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Work Placement DUMF5104

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The work placement allows students to integrate knowledge gained from degree courses with work-based learning. Through a project agreed by the course leader and placement provider, the student will gain valuable industry experience, and will consolidate and develop skills of critical analysis, reflection, and communication.


Targeted workshops and preparatory sessions will run during Semesters 1 and 2. The Placement itself will run for approximately 8 weeks from June to July. Writing up period of 4 weeks in August. 

Requirements of Entry

A candidate will be permitted to undertake a work-placement, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if he or she has obtained an average aggregation score of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses described in Regulation 4 with at least 75% of the credits at Grade D3 or better and all credits at Grade F or above. Exceptionally, a candidate may be permitted to progress to the work-placement or other substantial independent work where the department judges that the candidate's performance offers a reasonable prospect of that candidate's reaching the standard required for the award of the Masters degree following reassessment.

Excluded Courses

DUMF5012 Tourism and Heritage Dissertation

DUMF5078 Dissertation


Work Placement Portfolio that must include:

■ A reflective report in the form of a public facing E-Portfolio reflecting on the impact of the Work Placement on the student' development of graduate attributes: 1500-2000 words (20%)

■ A placement report: 6500-7000 words (80%)

Course Aims

The principal aims of this work placement are to:

1. develop and complete a negotiated project or task(s) relevant to both the needs of the external placement provider and the degree requirements

2. apply the skills and knowledge gained during the degree in a work-based environment

3. reflect on the placement providers' organisational structure and the placement experience

4. communicate valuable educational and practical elements of this experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the work placement students will be able to:

1. negotiate and undertake work based tasks and industry related learning goals, as demonstrated in their final project.

2. relate elements of the work experience to academic themes and issues relevant to their degree programme, and apply the skills developed within the academic curriculum in a work-based environment.

3. critically analyse and reflect on their professional practice and work-based experience 

4. present a specified industry-related project in an appropriate format.  

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.