The dissertation is a substantial piece of research work which both reinforces the skills learned in the taught component of the programme and provides a genuine opportunity to undertake new and valuable research.
This is particularly true because the University of Edinburgh provides a substantial infrastructure and critical mass of GIS and Archaeology researchers. Edinburgh dissertations are unique in terms of their breadth and quality, often published as academic papers or in professional journals.
Students typically find the dissertation the most exciting and satisfying part of the programme.
The dissertation should not be a purely academic exercise and the novel format adopted in Edinburgh reflects this. The submission forms the following parts:
Each student will be allocated a Dissertation Supervisor who will provide valuable advice and guidance, particularly in the early stages of the project.
Wherever possible, we will try to ensure that a supervisor's specialist interests coincide with the research project chosen by the student. Staff will provide guidance on potential topics, although the final choice of project is entirely up to the student.
Projects undertaken in collaboration with industry can be particularly valuable in terms of the experience they give. Arrangements exist to permit such collaboration across the widest possible range of external organisations.
It is worth considering potential research areas before coming to Edinburgh. Although you are likely to develop your research project after gaining some experience in Edinburgh and having a chance to review current research and technological issues, some advance planning allows time for reflection and particularly identifying potential sources of data that you may have to bring with you.
This article was published on Apr 18, 2012