MSc Geoscience for Sustainable Energy / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Independent Research Project
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The independent project is intended to demonstrate that the student can apply the technical and communication skills learnt in the taught part of the MSc/Diploma course to an independent piece of research that is relevant to either hydrocarbon exploration or production. The work is presented in the form of a poster, written dissertation and a conference style oral presentation.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
This unit forms an independent, but supervised research project based around a petroleum geoscience theme. Students are encouraged to design their ideal research topic with staff, or alternatively be assigned a project in their area of interest.
A typical project may involve field work, petrophysical samples or workstation based analysis of 3D and /or 2D seismic and associated well/ production data. Students may use University of Manchester research facilities to gather and analyse data. In the past, projects have made use of SEM/ QEMSCAM, XRD, X-ray computed tomography (CT) and traditional microscopy, UAV (drone) imagery, petrophysical and other laboratory facilities.
On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Conceptualise and design a research project within the context of Petroleum Geoscience that applies, and builds on skills learnt in the taught part of the MSc/ Diploma.
- Demonstrate skills in project and time management
- Implement skills in research methodology, particularly the integration and critical analysis of data
- Compose a scientific argument, discriminating between evidence and interpretation of data
- Generate a well written technical report and poster presentation
- Construct and present an oral summary of their research project
Teaching and learning methods
This unit takes place over approximately 12 weeks from the end of May. During this time the student will organise and direct their independent research project with the help of a University of Manchester supervisor. Research data is typically sourced from subsurface studies, reports, field work, the literature, or directly from an energy or geophysical company; the final report can be kept confidential if required.
The content of the dissertation will be agreed with the supervisor and also, if applicable, with an industrial sponsor. A formative assessment of the introductory section and regular supervision discussions aim to ensure that the project work is progressing on track.
Dissertation draft (0%)
Presentation (individual poster) (10%)
DIssertation, 10,000 words (75%)
Oral (individual), 12 mins +3 for questions (15%)
Dissertation draft - Formative assessment on introduction, aims/objectives and intended report structure. Feedback provided in individual meeting, or as a marked-up script
Presentation (individual poster) - During the poster creation process
DIssertation, 10,000 words - N/A
Oral (individual), 12 mins +3 for questions - N/A
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|Rufus Brunt||Unit coordinator|