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Work Placement Year in Veterinary Biosciences VETSCI5019

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is the work placement year for integrated Masters (MSci) programme with work placement as part of the BSc[Hons]/MSci programme.


The placement year is taken after Year 3, and lasts between 10-12 months.

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to students in Year 4 of the School of Veterinary Medicine MSci Veterinary Biosciences degree programme.


Written project report (25%) and viva on placement (25%). A poster or other visual presentation describing the role of the organisation (12.5%) and critical review based dissertation (37.5%).

Course Aims

The course aims to provide experience of full-time employment in a research environment and experience of carrying out and reporting on extended scientific research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ carry out biological research in a work environment;

■ prepare a detailed scientific report on that research;

■ defend their research and interpretation of data in oral interview;

■ evaluate existing published scientific literature;

■ compose an appropriate review of existing primary literature on the chosen topic;

■ evaluate the role of the placement provider and design a poster to present and explain such to an audience of their peers.

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.