Module FXX-9001:
European placement for 1 year

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

120 Credits or 60 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Martina Lahmann

Overall aims and purpose

This module formalises the European placement. The placement gives the student the opportunity to experience working in a laboratory in Europe, working on one or several projects. It also gives the student experience of writing up a larger project and describing their work in an oral presentation.

Course content

This module involves the student in going on an European placement visit for one year which is assessed by the placement supervisor and the students tutor and another member of academic staff.

Course Team: Dr M Lahmann, BU Placement Supervisor

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING- None RECOMMENDED - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS The student will be placed in Europe and will need to make arrangements for accommodation/travel.

Assessment Criteria


Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; laboratory experiments are usually carried out with reasonable success though significance and limitations of experimental data and/or observations may not be fully recognised; transferable skills are at a basic level.


Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Laboratory work is carried out in a reliable and efficient manner, with a good appreciation of data analysis shown in write-ups. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.


Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem. Laboratory work are exemplary and show a thorough analysis and appraisal of experimental results, with appropriate suggestions for improvement. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student should be able to work on a European project.
  2. The student should be able to learn a wide range of experimental and theoretical techniques associated with the project.
  3. The student should also learn to write a report on the project.
  4. The student should be able to make an oral presentation on the project.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
European Supervisors Report/Questionnaire 40
Student Report on European placement 30
Revision coursework 10
Oral Presentation at Company 10
Oral exam based on report 10

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Work-based learning

This module involves the student spending between 9 months and a year in a European University and/or European Company, performing a wide range of tasks. While abroad, the student will work on coursework revision, and has to write up a project report towards the end of the stay. An oral presentation on the research project might be expected by the host supervisor but has to be produced for the assessment committee as soon as possible after return.


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: