MAR8096 : Dissertation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0


A1. To undertake advanced research on an appropriate marine-related topic working largely alone, and to present in a structured form the results of that research. The research may take the form of a critical review, a computational study, an experimental investigation, or some combination thereof.
A2. To acquire knowledge in a specified topic, possibly outside the scope of the taught modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

The form of supervision will be agreed between module leader, student and identified potential supervisor, but may be in approximately the following form:
Selection of topic for study
Writing a study plan
Literature review of study subject area
Project initiation
Project supervision
Analysis and interpretation of information
Draft review
Completion of review
Draft dissertation
Completion of dissertation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Including Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1548:00548:00Dissertation (Research)
Guided Independent StudyProject work1240:00240:00Dissertation (write up)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Supervisory meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The MSc MTM taught modules provide an extended introduction to the discourses, methodologies and approaches involved in marine transport management and international logistics. At the point of embarking upon the dissertation, each individual student is allocated an appropriate supervisor. Student and supervisor will then communicate, primarily via email, from the inception and planning through to carrying out, analysing (ISO1-ISO8, IKO1) and writing up the results of the investigation (ISO9-ISO11, IKO1-IKO2).

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation153A15N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper3M50Maximum of 30 pages
Essay3M5Abstract for the report, maximum 1 page
Research proposal1M10Project proposal
Essay2M20Literature Review. 10 pages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to provide the students with an opportunity to carry out a substantial and largely independent piece of research. The examiners assess the ability of a student to produce a written research report which demonstrates the intended learning outcomes described in IKO1, IKO2 and ISO1-ISO11. The Graduate Skills Framework entries indicated as 'A' are also assessed in this way.

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