Dissertation in Wildlife & Livestock Management (Online) BIOL5268P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Students will complete a dissertation in a subject of their choice relating to the management of wildlife or livestock. The dissertation may involve original research, depending on the availability of research opportunities, or might take the form of a critical literature review. In some instances it may be possible for students to come to Glasgow for their project If they wish. 


Full-time, involving regular interaction and online meetings with the project supervisor on a weekly basis.

Requirements of Entry

As stated in the generic regulations for taught Masters courses, students will be permitted to progress to the project only if they have obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to a C3) or above in the taught courses, with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





The dissertation assessment will consist of the following components:

Student's written report (70%)

■ A written report of 6,000-8,000 words.

Supervisor's report (15%)

■ An assessment of the student's overall performance will be provided by the project supervisor for specified criteria, using a written form with marking descriptors.

Oral presentation (15%)

■ A short presentation of the project (followed by questions) to an audience consisting of fellow students and project supervisors in the final week of the course. The delivery mode will be online.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Supervisor's report and oral presentation cannot be repeated.

Course Aims

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to apply critical evaluation skills with the knowledge gained during the preceding two years to a real-world problem, either in the form of original research or a critical review of the literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically design, plan and execute an investigation of a problem related to their MSc in Wildlife and Livestock Management.

■ Critically appraise scientific data in the literature and compare and contrast this to their own findings.

■ Take responsibility for the research project and associated resources with a degree of autonomy.

■ Present research findings in the form of a critically written scientific report, and a concise oral presentation.

■ Critically appraise their findings in an viva, by giving a balanced view of their research in context of the current research in the field.

■ Plan and manage time effectively by prioritising tasks and meeting deadlines.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.