GEOL40610 Applied Research Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

Students will undertake a three-month applied research project in the technical area of their choosing. Projects will be selected and developed in consultation with relevant staff members and will have an industry focus in terms of the issues addressed, the data on which the project is based, or, where possible, an internship. The results will be reported as minor thesis, and all students will give a final exit presentation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The research project will give students an opportunity to:
1. Apply and reinforce the skills and knowledge acquired during Trimesters I and II.
2. Undertake and drive a significant piece of original technical work and to follow it from the planning stage through to final reporting and presentation of the results.
3. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills and general aptitude for research and a technical work role.
4. Deepen understanding in an area of particular interest and acquire specific expertise
5. Show they can work to a schedule and ultimate deadline.
6. Sharpen their written and oral presentation skills.

Indicative Module Content:

This is a student-driven module. The student will be assigned a project topics will be tailored to their specific interests and ability and the overall scope of the MSc. They will have an applied focus with well-defined objectives that the student will help shape. Students will have an internal supervisor who will help guide the work and provide advice, but the onus is on the student to develop and execute a work programme around the selected topic and to liaise with industry, as appropriate. The results of the project will be summarised in an original thesis and a final technical presentation which will be presented to colleagues, staff and industry representatives.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Self-driven applied research of a particular problem or dataset.

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
Presentation: Oral presentation of project work Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Thesis describing research project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% 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
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The project supervisor will be available to discuss progress, and to provide feedback on a draft of the project report.

Name Role
Dr Lawrence Amy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Conrad Childs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Claire Harnett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Peter Haughton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Ivan Lokmer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aline Melo Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Koen Torremans Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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