Sandwich Year Assessment - BIOS7970

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 6 120 (60) checkmark-circle


A placement typically is a 9-12 month internship with a commercial or public sector or charity organisation which provides opportunities for the student to develop graduate level subject-specific and generic employability skills. Choice of placement by student will be guided and facilitated at UoK with the learning outcomes listed above in mind. It is requested by UoK that the student be closely guided in work (usually with a named supervisor) involving specialist training. Placements are expected to have a scientific research focus and incorporate a project element that may be written up as a scientific report, however, the specific type of work undertaken may vary significantly from placement to placement. The research project should occupy not less than thirty percent of the sandwich year.


Contact hours

Students will spend between 9-12 months working at the organisation hosting their placement.

Method of assessment

Supervisor performance (30%)
Written report – max 6000 words (50%)
Oral presentation – 10-15 minutes (20%)

Indicative reading

Research papers, reports, technical etc. Literature relevant to the work placement and associated project(s).

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an awareness of the application of, and ability to apply, degree level scientific knowledge to the workplace.
Record, analyse and interpret data, and use graphical and statistical methods for presentation, in accordance with scientific convention.
Perform an independent research project, under supervision, which enhances existing practical and/or theoretical scientific knowledge and skills.
Structure, develop and defend complex scientific arguments by understanding and applying expanding knowledge base and critically appraising own and published work.
Develop ability to present and communicate scientific work in various formats.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Apply their developing scientific knowledge productively for understanding their work.
Make informed and effective use of available resources (e.g. information technology, library) in acquiring, analysing, managing and presenting data, information and knowledge necessary for the planning and execution of work/study activities.
Understand the notion of professional ethics and responsibilities.
Understand the role of the individual within an organisation.
Appreciate and evaluate both individual and teamwork contributions to work place activities and projects through work experience.
Work effectively independently and within a team developing planning, organisational time management, communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
Exploit feedback from peers, supervisors and colleagues to enhance any or all aspects of performance.
Demonstrate an awareness of career opportunities for bioscience graduates, and an appreciation of the wider application of degree studies, and hence be in a position to make better informed judgements about career plans and the role of further post-graduate training.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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