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MANG3025 Dissertation

Module Overview

To provide an opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of individually researched academic study. Inter alia this provides a context within which research skills may be developed and demonstrated.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the selected field of study in management;
  • alternative research paradigms, research approaches, research strategies and research methods appropriate to chosen topic;
  • current research related to chosen topic.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • justify the selection of a chosen topic;
  • identify, compare and evaluate appropriate research approaches and strategies;
  • identify, collect and analyse appropriate data, both primary and secondary;
  • critically evaluate the data collected in the context of existing studies;
  • conduct an extended investigation including generating primary data;
  • critically evaluate the chosen research strategy, highlighting reliability, validity and limitations, and identify opportunities for further research;
  • integrate theoretical concepts developed throughout your undergraduate learning programme and managerial practice.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively using and justifying argument.


There is no set pattern of study; you proceed at your own pace with your personal supervisor. However, it is anticipated that the following topics will feature: • Selecting and developing your topic; • Research questions, aims and objectives; • Research paradigms and consequent research strategies and methodologies; • Identifying, collecting, evaluating and analysing secondary data; • Identifying, collecting and analysing primary data; • Linking research outcomes to current theory and practice; • Effective communication documents. Detailed guidance notes and learning materials are contained within the module handbook.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Private study guided by the unit handbook • Guided study and research activity as advised by personal supervisor • Practical experience • Personal reflection

Wider reading or practice94
Project supervision6
Total study time300



Supervision sessions


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

There will be additional costs for printing and binding your dissertation.


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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