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Course Overview

The Honours dissertation provides students with the opportunity to produce a piece of independent and original research on an approved topic.  Advanced level knowledge of a sub-area of the discipline is developed through independent study supervised by a member of academic staff.  This course is compulsory for any students completing a single Honours degree in Geography and for any joint Honours student who has not registered to complete a dissertation in their other Honours subject.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lorna Philip

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of GG3052 Approaches to Earth and Environmental Science (Passed) or GG3564 Research Design and Methods (Passed) or GG3566 Research Design and Methods (Joint Programmes) (Passed) or GG3571 Research Design (Passed) or GG3572 Research Design (Passed) or GG3573 Research Design (Passed) or GG3574 Research Design (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GG4038 Dissertation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Personal research on a specialist subject of the student's choice.

Further Information & Notes

Students must obtain formal ethical approval for their research before they can register for this course.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Geography
  • MA Anthropology-Geography
  • MA Archaeology-Geography
  • MA Business Management - Geography
  • MA Celtic and Anglo-Saxon - Geography
  • MA Economics-Geography
  • MA Finance-Geography
  • MA French-Geography
  • MA Gaelic Studies-Geography
  • MA Geography
  • MA Geography-German
  • MA Geography-Hispanic Studies
  • MA Geography-History
  • MA Geography-International Relations
  • MA Geography-Management Studies
  • MA Geography-Sociology
  • Master Of Arts In Geography-Spanish & Latin American Studies
  • Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 9,000-12,000 words dissertation (100%). Resit: Apply to Head of School. Only in exceptional circumstances may students be permitted to resubmit a dissertation.

Formative Assessment

The dissertation supervison process provides continual formative assessment.


Students receive individual, written feedback (using standard comments sheets) on their dissertation from two members of staff who have marked the thesis independently. Marks and comments sheets are made available after the June external exam board.

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