Marine Science Work Placement

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
16 February 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC F71012 Marine Science and Sustainable Development

Module description

In this module, students are given the opportunity to experience working with an organisation on policies for the sustainable development of marine resources.

In consultation with the module supervisor, you may choose one of our existing placements or pro-actively engage with a wide range of possible providers, for example, from industry, government, NGOs, conservation bodies, or charitable trusts. A member of academic staff will provide guidance and your placement can range from mostly remote activities to in-person interaction for up to 12-weeks duration.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide a vocational experience in an organisation involved with identifying need, gathering information, drafting, consulting and review of policies for the sustainable development of marine resources.

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate competence in approaching a range of organisations (e.g. industry, government, NGOs, conservation bodies, or charitable trusts) to obtain a placement (written and/or oral experience related to selling yourself and your key skills).

  2. Gain work-based learning experience and key skills in a work placement of up to 12 weeks (skills gained will vary greatly depending on specific placement).

  3. Demonstrate training and experience in the formulation of research ideas and in designing a research project.

  4. Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to write a report and development of a range of skills including information acquisition, self-learning, writing of a literature review, elevator pitch/oral presentation and poster presentation of scientific results and scientific meeting organisation.

  6. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts of marine science (irrespective of disciplinary background), and be able to integrate cross-disciplinary analyses of related issues.

Module information

Depending on your choice, the placement may incur additional costs to you in order to cover travel to and living costs at the location of your placement. As well as obtaining vocational experience, you will disseminate the results of the experience in an outward-facing report and presentation.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Meeting with module supervisor in autumn term to discuss placement opportunities.
  • Meeting with placement provider in autumn or spring terms to inform planning the placement and preparation of coursework.
  • Placement activities including vocational training of up to 12 weeks during the summer term.
  • Ten hours of seminars.
  • Ten hours of drop-in sessions.

To support the work-based learning, students will participate in seminars that cover the planning of the placement, health-and-safety aspects of your work and initial engagement with the placement provider.

The drop-in sessions will be used to monitor progress with the Essex supervisor.


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   Information/Literature Review  20/02/2024   
Coursework   Placement Proposal and Risk Assessment  15/03/2024   
Coursework   Final Placement Report  11/09/2024   
Practical   Student Conference Oral Presentation  25/06/2024   

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

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Philippe Laissue, email:
Dr Philippe Laissue



External examiner

Dr Sebastian Hennige
Available via Moodle
Of 4 hours, 4 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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