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Module GG4030: Geography Dissertation

The dissertation is an independent study in which field work or the study of original source material is expected to play an important role.

Data can be collected in a variety of ways - such as through field sampling or survey, laboratory analysis, questionnaire surveys, interviews, content analysis, census material or archival work or some combination of these - depending on the topic chosen.

The research topic is developed as part of GG3028 Advanced Research Methods in Geography I.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Complete a sustained piece of individual, academic research on a chosen topic within the field of Geography, under the guidance of a member of staff
  • Explain the methodological basis employed in their research
  • Critically evaluate existing research and its implications for the topic of study
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the application of the selected methods and techniques of data acquisition and analysis
  • Synthesise and discuss the results with reference to relevant academic literature
  • Present a succinct and precise written report of the research that is well presented, logically structured and accurately referenced.

Module Breakdown:

Contact Hours (Supervision = 10hrs)

Additional Input (Individual research and dissertation writing = 490hrs).

TOTAL = 500hrs.

Assessment: Independent research project dissertation (100%)


  • Thursday 30th November 2017: deadline for handing in 1 or 2 draft chapters of your dissertation to your supervisor to obtain feedback on your writing and progress.
  • Thursday 18th January 2018, 12 noon: Deadline for handing in the final version of your dissertation. This is handed in (unbound) to the Geography office. Further details of charges for binding etc will be sent to you later this semester.

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Last updated 18 October 2017