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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;

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

May be done in the UK or internationally;

There's a requirement for close supervision and training through individual meetings and tuition with a supervisor;

May use new technology and research or commercial deliverables to enhance 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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Paul Hallett

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • MSc Soil Science (Studied)
  • 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

 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 to produce a detailed thesis reporting and discussing the main findings of the study . Main Learning Outcomes: How to manage time and resources in a research project. How 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 Soil Science or the MRes Soil Science programmes will be permitted to proceed to this course.


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Soil Science
  • MSc Soil Science

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


A traditional thesis will be submitted containing the following sections; title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion and references . 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

Students will meet regularly with their supervisor to discuss project development and progress. There will also be active participation in research group activities of the supervisor for university based projects.


Feedback will be provided as written comments on an electronic submission of the thesis.

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