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Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 18:28

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;

It is an independent research project that can cover any area of environmental management, 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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gareth Norton

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Master Of Science In Environmental Management (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

This project course will allow students to select a specific area in which to conduct a research project. The projects are varied and can be desk based, lab based, field based or a combination of these project types. The aim of this course is to allow students to demonstrate critical thinking and research skills within their selected research subject. It allows them to collect, manage and interpret empirical, and/or modelled data and gain skills in writing a scientific manuscript, similar to that required by peer-reviewed publications.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Master Of Science In Environmental Management

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


The thesis will be in a written in a scientific journal format. 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.

Formative Assessment

Formative feedback will be by regular meetings with project supervisor. Additionally written feedback will be given on a draft of the write up (excluding discussion).


Formative feedback is provided during meetings with supervisor, and a draft of the thesis.  Written summative feedback is provided to individual students on the final thesis.

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