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Course Overview

The three-month individual Research Project can cover any area of environmental science and is undertaken under the supervision of a member of staff who is an expert in your chosen field.  Many projects are also done in collaboration with an external organisation. The project provides opportunities for you to develop your abilities and skills, generate hypotheses and design ways of testing them and to analyse, report and discuss your findings. You will learn to take responsibility for implementing your own plans and modifying them as necessary. The project is written up in the form of a scientific paper manuscript.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either MRes Environmental Science (Studied) or MSc Environmental Science (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

  • Independent research project that can cover any area of environmental science, and which may be field, computer, laboratory or greenhouse based;
  • Provides a thorough training in managing all aspects of a research project from inception to delivery of a thesis in the format of a manuscript for an international scientific journal;
  • Projects can be based anywhere in the world and are often associated with current cutting-edge research by academic staff;
  • Collaboration with external organisations is encouraged to enable students to gain a greater range of experience and contacts.


Further Information & Notes



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 courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

100 % continuous assessment based on mark for performance during project (10%) and the paper manuscript (90%).

Formative Assessment

Students gain feedback through discussion with their project supervisor throughout the project. The supervisor also provides comments on one draft version of the paper manuscript (except for the Discussion).


Written feedback on performance from the project supervisor.

Written feedback on the paper manuscript from the project supervisor and a second marker.

Course Learning Outcomes


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