External Placements (all programmes)

KR: Any external placements must be subject to assessment against explicit and demanding criteria with universities retaining control and supervision of its students
  • Many chemical science programmes incorporate a placement either in industry or at university in a different country. For purposes of accreditation, placements need to be carefully selected on the basis of an agreed programme of work acceptable to both the home university and the external partner
  • Placements should be subject to assessment against explicit and demanding criteria and make an appropriate contribution to the final degree classification or grade
  • Industrial placements will usually involve both a major work-related assignment and elements of guided study when incorporated in integrated master's programmes
  • The guided study component would normally be broadly based in chemistry with content and level of learning outcomes comparable with respective studies at the university
  • Typically for a placement lasting one academic year, guided study would form around one quarter of learning activity/credit. Industrial partners should be made aware of the need for guided study and allow students to be released from work to complete their studies
  • Universities are encouraged to make best use of technology to ensure that students are provided with quality distance learning materials and can readily access support from the university
  • Placements at a university in a different country can follow a similar format to placements in industry although alternatively and possibly more commonly, students will study courses provided by the partner university. Such courses must be of a comparable level of outcome to those at the home university
  • Students returning to their home university after a placement must be suitably prepared to continue their chemical science studies at the appropriate level
  • The RSC recognises that some universities offer placement opportunities that extend the length of study normally associated with a degree programme. While these may be credit rated, they tend not to contribute to the final classification or grade of the degree awarded. Such programmes allow students to focus more on the placement experience and do not necessarily lend themselves towards a guided study component