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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Applied Environmental Hydrogeology (PGGE11282)

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
SummaryAn independent research project in the field of applied environmental hydrogeology leading to the submission of a dissertation of publishable standard. The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity for students to undertake original, independent research on a topic of their choice, employing appropriate methodologies and involving theoretical and, potentially, empirical work developed through the coursework programme, and directed reading supported by expert supervision. Topics will be chosen from the wide range of subjects covered by the Applied Environmental Hydrogeology MSc., including but not limited to: micro plastics, contamination, geothermal, radwaste disposal; subsurface energy storage; subsurface fluid tracing.
Course description An independent research project undertaken by the student under the supervision of an academic. 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.

The research project is aimed at developing technical, interpretation and reporting skills and encourage critical thinking. Integration of the concepts developed in the taught programme is facilitated through student centred investigations of current issues linked to a range of the Applied Environmental Hydrogeology applications. 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.

The subject nature of the dissertation varies according to students interests. Generally, the dissertation must, at an appropriate level, demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding in the field of study, relate knowledge of particular topics to the broader field(s) of the degree programme, and present such knowledge in a critical and scholarly way.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% dissertation.
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. Develop a research-level in depth understanding of a particular topic
  2. Gain competence in research design, methodological formulation and presentation, preparing a publication-standard report on a complex topic
  3. Apply theoretical, methodological and technical knowledge acquired in other parts of the programme
  4. Develop transferable skills in the undertaking and dissemination of an independent research project
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The research dissertation will equip our graduates with a wide range of skills including;

Gain competence in research design, methodological formulation and presentation,

Problem solving and practical hands on skills.

Skills in data collection either in the lab, field and / or datasets / literature

Capacity to synthesis and evaluate complex data and to extrapolate conclusions.

Critical and reflective thinking.

Organised with good project management skills and a flexible approach to work.

Skilled communicators, both oral and written

Ability to work well independently.
Course organiserDr Katriona Edlmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 7339
Course secretaryMrs Lauren Blackman
Tel: (0131 6)50 2624
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