; undertaking the project; and assessment. Students will be supervised by a University based supervisor and a host organisation supervisor for the duration of the placement.

Work will involve person or remote working on projects that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Undertaking in-depth market research;
  • Developing technical solutions;
  • Conducting a case study;
  • Documenting an organisational or policy change; and/or
  • Preparing a communications strategy, websites, social media, etc.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate employability skills via successful completion of a competitive application process;
  • Develop insights into the work of a particular health and/or development sector organisation as it is situated within the broader context of everyday life, public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations and government agencies by working with a supervisor from the organisation;
  • Evidence experience of putting academic skills into practice in a working environment by producing a Workplace Output(s) in the style required by the organisation; and
  • Detail the development of transferable skills and Graduate Attributes in the Reflective Commentary.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 25 - 27, 29, 32, 34
  • 1 Support Tutorial during University week s 25 - 35

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Summative Assessments

Students are assessed through two pieces of written work: a workplace output (70%) and a reflective commentary (30%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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