Work Placements at the Marine Laboratory

March 6, 2019 by 1 Comment | Category Marine Directorate general, Marine Directorate Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths_STEM

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Marine Scotland regularly host work experience placements for pupils from across Scotland. In February, two pupils from two schools in Aberdeenshire spent time learning about some of the work in the laboratory.

They got to meet with Marine Scotland staff working in teams from the: Fish Health Inspectorate, Engineering, FisheriesRenewables, Zooplankton, Disease Diagnostics, Genetics, Environmental chemistry and Sensory Assessment  and they got to meet with the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Marine, Professor Colin Moffat.

At the end of the week they were interviewed about their experience.

  • What subjects are you studying? S3 Biology, Chemistry, PE, French, Maths and English.
  • What is your favourite subject at school and why? Biology, because I like learning how the body works. Also PE because I love fitness and moving around constantly. I love outdoors and being healthy.
  • What was it that made  you want to come to the Marine Laboratory? I wanted to come the Marine Laboratory because I love marine life and was really interested in the placement because there is so many different jobs inside marine biology.
  • What sort of things did you get to do in your placement? We got to go into lots of the laboratories, we also got to see the aquarium, engineering workshop. All sorts.
  • What did you enjoy the most? I enjoyed zooplankton and I enjoyed environmental  chemistry  with Eric as he was very interesting, and Colin Moffat as well.
  • What was the most interesting new fact you discovered during your placement? One thing that I found interesting during the placement was how many jobs are available through marine biology.
  • Do you have any final thoughts? It was a very good placement and I would love to pursue a career here one day if I follow that path.


  • What subjects are you studying? S4 Biology, Chemistry, PE, Maths, Applications of Maths, English and Modern Studies.
  • What is your favourite subject at school and why? Biology: Because I am interest in everything that is in it.
  • What was it that made  you want to come to the Marine Laboratory? I am in interested in becoming a marine biologist.
  • What sort of things did you get to do in your placement? We got to do many different things from licensing to working in the lab learning about all that is done here.
  • What did you enjoy the most? Genetics as it is something I want to do.

Demand for work experience placements at Marine Scotland Marine and Freshwater laboratories is high and, unfortunately, not all requests can be accommodated.  However, if you would like more information about possible school term-time work experience placements, please contact  MSS Work Placements.

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  • Arpita Chattopadhyay says:

    Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    I was wondering if there are year-in-industry placement opportunities for the year 2024 to 2025 for university students and if so when are the applications opening.
    Thank you for your time.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Arpita Chattopadhyay

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