This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology.
Coordinator: Dr Pieter Vermeesch
- Module Details
Title MSc Geoscience Research Methods UG Code GEOL0037 Coordinator Dr Pieter Vermeesch Other Contributors Term 1 Credits 15 Written Exam Coursework 100% Pre-Requisites Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 10 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 16 hours Hours of Tutorials Days of Fieldwork Other
The Research Methods module is the first of three components of the research training of the MSc in Geoscience, which represent half the credits of the MSc. The three components, chronologically, are:Research Methods module (Term 1): 15 credits Project Proposal (Term 2): 15 credits
The ‘Research Methods’ module is taught at the beginning of Term 1 and will be generic training including, for example: basic safety, data analysis, laboratory methods, and presentation skills (a poster will be produced).
- Dissertation (Term 3): 60 credits
To develop the participants ability to plan research particularly in relation to:
- Assessing previous work from the literature and identifying research needs;
- Planning work including the assessment of risks and costs and time needed.
- The research facilities of the department;
- Methods of data analysis;
- Computational skills including introductory programming;
- Safety protocols at UCL;
- Report writing.
The need for consideration in research of: planning, costing, communication and safety assessment.