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GL5507: RESEARCH PROJECT (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

A substantial research project is a key element of the MGeol programme which gives students the opportunity to tackle a piece of original earth science that is supported by structured tutorial sessions. The project can be drawn from any area of geoscience relevant to the central theme of sedimentary basins subject to the availability of data and advisor expertise. At the end of the project you will prepare a technical report, a short public-facing account of your findings and give an illustrated oral presentation. Project work is highly valued by employers and recruiters as indicators of independence and endeavour.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Robert Butler

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 5

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?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The project content will be decided in collaboration with a named supervisor within the Department of Geology & Petroleum Geology. The topic chosen will be consistent with the options taken at level 4.

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: Submission of 5,000 word technical report (70%); Oral Presentation (10%); Submission of a 'popular' science article (20%).

Formative Assessment

Supervisory meetings will take place weekly during the period of the project.

Approximately half-way through the project, an interim report showing progress to date will be submitted.


Via supervisory meetings. At least one supervisory meeting per week will take place at which the student will be expected to attend.

Course Learning Outcomes


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