Environmental Research Skills (BSc Geog) (F8512)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

In this module, you'll develop the skills you need to carry out your final-year Geography dissertation and get experience in obtaining primary scientific data using a range of fieldwork, laboratory analytical and ICT methods to help you to address specific research questions.

These methods will be placed in a wider research context by embedding them in a series of lectures and workshops about topographic mapping, microclimate, invertebrates, freshwater ecology, population estimation, plant ecology and soils.

This preparation includes an introduction to the scientific method, how best to collect samples, and how to use statistics to analyse your data.

Some of your field and laboratory work will be based around a single study-site on campus to elucidate the coupling amongst numerous environmental parameters and processes.


39%: Lecture
61%: Practical (Laboratory, Practical, Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 59 hours of contact time and 91 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.