This module involves carrying out an individual research project based at the University of York. This module runs alongside the 'Dissertation with placement' module, in which students work with an external partner as part of the module.
Module will run
Summer Term 2019-20 to Summer Vacation 2019-20
The MSc dissertation module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth individual research project in an area of interest within the field of environmental science related to sustainability, environmental monitoring, environmental policy, ecology or a range of other environmentally-based topics.
Module learning outcomes
apply skills acquired from taught modules to the identification and solution of problems in the field of environmental science, showing an understanding of the nature of environmental problems and of their solutions;
develop the capacity to undertake independent research that satisfies the normal professional standards of the relevant disciplines; and develop the ability to report research results in a satisfactory way.
Academic and graduate skills
The module provides experience in conducting a piece of independent research with advice and guidance from an experienced researcher. This develops a range of generic skills including:
Problem analysis and task prioritisation
Effective written reporting of research
Effective verbal presentation of results
Critical evaluation of economic and scientific data
Skills in data analysis
Practical skills in data collection
Communication of research to peers
% of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation Dissertation
Special assessment rules
Standard departmental turn-around of 4 weeks (subject to staff absences during the marking period when feedback will be returned within 6 weeks). Feedback is via a feedback sheet showing comments by markers.
Will vary depending on topic
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