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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This work-based placement elective offers a professional placement with a civic, government, industrial, public, research or voluntary health and/or development sector organisation. You will undertake a ten-week placement with your host organisation, either within the organisation, remotely from Aberdeen, or using a combination of both. Placements are subject to availability and are offered on a best match basis.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Summer School Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The aims of this course are to:

  • Enhance student experience
  • Provide students with an authentic learning opportunity
  • Enhance student employability
  • Enable students to acquire professional knowledge and understanding of the daily work, strategic priorities, objectives and functions of a health and/or development sector organisation
  • Facilitate student application of academic skills in a work environment
  • Provide students with opportunities to strategically develop a range of transferable skills, as well as our Graduate Attributes (

This is a project-based course, the content and structure of which is largely student-directed. Students will contribute work activities for your host organisation (20 hours per week over ten weeks = 200 hours) and teaching and learning for this course will also involve a combination of host organisation and University-facilitated structured education (12 hours through six compulsory two-hour University personal reflection and professional development training sessions, plus work-related training and meetings with your placement host and course staff, with the remaining hours devoted to self-study and preparation for assessments (totalling 88 hours).

A placement allocations process will take place during the January – April sub session (over academic weeks 26-40). It may involve meetings with the course staff, discussions with placement hosts (potentially including filling out surveys, submitting expressions of interest; CV sharing; informal interviews (where required) and appointment confirmation) ahead of the course start date.

Some placements will be group-based, but each student will be assigned individual roles and assessments will be completed individually.



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Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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