Dissertation option 4: Placement with Dissertation (019P3)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

You go on a 12-week work placement with an organisation working in a field relevant to the degree programme (normally undertaken from May-July after assessments on other courses are completed).

You can either identify your own placement, or apply for one held on a database of placement opportunities at School level, where more than 40 potential placement opportunities have already been identified.

We will work with alumni, research networks and external research users to provide as wide a choice as possible. In each case, a detailed work plan will be agreed between yourself, your supervisor and placement provider that is relevant to the programme and of value both in terms of your learning experience, and the external organisation's wider objectives. The placement should provide insight into the organisation's work, and include work on a defined project with agreed objectives and outcomes.

Where appropriate, permission may be granted for the placement to take place during 8-10 hours per week across the year, if the organisation is locally-based and working hours can be agreed.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 358 hours of contact time and about 242 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.