BMS3030 : Professional Placement Year

Semester 1 Credit Value: 60
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0


The Professional Placement year aims to provide students with the opportunity:

•       for personal development within a work environment
•       to contribute to the work of the organisation
•       to extend their knowledge and understanding of the sector of the life science industry and related areas
•       to extend their knowledge and understanding of the techniques and methods used
•       to enhance their knowledge of career options and help in the making of career choices
•       to develop appropriate attitudes in a professional work environment
•       to improve their portfolio of skills

Outline Of Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus as the placements will be provided by various industrial life science organisations and so each student experience will vary. All students will spend a minimum of 34 weeks working with the placement provider according to in-house guidelines and is unique to the specific placement. Most placements will be based within the commercial setting of the Life Science Industry.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning11200:001200:00Based on 34 - 48 working week year and 37.5h per week
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Skills will be learnt on-site throughout placement and will be dependent on nature of placement. An overview of a Life Science-related industry with relevant and specific skill sets as is appropriate will be gained. Professionalism, experience of team work and general work-related skills will be learnt whilst on placement. These skills closely mirror the learning outcomes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
ReportMA written report on the project and experience of the placement year. Maximum 3500 words.
Oral PresentationM10 minute presentation or 5 minute video or blog (up to 800 words) to current students giving an overview of the year experience.
ReportMSupervisor's Report - A series of documents logging progress and discussion completed throughout the year placement.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Both the report and oral/video/blog presentation will give the student the opportunity to reflect on their placement year and provide a record of their experiences. Student choose the most appropriate presentation modality for them. Both will encourage critical thinking about the project and company they have worked with. The report and presentation alongside the supervisory report must be satisfactory and achieve a pass in order for the student to remain on the ‘with Professional Placement’ version of the degree.

In order to pass BMS3030 candidates must achieve a mark of at least 40 in each of the three components of assessment (Report, Oral/Video/Blog Presentation and Supervisor Report). If the Report or Oral/Video/Blog Presentation is failed, they will have to be retaken and a pass mark obtained. However, no resit can be offered for the Supervisor Report. Thus, if the Supervisor Report is failed, this will constitute a fail for the entire module.

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