Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 15:59
|120 credits (60 ECTS credits)
Degree programmes with an integral industrial placement offer students the opportunity to spend the fourth year of their degree in paid employment. Completing an industrial placement allows the students to experience workplace culture and makes them a more effective employee following graduation. Placements vary considerably but in general terms, students are placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where they will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement their degree programme. Increasingly, placements or periods of work experience are being used as a tool by employers for pre-selecting the best students for graduate roles. The industrial placement year may therefore become a passport to employment where employers consider a work placement as a central part of their graduate recruitment processes. Students are employed by their host company and can expect to work on a number of projects over the year. They will gain practical experience of the workplace which is also relevant to the degree programme in which they are studying. Depending upon the placement provider students may also have access to journal clubs, lab meetings, training courses and conferences.
This course is a pre-requisite prescription for part of any degree programme within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition incorporating an industrial placement and comprises one year’s practical experience in industry or a research institute (approx. 40 hours work per week). The industrial placement must be relevant to the aims of the degree programme and may be lab or non-lab-based.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
In-course assessment:- 2 Short reports (approx 4 pages each) (5% each), Reflective essay (2000 words) (10%), Supervisor's assessment of performance (20%), Thesis (40%), Viva (15%), Poster presentation (5%).
Feedback as required from host supervisor, academic tutor and placement coordinator.
Short reports and essay are returned with written comments and verbal feedback provided if requested/required. Viva used as a way of disussing thesis and written feedback also given. Host supervisors, academic tutors and placement coordinator provide feedback (verbal and written) as necessary.