Master of Science Placement Based Learning


The Industrial/ Research placement forms a fundamental part of the students’ education and training for the MSci programme. It is important to take into account not only the students general behaviour and attitude on the placement but also their ability to act independently and as part of a team. This module is designed to both complement and extend the academic course and allows the students to accept responsibility for their own personal and professional development, learning & training according to the Abertay attributes.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: a structured placement in an industrial and/or research laboratory under the guidance of designated internal and external supervisors to provide them with an opportunity to develop their professional skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Evaluate the range and level of communications skills required in an industrial and/or research work setting

2.  Demonstrate the ability to operate efficiently, responsibly and safely, in the work place setting

3.  Demonstrate and apply specific knowledge and skills appropriate to the relevant work environment

4.  Critically evaluate the structure, functional roles and responsibilities of the particular setting

5.  Critically understand the need for sustained commitment to learning and adapting to a changing work environment through self-reflection and assessment

Indicative Content

1 Placement (Structure)

Students obtain a placement in either an industrial or academic setting under the supervision of a placement (academic (in house placements) or industrial (outside placements) supervisor and an academic supervisors. The student is responsible for securing the placement with the support of the programme team and the professional support services. The division of science will offer a number of placements.

2 Placement (Management)

In addition to regular supervision at the placement setting by the placement supervisor the student will also remain in close contact with a designated academic member of staff and will be visited at least once during their placement by the latter.

3 Placement (Debriefing)

At the end of the placement students will be given a debriefing which will enable them to transfer their learning experience back into the university-based setting and for consideration for future learning

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Students gain work based learning (WBL) experience through working in a professional environment. The work based element (for this module) is expected to last for ~20 weeks. The module will normally run concurrently with SCN503. The students will be assessed on their performance during the placement. The assessment on the module will be composed of 2 parts: 1) A placement report from the supervisors 2) Placement portfolio

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 250
Unsupervised Practical Activity 100
Assessment 50
Independent 0

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.