Earth and Environmental Futures Work Placement GEOG5119

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to provide appropriate experience of the working environment of a non-governmental organisation, industry or statutory body in the community and/or environmental sector. This will allow an insight into the missions and functions of the organisation and workplace structures, and the opportunity to meet practitioners and develop practical skills and experience.


2 taught sessions of 2 hours as scheduled on MyCampus, plus additional supervision meetings with academic staff and placement hosts as required. 20 days of flexible placement across Semester 1 and 2, by arrangement with the placement provider.

Requirements of Entry

Normally entry to either Earth Futures or Environmental Futures MSc programme

Excluded Courses





Work Diary and Portfolio based on 20 days activity (60%)

Project Placement Presentation (30%)

Employers Report (10%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Presentation and Employers Report cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide high quality project-based work experience within an environmental or social organisation (non-governmental organisation, industry or statutory body).

■ Promote the acquisition of specialist, conceptual and transferable skills.

■ Provide an opportunity to put into practice some of the knowledge and skills gained during the programme.

■ Develop skills that may be an advantage in preparing for a wide range of employment, for instance time management, independent learning and problem solving, project evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Apply relevant knowledge to the practical aspects of the work of the placement organisation;

■ Analyse their role within the placement organisation and how it relates to the wider context of the placement organisation, and responses to social and environmental change;

■ Evaluate the key aims, strategies and professional practices of the placement organisation in relation to wider professional practice in response to the management of and response to social and environmental change, including relevant national and international policy, strategy and funding issues;

■ Critically reflect on their work as an individual and as a team member and evaluate their skills in listening and responding perceptively to others;

■ Evaluate acquired knowledge and skills and their application to future employment opportunities.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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