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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Applied Geology (Geoenergy) (PGGE11227)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryResearch project in the subject of Geoenergy leading to the submission of a dissertation of publishable standard. Topics to be chosen from the range of subjects covered by the Geoenergy MSc, including but not limited to: Carbon Capture and Storage, Radwaste disposal; subsurface energy storage; subsurface fluid tracing.
Course description A research project undertaken by the student under the supervision of an academics, The course will teach the student how to design and run a short-duration research project, how to synthesise data (their own and from the literature) into a set of coherent and defensible conclusions. It is anticipated that the majority of students will be involved in the collection of new data, but that the range of the type of data will be broad, potentially including (but not limited to) the subject areas of geology, engineering and social science.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Normally none but if a student elects to perform some aspect of the project in a manner which cannot be funded from the normal source (e.g. data collection field work in an expensive location) then this could be funded by the student.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100 % on the dissertation thesis.
Feedback Feedback on progress is provided by personal (1:1) interaction with the dissertation supervisor, in accordance with the recommended number of hours of supervision as dictated by the School of Geosciences. Some supervisors also hold group feedback sessions for students doing similar projects. One chapter of the final dissertation can be read (and feedback provided) by the supervisor, in accordance with standard Geosciences¿ procedures.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Work Individually (under supervision)
  2. Prepare a publication-standard report on a complex topic
  3. Work to a deadline
  4. Demonstrate research-level knowledge of their chosen topic
Reading List
Reading list is bespoke for each project. No generic reading list can be provided.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Design of research project; collection of data; synthesis of data; drawing of conclusions; report writing; presentation.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Will
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
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