Dissertation (Geography) GEOG4052P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Individual research project for Geography Honours students


Lectures - 4 * 2 hour lectures held in 1st 5 weeks of semester 1

Dissertation Seminar/Conference - 1 * 2 hour mini conference held in early Semester 1

Optional weekly support sessions in weeks 7 - 11

Supervision sessions - up to 5 hours (group, individual and feedback)

Requirements of Entry

Entry into Level 4 Honours Geography


Dissertation - 85%

Oral presentation - 10 minute presentation with associated questions - 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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. 

Course Aims

To undertake independent research within the discipline of Geography and present a dissertation on an approved topic.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the dissertation, the student will be able to:

1. articulate a research problem/question;

2. place the research problem/question in the contexts of the appropriate literature;

3. undertake research to obtain information appropriate to addressing the research problem/question;

4. analyse and synthesize this information so as to address the research problem/question;

5. present the findings as a dissertation in order to address the research problem/question, and to place these findings in the broader context of the appropriate literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of at least 75% of assessed elements