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Unit information: Extended Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Extended Research Project
Unit code GEOGM0110
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Rigg
Open unit status Not open

Years 1-3 of the MSci programme.



School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Summary and Objectives: This unit provides an opportunity to pursue research work at an advanced level, to liaise with other researchers and to present research results in written format.

This unit allows students to undertake supervised research on a topic of their own choosing. It builds on both the experience of the Year 3 Research Project, and more advanced level 4 courses which provide access to additional research skills. However, the Extended Research Project must be clearly different from the Research Project completed in Year 3, both with respect to topic and methods used. It is undertaken across both teaching blocks, with preparation of a final 12,000 word report typically due to be submitted in May. A synopsis must be prepared and submitted to the Unit Convenor in teaching block 1. The suitability of the topic will be approved by the Unit Director and Year 4 Tutor.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to:

  1. Identify a research problem and scope an appropriate research proposal
  2. Undertake the data collection and analysis of the research specified
  3. Report on the research project to strict word and time constraints in a format for an academic research community

The following transferable skills are developed in this Unit:

  • Self-directed learning
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical assessment
  • Time management
  • Interview skills
  • Computing skills
  • Database management
  • Data presentation

Teaching Information

Independent study and research supported by supervisor

Assessment Information

Final Project Dissertation, 10,000-15,000 word limit (100% unit mark, meets ILOs 1-3)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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