Advanced Research Methods in Environmental Science


Semester 1

The purpose, process and publication of research will be explained and investigated through tutorials, lectures and on quantitative and qualitative approaches. Computer practicals will introduce a range of data collection and analysis methods. 

Semester 2

This part of the module will prepare students for their final year Independent Research Exercise through a series of alternating lectures and small group teaching (‘Dissertation/IRE labs’):  The lectures will provide guidance on research design, theoretical framing and methodological rigour.  The small group teaching will provide a forum in which the lecture content can be discussed in more detail. It will also facilitate the sharing of ideas (tutor-student and peer-to-peer).


  • Computing and Statistics Report
  • Interview or Focus Group Report
  • 3,000-word Independent Research Essay Proposal