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Unit information: Cellular and Molecular Medicine Industrial Placement in 2021/22

Unit name Cellular and Molecular Medicine Industrial Placement
Unit code PANM20004
Credit points 120
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Nicholson
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of appropriate level I/5 units.



School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The placement will provide the student with experience of research in an industrial company (eg. pharmaceutical or biotech) or a research institute.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • gain experience of working in an industrial laboratory or a research institute
  • gain experience in designing and executing experiments, and in analysing research data
  • develop the communication and other transferable skills considered important by many employers.

Teaching Information

All teaching occurs at the placement. Students will work full-time (35-40 hours per week) on a placement under the management of a placement supervisor. The Unit Director will keep in regular contact with the student throughout the placement.

Assessment Information

The student will prepare a Project Report on the year’s work; this will be submitted to the Unit Director at the beginning of the final year. Students may also be asked to submit interim progress reports.

120 credit points will be awarded for the Unit provided that the student attends to the satisfaction of the Placement Supervisor and the Unit Director (except for good cause), completes and hands in a Project Report and any interim progress reports at the prescribed time, and attains a mark of at least 40% for the unit. The Report (8,000 words maximum, excluding figure legends and references) will be examined jointly by two assessors in the School and will be marked according to the criteria specified for Year 2 (Level 5/I).

The marks for Technical Ability and Industry and Initiative will be awarded by the Placement Supervisor; the others will be awarded jointly by the two assessors. The overall mark should be decided by the end of Teaching Block 1. These procedures are subject to the overall supervision of the School Board of Examiners including the External Examiner.

The marks allocated for the project will be as follows:

  • Technical Ability 5%
  • Industry and Initiative 10%
  • Abstract (250 words maximum) 5%
  • Introduction (2,000 words maximum) 30%
  • Materials and Methods 5%
  • Results 15%
  • Discussion 10%
  • Overall presentation 10%
  • Viva 10%


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.