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Course Overview

·        Independent research project that can cover any area of forestry: it may be computer, laboratory, greenhouse or field based;

·        The project provides a thorough training in managing all aspects of a research project from inception to delivery of a thesis in the format of a paper for an international scientific journal;

·        Projects can be based anywhere in the world and often are associated with on-going cutting-edge research by academic staff;

·        Collaboration with external organisations is encouraged to enable students to gain a greater range of experience.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Louise Page

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (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


·        Research project involving independent data collection and interpretation.

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

Further Information & Notes


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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management

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