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ES4003   Research Dissertation

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 45

ECTS credits : 22

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to Single Honours BSc Earth Science students

Planned timetable: Not applicable.

An individual research project which allows the student to pursue in depth a topic of personal interest. The student works largely independently of supervision and has the opportunity to demonstrate individuality, initiative and enterprise. Skills of planning and executing research are learnt, as well as the ability to work independently, and present the results orally and in dissertation form (up to 10,000 words). (Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Admission to an honours earth sciences programme or environmental earth science

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Regular meetings with supervisor arranged as required.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 430

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Proposal = 5%, Oral presentation = 10%, Dissertation = 85%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 90%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available


Module coordinator: Dr C R Cousins
Module teaching staff: Earth and Environmental Sciences staff