This module occupies a central place in our field-based research-orientated degree. It prepares students to undertake their independent research dissertation and develops transferable professional skills useful beyond graduation. Students learn about research design and the collection of original empirical data through engagement with a series of problem-based issues in geography and sustainable development. Themes covered include: training in quantitative, qualitative, and physical research methods; ethics of research; statistical techniques; cartography; and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). There is opportunity for streaming and choice amongst units covering these themes. Skills and techniques learned are applied during a residential field course where students will design and execute an original empirical research project with a staff mentor. The module concludes with students producing an independent research proposal for their Senior Honours dissertation projects.