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GG5913: SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

The aim of the Sustainability Project is to enable students to produce an independent and original piece of work that demonstrates advanced knowledge in a chosen aspect of sustainability transitions.  Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to identify, define and develop appropriate research questions, and collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data to address specific research aims using a range of standard and specialised techniques of enquiry. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Piotr Niewiadomski

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

In this course each student will be expected to produce an independent and original piece of research – either in the form of a conventional dissertation or in the form of a project report based on a project placement with one of our partner organisations/institutions (subject to availability). The contents of each dissertation/project report will be determined by the nature of the selected topic. While dissertation topics will be selected directly by students, project placements are developed by host organisations. In each case students will be expected to conduct a literature review, demonstrate a theoretical and conceptual understanding of the subject matter, identify and adopt appropriate methods for the chosen topic, and collect and interpret a sufficient amount of primary data to answer research questions. Specifications and requirements for dissertations and project reports will differ, although they will be the same in terms of difficulty and the required workload. Each project will be overseen by an academic supervisor from the beginning to the submission deadline. Each project placement will also have a host in addition to the academic supervisor. 

The main overarching aim of each dissertation/project report will be to address a real-world sustainability issue and produce a piece of work that contributes to our understanding of this issue and proposes policies and solutions how this issue should be addressed. In this respect the course will be an opportunity for each student to focus on an aspect of sustainability transitions that interests them the most and that they would like to enquire into more deeply – either for purely academic reasons or because of their future career plans. 


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

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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

Oral defence

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Learning Outcomes
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Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 85
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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