Postgraduate Professional Skills
Life Sciences (School of)
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
16 February 2024
Requisites for this module
MSC C16112 Tropical Marine Biology,
MSC F71012 Marine Science and Sustainable Development,
MPHDC10K48 Biological Sciences,
PHD C10K48 Biological Sciences,
MPHDC16148 Tropical Marine Biology,
MPHDC16184 Tropical Marine Biology,
PHD C16148 Tropical Marine Biology,
PHD C16184 Tropical Marine Biology,
MSCIB097 Tropical Marine Biology,
MSCIBA97 Tropical Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBB97 Tropical Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad)
Transferrable professional skills are the most valuable assets of your postgraduate education. The ability to secure employment, and to plan, integrate and communicate in a multidisciplinary research. In the future funding landscape it will be important that you are able to work inter-disciplinarily across natural and social sciences and the ability to explain your science to policy makers and funding agencies holds the key to a successful career as a future researcher.
The aim of this module is:
- To equip you with an array of professional skills from utilising modern learning environments to building a portfolio of professional skills that assist with finding employment along various career paths after postgraduate education.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Evaluate the issues involved in designing and executing a research programme, within the specific context of field-based, laboratory-based and desk-based research.
- Articulate and communicate research findings in various formats to varying audiences.
- Take a critical approach to personal development planning for their career in the context of the graduate labour market.
- Recognise personal and professional skills that will enhance employability, and research opportunities for skills development available to them during their university career.
- Demonstrate competence in job application skills, including CV and cover letter writing and the interview process.
Skills for your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
- To meet alumni of the MSc Tropical Marine Biology course and start building a professional network.
Students will build a portfolio of professional skills that assist with finding employment along various career paths after postgraduate education. A combination of seminars and workshops is provided to include CV and application clinics, facilitate expedition planning, introduce health-and safety aspects of practical work, and increase numeracy skills.
This module will be delivered via:
A combination of seminars and workshops is provided to include CV and application clinics, facilitate expedition planning, and introduce health-and safety aspects of practical work.
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
|Vodcast or Narrated Powerpoint
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christopher Mackin, email: email@example.com.
Dr Chris Mackin, Dr Michelle Taylor, Tutors
School Graduate Office, email: bsgradtaught (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create a full email address)
Dr Sebastian Hennige
Available via Moodle
Of 55 hours, 43 (78.2%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
10 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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