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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Provides thorough training in managing all aspects of a research project from inception to delivery of a thesis in the format of a scientific manuscript, technical note or consultancy report;

It is an independent research project that can cover any area of environmental science, and which may be computer, laboratory, greenhouse, partner company or field based;

It may be done in the UK or internationally and requires close supervision and training through individual meetings and tuition with supervisor;

May use new technology and research or commercial deliverables to enhance the learning experience and skill base of the student.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Graeme Paton
  • Dr Gareth Norton

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of MRes Environmental Science (Studied) or MSc Soil Science (Studied) or MSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BI5301 Environmental Pollution (Studied) or EV5506 Advanced Remote Sensing & GIS in the Environment (Studied) or SS5008 Global Soil Geography (Studied)

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

Course Aims: To demonstrate critical thinking within a selected research subject To collect, manage and interpret empirical and/or modelled data To write in a scientific manner similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications Main Learning Outcomes: How to manage time and resources in a research project To review scientific literature How to link project data to scientific literature findings To interpret data and present it in a valid and critical manner To develop a critical appraisal of a research project and place this in a scientific context To demonstrate written and oral communication as a research scientist To maintain a laboratory or field notebook Content: Research project involving independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

Further Information & Notes

Students who have passed the taught components on the MSc Environmental Science programme will be permitted to proceed to this course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Environmental Science
  • MSc Environmental Science

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


The thesis will be in the style of manuscript for an agreed academic journal reflecting the particular discipline of the research project conducted. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to make sure that the data are original and collected by the student. Marks are awarded both on account of the quality of the research performed, on the data analysis carried out, as well as the presentation and interpretation of the results. There are two internal University markers, one of them being the project supervisor.

Formative Assessment




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