GEG-30006 - Geography Double Dissertation - ISP
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of Level 2 Geography degree programme or equivalent.

Barred Combinations

Not applicable

Description for 2022/23

The geography dissertation is a research project on a geographical topic of the student's choice. It may be
based on either primary data or secondary sources, and should demonstrate competence in dealing with
geographical data or source material appropriate to the topic. The dissertation provides an opportunity for
students to put into practice a wide range of skills and knowledge learned during their degree programme.
Students are given a free choice of topic, and are allocated to an adviser with whom to discuss research
strategy, analysis of the results and presentation of the work. The double dissertation is a substantial project, typically 8-11,000 words long, with an 11,000 word limit.

The aims of this module are to:
  • Give students the opportunity to carry out an original and independent research project using appropriate literature, data sources and methodologies
  • More specifically the objectives involve:
    Designing and conducting an original line of research into a topic of the student's own choice.
    Undertaking a major, focused, literature review.
    Collating, synthesising and analysing appropriate data.
    Presenting a developed and consistent set of arguments.
    Producing a cogent, well illustrated dissertation based upon coherent thinking and application of ideas.
    Training students to undertake research responsibly and safely.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, successful students will be able to:
  • Choose and narrow a specific research topic/problem; synthesise and evaluate a selection of key concepts, conflicting and complementary debates and research publications in geography; demonstrate critical thinking
  • Develop and present in written form a sustained and reasoned argument to assess contrasting Geographical theories or explanations
  • Devise a research strategy to tackle a research problem
  • Safely collect and analyse original data or conduct original analysis on data drawn from diverse existing sources
  • Demonstrate the ability to write a substantial report using sustained argument and effective presentation.

Study hours

300 hours guided independent research

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%