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Research Project


  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 6
  • Assessment: 8000-10,000-word research project (excluding bibliography)

Module description

The environmental project must set out either a hypothesis or specific research questions, which it then aims to investigate and analyse. It must be more than descriptive. It must be based upon original, primary research and/or original statistical analysis of a large-scale data set.

A supervisor will be allocated; it is your responsibility to stay in regular contact for guidance. You may provide your supervisor with a detailed contents page and one draft chapter to look over and provide feedback during the autumn or spring terms. You will have three meetings with your supervisor.

The environmental project will be marked for the formulation of: the research questions/hypothesis; the depth and sophistication of the theoretical background; the methodology (appropriate techniques, rigour, awareness of safety and ethical issues); the analysis (logical, drawing on the material); the conclusions; and overall presentation (including diagrams, maps, photos, typing).