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MANG6322 Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance

Module Overview

There are two broad objectives to the module: • The first objective is to introduce students to academic research concerned with social sciences in general and accounting, finance and management research, in particular. The course will therefore enhance students’ knowledge of the research process and methodology and enable them to be aware of the problems associated with research. • The second main purpose is to prepare students for their dissertations. Guidance will be given as to how to proceed with their research, the choices available to them and an awareness of problems they may face.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • research methodologies;
  • academic papers and research.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • prepare a research proposal with a rigorous methodology and appropriate research methods;
  • pursue specialist areas individually but with guidance from a supervisor.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • solve complex problems and written communication skills;
  • manage your own milestones and progress;
  • apply qualitative and quantitative skills;
  • apply bibliographical skills.


After an introductory lecture the module will focus on four research paradigms: positivistic, functionalist, interpretive and radical. Each paradigm will be presented and discussed in a two hour session each week. The sixth and seventh sessions will concentrate on designing a research project and the methods available to pursue empirical research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will involve 22 hours of contact time in 2 hour sessions over an 11 week period. The first seven weeks will comprise lectures, including examples of current research undertaken by the School’s staff, followed by discussion with all module participants. Between week seven and eight (over the Easter vacation) students will undertake a preliminary literature review for their dissertation and prepare a research proposal. The last four weeks will comprise small groups (probably three or four students) with each student presenting their dissertation proposals for discussion with a staff supervisor and the other group members. Supervisors will advise students of further reading to be undertaken and suggest research methods for their empirical research.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

John Gill and Phil Johnson (2010). Research Methods for Managers. 

Bob Ryan, Robert William Scapens and Michael Theobald (2002). Research Method and Methodology in Finance and Accounting. 

Jill Collis and Roger Hussey (2014).  Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students. 

Erica Hallebone and Jan Priest (2009). Business and Management Research–Paradigms and Practice. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Research proposal  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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:


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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