Module details for Master of Science Placement Based Learning


The Industrial/ Research placement forms a fundamental part of the students’ education within the MSci programme. This takes into account the students’ competencies, behaviour, and attitude exhibited on the placement including their ability to act independently as well as operate as part of a team; and to critically evaluate requirements and performance in an organisational context. Reflection on student performance and development


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : a placement in an industrial and/or research setting under the guidance of designated supervisor(s) 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.  Demonstrate the ability to operate professionally, efficiently, responsibly and safely, in the workplace setting

2.  Develop and apply specific knowledge and skills appropriate to the relevant work environment

3.  Evaluate factors influencing work operations e.g. the range of stakeholders, drivers for change and innovation.

4.  Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills

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

6.  Through self-reflection and assessment demonstrate the need for sustained commitment to learning as well as an ability to respond to a changing work environment

Indicative Content

1 Relevant, modern science and technology.

Students obtain a position in either an industrial or academic setting under appropriate local supervision. Positions conducted in an industrial setting will additionally be supported by an academic supervisor. The University will offer a number of positions. The MSci stage comprises a placement and a project modules. These may be conducted together or separately. Students are expected to work full time across the placement and project components of the stage. Appropriate technical training will be provided.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 450
Assessment 50
Independent 94
Total 600

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.