Industrial Placement Experience - MAST7805

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Year 7 120 (60) Peter McQuire checkmark-circle


Students spend a period of time doing paid work in an organisation outside the University, usually in an industrial or commercial environment, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their MSc programme.

The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided by the SMSAS Placement Officer or a member of the academic team. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which support and guidance is provided through the School in the year leading up to the placement. It is also dependent on satisfactory achievement in their academic studies.

Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without Industrial Placement.


Contact hours

Placement at employer: 1200 hours
Total study hours: 1200 hours

Method of assessment

Each of the following three components is assessed on a pass / fail basis. Each component must be passed to pass the module.
Employer Evaluation - Two forms completed by supervisor with review meeting lasting no more than half a day
Reviews and End of Year Development Plan -Two CPD Reviews and a Development Plan, each of approx. 2-3 pages
On-line Blogs - Weekly blogs during first month, monthly thereafter, each consisting of 400-700 words

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
A variety of subject-specific learning outcomes will be consolidated and extended but the particular set will vary between industrial placements.
1 Application of subject-specific skills relating to the programme of study (Mathematics, Statistics, Statistics with Finance or Applied Actuarial Science as appropriate) in a professional context.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
2 demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
3 continue to advance their knowledge and understanding/appreciate the importance of continued professional development as part of lifelong learning
4 plan and work independently and use relevant resources in a manner that reflects good practice
5 manage their own learning and development, including time management and organisational skills
6 work effectively as a member of a team
7 demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills gained through academic study in a working environment


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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