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Project BSc Planetary Science With Astronomy


  • Credit value: 60 credits at Level 6
  • TutorsProfessor Ian Crawford, Professor Hilary Downes
  • Assessment: a 5000-word literature review, progress report and plan (25%), 20-minute PowerPoint presentation (15%) and 15,000-word final report (60%)

Module description

This module will give you experience of independent work on a topic in Planetary Sciences and the preparation of a scientific report.

You will be expected to choose a topic in consultation with a supervisor, who will also give instructions regarding techniques and any laboratory work that is required for the project. Most of the work will be done independently. If thin sections or laboratory analyses are necessary, these will be done in the School after consultation with the supervisor. You may be required to pay for the cost of other materials used in the project. Time spent on the project will normally be equivalent to that expected for the map and thesis.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the basic tenets of the particular subject for the project
  • developed hypothesis and testing skills through analysis of the data obtained for your project, theoretical understanding of relevant concepts, critically assessed results and outcomes, and experience of real situations during the project work
  • collected and analysed data relevant to the subject related to your project using a variety of research techniques
  • critically assessed the quality of the scientific method, data, results, conclusions and implications of relevant studies.