Geography and Environmental Sciences Dissertation

Module summary

Module code: ENVI1157
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Bruce Haggart



To develop the student's ability to design, implement and complete a major research project.
To develop data analysis and interpretation skills across a range of environmental science and geography topics.
To develop the student's ability to take responsibility for a major research project and to demonstrate a mature and independent approach to their work.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this Module a student will be able to:

1. Identify and conceptualise a project based on a geographical, or environmental science research topic.
2. Carry out an appropriate critical review of literature pertinent to the topic.
3. Design an appropriate programme of data collection.
4. Analyse and interpret results/information critically and place findings in their wider context.
5. Work and think independently to organise and execute an appropriate programme of research.
6. Present the text, figures, tables and maps in a professional manner.

Indicative content

Projects are selected on the basis of applicability to the Programme of Study (Environmental Science or Geography) and discussion with the teaching/supervisory team. Recent example projects include:
• Palaeoenvironmental analyses;
• Aspects of conservation in the UK and overseas;
• General and applied ecological studies;
• Atmospheric dispersal of pollution and biological material;
• Climate change impacts;
• Water quality and soil chemistry.
• Environmental pollution, past and present

Pre and co requisites

Successful completion of level 4 and 5 Geog or Env Sci programmes