Preparing for your Professional Placement (Provisional)

The details
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
19 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA V356PP Curating with Professional Placement

Module description

This full-year module prepares students who will undertake a professional placement towards the end of their first year.

Students are responsible for securing the placement, and this module is part of the support arrangement. It is a zero-credit module. However, completion is compulsory for those wanting to undertake a placement.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To enable students to develop their CV and speculative application letters for a professional placement.

  • To put the steps in place to go on a professional placement and to secure that placement.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to:

  1. Be well-prepared to apply for professional placements.

  2. Be well-equipped to make the most out of the professional placement

Module information

This module will help students prepare for a professional placement and lead them through the steps involved in developing their cv, putting together application letters and securing their placement/s.


  • Introduction Meeting (1 hour) - Work Based Learning Manager and Module Supervisor (Week 2)
    Structure, fees, expectations, responsibilities, resources available, questions and concerns

  • CV and letter writing workshop (1 hour) Work Based Learning Manager (Week 4)

  • Assessment - submit CV and letter/s (Week 5)

  • Check in meeting (1 hour) - Work Based Learning Manager and Module Supervisor
    Feedback on CV and letters, good practice, finding a placement, choices and options, coordinated approach etc. (Week 6)

  • Check in (1 hour) - Module Supervisor - Progress and options, arrangements (Week 10)

  • Check in Meeting (1 hour) -Work Based Learning Manager - What happens next? Have or haven't got a placement. (Week 17)

  • Informal check ins throughout spring term on progress with finding placement/s

Learning and teaching methods

This is a non-standard module, which combines a range of timetabled meetings with a workshop.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   CV & Application Letter    0% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr William Carruthers, email:
Lauren Lewis
PHAIS Postgraduate Queries:



External examiner

Dr Daniel James Rycroft
University of East Anglia
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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