The Independent Research Exercise (IRE) provides an opportunity for students to undertake an independent investigation of a topic of their choice, which is relevant to Environmental Science and must address an original research question.
The IRE may involve the collection of original data through field and/or laboratory research, or may apply novel analyses to secondary data.
The results of the student’s IRE are presented in a 10,000 word written IRE report, which should include:
- The aims and objectives of the research
- The relevance of the research question
- The methodology to be applied to the acquisition and analysis of primary and secondary data including the availability and sustainability of any secondary data sources
- Results of the data collection and subsequent data analyses
- Discussion of the results and findings
- Conclusions in the context of the project aims and objectives
The majority of the module involves independent work by the student, guided by meetings with their supervisor.
Timetabled sessions comprise 1 hour introductory lecture, and 3x2 hour optional workshops.
Dissertation tutorials (number determined by supervisor and students)Dissertation office hours/additional meetings at supervisees’ request
- One 10,000-word Independent Research Exercise report (100%)
- Data collection and data analysis skills
- Critical review and evaluation of previous research
- Presentation of research results in report format