Placement Report

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C102 Biological Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BSC B999 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBA99 Biomedical Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C523 Ecology and Environmental Biology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C113 Biotechnology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C202 Human Biology (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC099 Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Including Placement Year),
MSCIBA97 Tropical Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C513 Global Sustainability (including Placement Year),
BSC C558 Microbiology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This is a work-based module. Students will spend a year in an industrial workplace where they will learn directly from qualified industrial scientists. Students are given the opportunity to develop their practical skills across the range of biological, biomedical science and biochemistry disciplines, with the opportunity to gain advanced skills by specialising in a particular discipline.

Module aims

The aim of the industrial placement year is to provide an opportunity for students to develop their abilities by working in an industrial or other employment setting under supervision and to appreciate the opportunities and constraints of such work.

Module learning outcomes

To successfully complete the year, you will need to be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key industrial, professional and/or other workplace processes, responsibilities and directions.
2. Develop the intellectual & cognitive skills of undertaking a supervised project in an industrial or other workplace setting.
3. Develop appropriate practical skills including ability to use industrial or other workplace methods, techniques, equipment and processes.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of Health and Safety, and industrial procedures.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills of satisfactory competence in relevant industrial laboratory/ other workplace activities including those associated with effective teamwork, communication, quality control and quality assurance.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered by attending a suitable placement over a 9-12 month period which will normally commence in September/October. The placement will comprise hands-on learning in the workplace under the supervision of a workplace supervisor and the School Placement Officer. You will be expected to complete monthly progress reports and a log book which will be submitted to the Workplace Supervisor and the Placement Officer. As a placement student, you will be expected to do work that is required by the employer. To achieve this you may be required to follow specific training programmes provided by the workplace to equip you with the necessary skills. On your return to the School we will also ask you to participate in a presentation session for students on your course.


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   Industrial Placement Report      
Coursework   Industrial Placement Report      

Additional coursework information

The industrial placement is assessed on a pass/fail criteria only

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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Michael Hough, email:
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 5 hours, 5 (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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