Students in ENV421, Environmental Research spend a full academic year learning qualitative research skills and carrying out a research project from start to finish. Students work as environmental consultants and are ‘hired’ by real local environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) – the ‘clients’. The ENGOs have pressing research questions but do not necessarily have the capacity to address them. Students work in small research groups using qualitative methodologies to provide high-quality advice to the ENGOs. Asking the right questions, conducting a thorough literature review, having an appropriate methodology, collecting raw data, analysing data, drawing conclusions, writing a report and presenting findings, are all areas of focus in this course.