Professional Placement for Environmental Scientists and Physical Geographers


This module provides students with the opportunity to develop professional or skills through the application of the academic and practical skills attained on campus to the work place. Through a placement scheme students will work for an organisation learning a) the day to day responsibilities of working in that job through shadowing b) practical experience of being involved in a project and c) the correct way to disseminate their results to the appropriate persons within the organisation.

This will provide the basis for critical reflection on the links between theory as learnt at university and practice in a work situation. In addition students will gain valuable experience of work outside the university through their placements that will help equip them for their future careers. Students will also undertake a number of workshops that will enable them to develop their career development skills.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Critically apply their intellectual knowledge and skills wihin the work place
  • Critically evaluate real life case studies in the context of broader academic debates
  • Present findings for non-academic audiences
  • Reflect on their own skills and recognise opportunities for skills development in relation to careers
  • Develop skills associated with student-centred learning and develop learner independence


  • 4500 word report
  • Presentation

Key skills

  • Experience of being in a work environment
  • Experience of being out of your comfort zone and the "student bubble"
  • Independent working and organisational skills
  • Seeing theory in practice
  • Chance to develop research skills
  • Producing material in a report style
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills