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Human Geography Dissertation Project GEOG5039P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Research project on a contemporary issue in Human Geography


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Requirements of Entry

Progress to project stage of master's programme


15,000 word research project on a contemporary issue in Human Geography submitted in late August/early September.

Course Aims

■ developing an awareness of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and their applicability in different research settings;

■ enabling students to undertake an independent research based dissertation that provides a sound basis for doctoral research and an opportunity to develop a conceptual basis to their research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course the student the student should be able to:

■ provide a critical stance on the appropriate use of different research methods (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, archival and GIS) in the context of the dissertation project;

■ explain the use of relevant research concepts in an independent dissertation;

■ analyse the ethics surrounding 'field' research in an independent dissertation;

■ provide evidence, through the writing of the dissertation project, of independent critical thought;

■ analyse a particular 'real world' situation of space, policy and power in an independent dissertation;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at all seminars and completion of assessed coursework