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Course Overview

The three-month individual Research Project can cover any area of soil 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 Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Paul Hallett

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

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

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 soil 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

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.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week8

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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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