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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor G Paton

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

  • MRes Environmental Science
  • Either () or ()
  • 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

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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