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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5110M Exploration Geophysics: Project and Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Jason Williams

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module, students will apply and extend relevant elements of the taught-course module(s) to a single exploration geophysical project, with credible industrial or research outcomes. It is typically 15 weeks of full-time work, leading to a Dissertation and other forms of assessment emulating industry and academic practice.


To complete a project dissertation and associated deliverables on an exploration geophysics topic.

Learning outcomes
Investigate an original research topic within the general field of Exploration Geophysics;
Critique established practice in the field, and develop a research programme to extend it.
Defend research approaches using various dissemination techniques, including thesis, oral seminar and poster.


Projects can be collaborative with industry or university-based: case studies or research-aligned investigations; and field or laboratory-based. The project lasts for four months on a subject area to be agreed with supervisors. A dissertation, seminar, and poster board are final outcomes of the project.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours579.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on Initial and Extended Project Statements; Feedback during interim progress interview.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project/Project/DissertationDissertation80.00
Oral PresentationSeminar Presentation ( + questions)10.00
Poster PresentationIndividual poster presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

A student who fails this Module may be offered a resit. The resit for this module consists of a resubmission of the dissertation component. If the resit is offered as a first attempt, then the remarked dissertation is aggregated with the marks for the other components, even if it its mark is lower. If the resit is offered as a second attempt then the mark for the dissertation replaces all other marks, and the mark for the module overall is capped at 50%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/02/2024


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