Postgraduate taught 

Sustainable Water Environments MSc

Research and Professional Issues in Sustainable Water Environments GEOG5057

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines various issues related to professional practice and carrying out research. It includes presentations and workshops delivered by practicing professionals from industry.


Classes for the research component will be held during the second semester, normally on Fridays.
Presentations from industry will be at various times throughout the year, including some evenings and some may be off campus.

Project proposal preparation / extended essays and presentations will take place immediately after the April/May examinations.

Requirements of Entry

Normally at least 60 credits of Sustainable Water Environments at level M. This course will normally be taken immediately before starting an MSc project or Work Placement.


Presentation 20%; Project proposal or extended essay 50%; Professional Awareness Programme reflective diary 30%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

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.


Presentations cannot normally be repeated; PAP cannot be repeated.

Course Aims

The research component focuses on the preparation of a proposal for a potential MSc project. The nature of the profession and issues related to working in the profession are covered in the other component which will take the form of a series of talks from senior individuals from industry, including participation in the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes of the professional institutions. Although this course is assessed in the second semester, attendance at talks, CPD events, etc, is expected throughout the year.

Teaching aims:

To introduce appropriate research and professional skills in preparation for the MSc project, other technical investigations, or organising projects;

To raise awareness of the profession and current issues affecting the profession;

To encourage a culture of participation in CPD as part of ongoing professional development.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss current research areas and trends in water science;

■ Discuss current issues and applications in the water profession;

■ Critically assess published research findings & presentations;

■ Use bibliographic search tools;

■ Present a proposal for a research project or an independent investigation;

■ Prepare a research proposal or report on an independent investigation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Attendance at all seminars and student presentation sessions

Completion of Professional Awareness Programme and submission of reflective diary