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Course Overview

The geological research project is an individual research project. It is taken by students on a joint geology program, and exceptionally by geology-students. Multidisciplinarity and crossdisciplinarity are encouraged so that students can play to their strengths and interests, but the project is assessed on geological merit.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Stephen Bowden

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Geology And Petroleum Geology (GL) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL4520 Geological Research Project (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is an independent laboratory based investigation with no specific syllabus of lecture or practical classes. The course requires students to integrate previous knowledge and skills gained during geological course-work in to a coherent self-learning package chosen to satisfy the interests of individual students. In essence, it is the culmination of the degree course allowing the student to carry out self-directed research.

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

1st Attempt: 1) SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION: Outline of the intended project.(10%) 2) WRITTEN REPORT: (80%) in the form of a "Short" to the Journal of the Geological Society of London. 3) SEMINAR: Peer assessed (cross subject) and by a panel of staff members. (10%)

Formative Assessment

The application and outline must be submitted prior to commencing project work. Feedback is given on the practicailities and structure of the programme of work. The student must keep an accurate laboratory notebook documenting the time spent and outcomes of their investigations.


On an individual basis via project supervisor. "Random Inspection" of laboratory notebook.

Course Learning Outcomes


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