Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM085: Work Placement in Conflict, Security and Development

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor John Heathershaw (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


POLM085 is the second required module for the new MA Conflict, Security and Development programme. It is composed of six forms of structured activity: i) Preparatory session to prepare you for specific work placements /research projects; ii) Academic seminars focusing on (a) the actors in conflict, security and development, and (b) research methodologies for studying and assessing the nature of conflict, security and development and the effectiveness of international aid; iii) Policy- and practice-focused seminars with visiting speakers who are professionals in conflict, security and development in the UK and/or overseas; iv) A two-week (75-hour) FTE work placement/research project in the UK or overseas, either undertaken in block over Easter break (if outside of Exeter) or several hours per week (if in Exeter); v) Plenary, reporting and presentation sessions following completion of your work placement; and vi) Meetings with academic advisor before and after your work placement.

You will be assisted in finding placements at one of the international institutions, companies and NGOs with which the university has contact, or a placement with a relevant organization identified yourself.  Alternatively, research assistantships with Exeter academics working on a contemporary policy issue are available.  The university cannot guarantee you a particular placement or assistantship.  Students must be active from the outset in pursuing placement opportunities of your choice to give you the greatest chance of achieving your preference.


This module is only available to students on the MA Conflict Security and Development programme.

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