On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- plan, design and execute an advanced, independent investigation;
- undertake data gathering with due regard for safety and risk assessment and ethical standards;
- synthesize and interpret results/outcomes in the context of the relevant peer reviewed literature;
- present the outcomes in the form of a coherently argued and well-constructed dissertation including critical reflection on the process of undertaking the research project and applying research methodologies.
The MSc project is student directed. The preparative programme/workshop will examine the whole process for the MSc project from problem definition to dissertation writing. This will be integrated with the assessments which will ensure (a) appropriate aims and objectives for the research project; (b) effective literature use and presentation of the project outcomes. An optional workshop covering these issues will be held at the beginning of the MSc stage but all students will be issued with a MSc guide covering this material.
In the final stage of the UNIGIS MSc students write their thesis proposal and the actual thesis. The MSc programme aims to enable students to design and execute an original/ independent study in their field of GIS and in doing so to develop an in-depth knowledge of the relevant GIS literature and research activities in that field.
The first step in the dissertation assessment is the independent assessment of two supervisors: the thesis supervisor and a second Unigis tutor. After they agree that the thesis is of sufficient quality, they will each report their findings and propose a grade. The two reports will be submitted to the Programme Director. He will assess the thesis and, together with the two supervisors, determine the grade. The student is required to defend his/her thesis before an audience (public defence) and before the Board of Examiners (private defence). Theses will be assessed on the following criteria (in random order):
• Critical evaluation of ideas and appreciation of the field of study
• Practical technique and approach
• Discussion of results
• Oral presentation
Students must be a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) holder before starting the MSc programme.Qualification: Master of Science in GIS