Health Professions Placements: For Students

Practice Placements are a core part of the Health Professions Courses. Placements take place throughout the four years of study, allowing students to put to practice the academic knowledge they have gained and learn from experienced practitioners.

Student wearing protective suitAll of our undergraduate courses offer placements. Course specific information on placements is provided in each course description.

Nursing and Midwifery

The following courses are made up of approximately 50% of clinical practice. Students undertake placements in a variety of settings. More information can be found on our pages for  Practice Education Nursing and Midwifery.

Other Health Professions

  • Nutrition BSc (Hons): There is a 12 week practical placement in year 4. Students undertake a work based project alongside a nutritionist in research, the food industry or a government agency. More information can be found on the Nutrition BSc (Hons) Placements Website.
  • Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons): Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons): You will undertake three placements, integrated in years 2, 3 and 4, totalling 1000 hours of practice.  Students are allocated to placements in NHS Health Boards throughout Scotland, and will work alongside Dietitians in hospitals and community practices. More information on placements can be found on the Scottish Cluster Dietetic Placements website.
  • Diagnostic Radiography BSc (Hons) - You will undertake 6 clinical placements which are spread across every year of the course. Students work in a range of radiography settings including major regional centres, district general hospitals, community settings and  specialist cross sectional imaging facilities.   
  • Occupational Therapy BSc Hons BSc (Hons) - The six practice education placements are in a variety of settings throughout Scotland.
  • Pharmacy MPharm- Clinical placements during your studies allow you to consolidate your practical skills and learn from experienced clinicians.
  • Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) - There are seven clinical placements, with the first one beginning at the end of year 1.
  • Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc - Students undertake six placements that are spread throughout the course.

Contact Us

Nursing and Midwifery Practice Placement Co-ordinator
Alison McLennan

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement Co-ordinator
Judith Bisset

Diagnostic Radiography Practice Placement Co-ordinator
Amy Wareing

Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Placement Co-ordinator
Heather Donald

Nutrition Practice Placement Co-ordinator 
Shauna Cunningham

Pharmacy Placement Co-ordinator
Alyson Brown

Physiotherapy Practice Placement Co-ordinator

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“Placements offer a great opportunity to see the scope of work for dieticians and how you can help such a wide range of patients. It also makes you feel more confident as you can see yourself improve over time as you get the opportunities to do so many different things.”

Emma Undergraduate

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