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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

Provides 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 environmental science, and may be computer, laboratory, greenhouse, or field based;

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 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Graeme Paton

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Course Description

Research and investigation project involving (where applicable) project planning, experimental design, sampling design, independent data collection, modelling and interpretation.

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments


1st Attempt: The Environmental Science Research & Investigation project write-up will be in the style of a thesis. The field/laboratory notebook will also be submitted to ensure 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.

Resit: Resubmission of failed individual elements of continuous assessment


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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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