GEOG40520 Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is an independent research module. All Masters students are required to complete a dissertation that demonstrates: the ability to conceive, execute and deliver an independent project; project and time management skills; professional engagement with a supervisor.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the time the dissertation is completed, students should have:
Developed and provided evidence of advanced critical reading and writing skills;
Determined and applied appropriate methodologies to answer specific research questions;
Evidenced their ability to conceive and effectively execute an independent research project through excellent project management and time management;
Demonstrated an advanced knowledge of their chosen subject area including the ability to draw evidence-based conclusions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will require high levels of self-motivation, independent organisation, active/task-based learning; critical writing; enquiry based and reflective learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Project: You will be required to write a high quality research dissertation of between 15,000-20,000 words. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students work on their thesis with their academic supervisor's guidance and feedback throughout the year.

Name Role
Dr Dean Phelan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer