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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

The course will provide the students with valuable skills required in developing their research and general study skills, essential for their progression during the MSc programme, as well as to the rest of their academic and professional careers. The course introduces basic statistical analysis, teaches data handling skills and exposes students to literature searching and reference styles. During the course, students will get experience in handling real-life, large data sets and will work together with the lecturer and demonstrators in analysing the data and presenting the results.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Vasilis Louca

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of MRes Environmental Science or MRes Soil Science or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Environmental Microbiology or MSc Forestry (Taught) or Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management or MSc Soil Science or MSc Environmental Science or MSci Biological Sciences or BSc Environmental Science

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EV5005 Research Skills for Environmental Sciences (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The main aim of this course is to enable students coming from a range of backgrounds and studying environmental science, ecology, soil science and forestry the opportunity to enhance their core skills related to literature searches, critical reading of literature, processing data, statistical analysis of data, and to make the link between data collection and analysis, and interpreting statistical analysis to draw conclusions that address a research question.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Environmental Science
  • MRes Soil Science
  • MSc Environmental Science
  • MSc Soil Science

Contact Teaching Time

65 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1 written assessment (75%)

3 online quizzes (25%)

Resit assessment: As described in the MSc programme handbook

Formative Assessment

A range of formative exercises will be available throughout the course.


Timely feedback will be provided on both formative and summative assessments.

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