Global Sustainable Development (Dumfries campus) MA

Placement (International) DUMF3087P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Placement (International) offers a learning experience where students integrate into a work-based environment and complete either a specific and practical task for that organisation or undertake a number of projects. The course is designed to consolidate critical analytical skills and to develop reflective learning and communication skills. A key element of the course is the integration of placement-based learning and classroom-based disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives.


Placement: 8 weeks

Writing up: 4 weeks

Plus a number of workshops before and after the placement

Excluded Courses

Dissertation DUMF3007P, DUMF3023P

Placement DUMF3086P 


Final report 55%;

Reflective journal/Work-based journal 30%;

Initial report 15%.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which 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. 

Course Aims

The aims of the Placement (International) are for students:

1. To integrate into a work-based environment or, in the case of students already in employment, to assume a different role in a familiar environment.

2. To experience work-based structures, demands and rhythms.

3. To complete a negotiated project, or projects, relevant to the needs of the work setting and the degree designation.

4. To complete the project to the satisfaction of the work based supervisor.

5. To integrate the experiential learning of the placement with more traditional campus-based learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the Placement (International), students will be able to:

1. Negotiate and manage a project or projects.

2. Explain the relevance of the specific work-based experience to the wider environmental, social, health, educational or economic contexts.

3. Utilise a reflective journal/work-based journal to reflect on the nature of the work experience.

4. Critically discuss elements of the placement in relation to themes and issues of academic study relevant to the designated degree.

5. Write a report in a format appropriate to the nature of the project or projects.

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.