Award: 25 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: September to July

ENVB40340 Practicum (Research)


This module is for MSc students in semester 2 or 3 of the MSc Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course. Those students intending to build towards a Masters Degree (90 credits) must take either ENVB40330 Practicum (Desk Study) or ENVB40340 Practicum (Research; lab/field). However, this module (ENVB40340 Practicum - Research; lab/field) is not available to students registered as Certificate, Diploma or Module to Masters.

What will I study?

The objective is to give students a rigorous training in the planning, execution and write-up of a research project.

Students carry out an individual research project under the direction of an academic supervisor.

Students may join the supervisor's research team and carry out the practical work in the laboratory or field site or they may undertake a project in the workplace or other location deemed suitable by the module coordinator. This is followed by a period for data analyses and write-up of a thesis.

How will I study?

You will be required to carry out a literature review prior to commencing the project and submit a plan and timeline for the research, for approval. This will be carried out off-campus.

The research (campus or off-campus) will then be carried out as planned. This will be followed by a period of data analysis and finally the thesis write-up.

Expected Commitment

Students are expected to carry out research (planning, data collection etc.) for a minimum of 8/9 weeks or equivalent hours (360 hours). The data analyses and write-up require at least four weeks (160 hours) of effort.

How will I be assessed?

Thesis Report 100%

On successful completion of this module I will

On completion of the research project students should be able to:

  • design a research project
  • organise and manage the work programme
  • work as part of a research team
  • carry out a comprehensive review of scientific literature
  • confidently apply the required scientific methods
  • undertake data analyses and write a scientific report (thesis)

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise, there are no pre-requisites for this module. Students are advised to take a module in data analyses before commencing their research project. Those students intending to build towards a Masters Degree (90 credits) must take either ENVB40330 Practicum (Desk Study) or ENVB40340 Practicum (Research).