Work-based Placements with Health and Development Sector Organisations

Category: Global Health,
Institution:University of Aberdeen
Country: UK
Region: Europe
Language: English
Audience: Masters Students,


Overall goals of the course

This course offers students professional placements with public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations and government agencies. The placements are subject to availability and offered on a competitive basis. The course enhances students’ employability through engagement in a competitive application process; by applying academic skills in work-based environments; by developing communication and networking skills; through acquiring knowledge and understanding of health-related organisations; and by preparing and delivering a workplace report appropriate to the host organisation’s style. Students gain a unique practical experience, a ‘real-world’ practical relevance to their work, a range of transferrable skills, professional connections and a stand-out CV.

Learning objectives

Students are allocated two supervisors, one based in the University and one in the external organisation. Supervisors provide overall guidance and where appropriate fieldwork sites. Supervisors meet with students regularly during the course to provide support and guidance. At the end of the course, students will be able to: • Demonstrate employability skills via successful completion of a competitive application process;• Demonstrate insight into a particular health and/or development sector organisation as it is situated within the broader context of public, civic, voluntary, development sector organisations and government agencies;• Demonstrate experience of putting academic theory into practice in a working environment;• Demonstrate the development of transferable skills;• Produce and present a Workplace Report appropriate to the host organisation’s style and prepare a personal account of the work undertaken that reflects on the process and the skills and experience gained.Students will undertake work with host organisation either based at university or within organisation as appropriate 1 day/week. Classroom facilities with web conferencing will be available every Tuesday and Thursday morning for this purpose. Students will be appointed a supervisor based in the organisation, and an academic supervisor from the University. Students are expected to arrange their time and activities, including monthly meetings with supervisors for support and guidance.

Teaching formats

Student Directed Projects/Field Work/Field Trips

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