Work placement based Dissertation

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Learners will undertake a supervised research-based project, building on skills and knowledge previously acquired with participating organisations in a work placement for a maximum duration of 280 hours. In addition to attendance at a mandatory work placement workshop, weekly postings when on placement, a 10,000 word dissertation, scholarly or creative, based on the agreed upon project undertaken during the placement is to be submitted at the end of the course.  The dissertation will be presented in writing in conformity with established referencing and bibliographic conventions.


This module is assessed as follows:

Assessment (pass or fail only) 1: This exercise is designed to enhance student’s awareness of the skills they have gained, and offer an opportunity for them to demonstrate this by producing a two-page guide to how to prepare the ideal CV for their placement. 

Assessment 2: (pass or fail only) The student discussion board is a vital way for placement students to remain in contact with each other and with tutors, and to exchange experiences.  Students will be expected to post on the board once a week (no less than 250, no more than 500 words).  The assessment for this component will be based on the quality of engagement with other students, reflections on the project including project processes, questions and findings. A prompt that will be published every week; students must make one post for every week of their placement in order to complete this segment. 

Assessment 3: (20%) The return day presentation is a chance for students to showcase some of the highlights of their experience to date.  It can take the form of self-reflection, especially in the context of how their initial expectations of their role changed in light of real experience.  Reflection on what kinds of skills gained, and how they relate to the degree will be of significance.  An alternative form of assessment for the return day presentation, is a presentation to tutor(s) to replace the return presentation day.  This is only available when the presentation day is missed and mitigating circumstances are accepted. This should be pre-arranged and agreed with the module organiser. 

Assessment 4: (80%) The dissertation project (10k words). This should conform all the usual requirements of a dissertation submitted within Humanities.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • an in-depth knowledge and engagement with their project, informed by current practice, scholarship and research, including a critical awareness of current and relevant issues and developments in the subject and the profession.
  • the ability to apply research to professional situations, both practical, theoretical and creative
  • the ability to use a range of techniques and research methods, critical and/or creative, applicable to their professional activities.
  • to construct a reasoned defence of an interpretation of an event or aspect of social, cultural or literary history or aesthetic that is relevant to the project


  • The ability to formulate and ask good research questions
  • The ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence (or paucity) of scholarly data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • To demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • The ability to write effectively, critically or creatively, synthesising information from a range of sources and also make clear the derivation of ideas and information by proper methods of attribution where appropriate.
  • The ability to take initiative and responsibility, solving problems in creative and innovative ways, and making decisions in challenging situations
  • The ability to continue to learn independently and to develop professionally


To isolate and agree a project that enables the application of skills acquired in academic study to the work placement, including  the demonstration of advanced competencies in of a range of research processes, skills and theories that have been acquired from the foundational 120 credits of academic study in preceding semesters. (The project based placement is agreed-upon between all participating stakeholders: student, employing organisation and supervisor. Students should apply the skills acquired in academic & writing studies to their chosen area of research, normally making use of primary materials in constructing an original piece of work, scholarly or creative, demonstrating the ability to work independently under supervision.)


Dr Gail Low


Teaching is entirely by independent study and work placement. Students will be allocated a supervisor with relevant expertise. Supervisors will hold 3 timetabled meetings with the student and will be available for consultation. A record of supervisory meetings will also be logged.