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Broadly defined, fieldwork is a descriptive term for the collection of data outside of a controlled laboratory setting. The practice and focus of fieldwork varies across disciplines but is mainly concentrated in the natural and social sciences such as biology, earth sciences, geology, anthropology and archaeology.

Why do fieldwork?

Fieldwork allows you to integrate theory and skills learned in the classroom or laboratory into real world environments. There are multiple benefits to participating in field work:

  • Learn or improve your data collection and analysis skills
  • Develop your observational and investigative skills
  • Work in teams to improve your communication, team work and problem solving skills
  • Experience social or cultural environments outside of your daily routine
  • Network as you collaborate with students, professors and community members from other institutions

Fieldwork at Western

Interested in taking a course with a fieldwork component? Check back regularly as new courses are added!

Already doing fieldwork? If you are a Western faculty member who is currently teaching a fieldwork course, please contact us so we can showcase your work and offer assistance with future collaborations!

Interested in fieldwork? Are you interested in designing a course that includes fieldwork? Contact us to discuss opportunities.


A practicum allows you to access different employment sectors and community environments with the express purpose of applying theoretical knowledge in a real-world setting. Practicum courses allow you to gain valuable experience under the supervision of professionals currently working in a field. You can bring your experience back into the classroom, as well as to future jobs in the sector.

Here are some Practicum opportunities offered at Western:

Western Continuing Studies

The following diplomas have a practicum component that ranges from 400 – 1300 hours:

For more information, visit Western Continuing Studies.


  • Bachelor & Diploma of Education Teaching Practicum
  • Transition to Professional Practice (T2P)

Information and Media Studies

  • Media in the Public Interest Practicum

Health Science

  • Health Studies
  • Audiology
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy


Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Social Science

  • Psychology - Undergraduate
  • Psychology - Graduate