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Course Overview

The aim of the course is to explore a topic within ecology, nature conservation or environmental sustainability through reading published material, synthesise the information and present this synthesis in an oral format; the latter concerns a formal presentation to peers and an oral examination. Upon completion of the course students will be able to: i) explain in detail a topic of study in ecology, conservation or environmental sustainability to peers; ii) demonstrate synthetic knowledge by answering questions about the topic in an oral exam; and iii) discuss the relevance of their topic to broader issues in ecology and environmental sustainability.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Rene Van Der Wal

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is an opportunity to carve out precious time for in-depth reading of an influential book in the realms of ecology, nature conservation or environmental sustainability, communicate its most salient aspects to peers, and learn from peers about other books that have influenced thinking in these domains.

A reading list is drawn up from which a book can be picked, but likewise you other suitable books can be selected. Most importantly: make sure to enjoy reading whatever book is selected! Whilst most of the time should be invested in reading and understanding the book, it is expected that there is study more widely (the extent to which being dependent upon the volume and calibre of the book); this could be reading critiques of the book or other highly relevant supplementary material

Associated Costs


Further Information & Notes


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

100% continuous assessment (divided as follow: oral presentation (50%), oral examination (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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