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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%)


Dissertation 2015-16

Submission date for Senior Sophister dissertations is Thursday 21st January 2016 at 12 noon.

Dissertation Guidelines & Regulations (internal access only)



Last updated 6 October 2015 Geog@tcd.ie.