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GEOG3018 Geography Research Project

Module Overview

Independent research project to produce a thesis of original geographic research.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Experience in formulating and addressing research questions within the field of Geography • Gain expertise in project planning within a chosen sub-discipline of Geography • Demonstrate critical appraisal skills to synthesise information from the literature

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and develop skills further in quantitative and/or qualitative research procedures
  • Research and process primary and/or secondary datasets for analysis (this may involve field research)
  • Demonstrate ability to synthesise information and analytically process data
  • Effectively time manage research progress to become an efficient independent learner
  • Summarise key findings for presentation to academics and peers (poster format)
  • Produce a final thesis within the allocated word limit which holistically presents findings in a well-structured, academically professional and self-critical format


The research project is developed from ideas of student and under guidance of supervisor. All projects must fall within the remit of Geography. Students are advised on expertise within the AU for geographical research areas: (i) Earth surface dynamics; (ii) global environmental change and Earth observation; (iii) paleoecology; (iv) political geography; (v) social geography; (vi) economic geography; (vii) disease geography; and (viii) cultural geography.

Special Features

The module is accessible to all students.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Supervision and independent study/research

Independent Study274
Total study time300


Assessment Strategy

If two reviewers disagree in the mark, a third reviewer is used.


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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