GES Masters Research Project GEOG5130P
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Full Year
- Available to Visiting Students: No
Major independent project for MSc programme in Earth Futures or MRes in Human Geography
January - submission of project proposal (assessed as part of other modules)
Feb/March - submission of ethics form
August - submission of draft written project material for formative feedback
End August - submission of project
15,000 word research project submitted at end of August
■ To integrate knowledge gained during the programme by applying it to a substantial and intensive project.
■ To allow students to pursue one particular topic in depth.
■ To encourage investigative study and the application of this to a particular social and/or environmental challenge.
■ To develop an awareness and experience of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and their applicability in different research settings.
■ To give experience in preparing a substantial report on an extended project.
Projects will be
- a theoretical / research-oriented project in which some problem is investigated by collection of primary data or analysis of a substantial secondary data set;
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ provide a critical stance on the appropriate use of different research methods (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, archival, 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 (MRes) OR a particular environmental and/or social 'challenge' (Earth Futures) in an independent dissertation
■ Plan and carry out a substantial research task.
■ Work to 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. Attendance at all seminars.