Work Experience Modules

PDMU9AL – Work Experience Module

PDMU9AL is a full module which allows you to gain at least 30 hours of graduate-level work experience with a local charitable or voluntary organisation. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of classes encompassing areas such as reflective learning and presentation skills before writing a report on your placement experience, on which your entire final grade is based.

PDMU9AL involves 40 hours of work in all. 30 of these are spent on placement and 10 hours are spent in class sessions run by the Careers and Employability Service.

How is it assessed?

You are required to deliver a 7-minute presentation and complete three reflective journals charting your development over the course your placement. At the end of the module, you are asked to write a final report, in which you discuss and reflect on your placement experience.

What are the benefits?

You will gain a real-life knowledge and understanding of the modern workplace and develop a range of work-based skills that will be valuable when you come to apply for jobs after graduation, as well as an ability to reflect critically on your own learning and write detailed reports.

How do I register?

If you would like to apply for this module, you need to complete a PDMU9AL application form which is available to download here. It is important that you give a detailed account of why you feel you would like to undertake a particular placement and the skills/experience that you have to offer to it, as we will base your placement selection on the strength of your application.  

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Bats without Borders - Communications and Marketing Assistant

Bats without Borders - Education Assistant

Bats without Borders - Fundraising and Events Assistant

Beaconhurst School - Sports Assistant (Local school offers 3 sports placements in a variety of areas: wellness; coaching; scholarship programme for tennis, golf, triathlon; young development squad for swimming; sports conditioning study (run in conjunction with University staff); hockey

Forth Valley Disability Sport - Improving Forth Valley Disability Sport’s Fundraising

Lochend Chalets - 2 Placements

Smith Museum - 2 Placements

Stirling Council- Economic Development Assistant

Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils - Project Assistant (2 Posts)

Stirling Students Union - General Environmental Placement

Wild Scotland - Event Support


Students who have previously completed this module have undertaken placements involving:

Recruiting volunteers for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Website development for Money Advice Service, University of Stirling

Organising the recycling of laptops for schools in Malawi

Organising sports events for Central Athletics

Interviewing service users at Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled

Developing an online communication strategy for raising awareness of cancer at Stirling (and other) universities

What are my chances of being given my first choice placement?

This will depend partly on how many students apply for the same placement, and partly on how persuasive a case you make for yourself in your application form. We do, though, do our best to accommodate students’ wishes.

If my placement involves commuting to my chosen organisation, will I be paid travel expenses?   

This decision will be taken by your placement organisation, so we can’t offer any guarantees that this will be the case.

Do I need to complete a set number of hours per week during my placement?

Not necessarily – you can choose to spread the hours over a shorter period of time if your placement organisation is agreeable to this – the important thing is that you complete the 30 hours. You do need to give yourself enough time to reflect on your learning and development, though, which is an important element of the module. For this reason, many students choose to undertake 3 hours of placement activity per week over 10 weeks. 

Am I limited to gaining 30 hours of work experience?

No, if your placement organisation is agreeable, you can continue your placement for as long as you wish and many previous students have gone on to do this in the past.

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