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SOES6042 MRes Research Project

Module Overview

A research topic will be chosen by you, from a list provided, early in the first semester. Topics will be advertised on the Web before students arrive, and further background given in an introductory session at the start of the year.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide you with an opportunity for original and independent research, which may involve both practical and theoretical components on a marine geophysical or geological or ocean science topic. • To develop a research project in sufficient depth to produce a piece of work which is publishable in the refereed scientific literature. • To develop your skills in scientific computing, critical analysis of scientific literature, teamwork, time management, and written and oral presentation.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • • Scientific computing
  • • Written and oral presentation
  • • Teamwork
  • • Time management
  • • Critical analysis of research literature
  • • Research skills.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identity novel research areas.
  • Critically review the literature in an area of science that is new to you.
  • Analyse and interpret new scientific results.
  • Assess the wider significance of these results, including any commercial applications.
  • Plan and complete a research project within a fixed time period.
  • Produce a thorough but concise scientific report.


You will write a detailed research proposal, reviewing the field and defining your project within it, for submission at the beginning of February; example proposals in a variety of fields will be available for guidance. The research project will then run from February to September and will be full-time from June to September. The project will be linked to ongoing research in SOES and/or the NOCS Strategic Research Divisions, and may involve the acquisition of new data, the analysis of existing data in a novel way, or the development and testing of a new method. The project is expected to lead to results which are publishable in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Six tutorials in Semester 1, including a session on “Publishing & Paper Writing Skills; Scientific computing course, team-building course, seminars/workshops in science communication, professional skills, and contemporary research topics, and independent research supported by regular (typically weekly) meetings with supervisor. Progress on the project will be reviewed through a seminar given early in the summer. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

Independent Study1100
Total study time1200

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. The lecture material is summarised at Instructions for accessing this material will be given during the course.



MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation 10%
Project 90%
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