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Dissertation - ENV00056M

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Samarthia Thankappan
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

This module involves carrying out an individual research project based at the University of York. This module runs alongside the 'MEnv Dissertation with Placement' module, in which students work with an external partner as part of the module.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25 to Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The MEnv dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth individual research project in an area of interest within their specialist stream. It will enable them to develop a suite of independent study skills. The students will construct and follow a research plan that enables them to undertake a novel piece of research over the course of year 4. They will then present this research in the form of a research dissertation. The module aims to develop in students a range of academic and graduate skills including problem analysis and task prioritisation, time management, working independently, the effective written reporting of research and the effective verbal presentation/communication of research, people skills, the critical evaluation of data (e.g. economic and scientific data), data analysis and data collection.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of a specific research topic
  • Critically evaluate research, advanced scholarship and methodologies and argue alternative approaches
  • Design, conduct and report the results of an independent research project that satisfies the normal professional standards and/or expectations of their discipline
  • Demonstrate skills in effective written communication, the critical evaluation of data, the identification and/or collection of data and data analysis.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on summative assessment is provided in accordance with department guidelines. Ongoing feedback from the dissertation supervisor during the module. Written/verbal feedback on the formative research proposal.

Indicative reading

Furseth, I. and Everett, E. L. (2013). Doing Your Masters Dissertation : From Start to Finish, SAGE Publications.

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