MG420      Half Unit

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Daniela Lup


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Dissertations are based on a research question which students are required to agree with the teacher responsible during MT in year two. Students are encouraged, but not required, to relate their research questions and dissertations to the business projects carried out as part of MG489. Research questions may be investigated by: (a) Framing the question via a literature review and examining the problem in more detail through a small scale empirical research project, using either primary or secondary data sources; OR (b) Carrying out an extended literature review to provide a rigorous analysis of existing research investigating the problem.


3 hours of lectures in the MT. 7 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are required to write a short research proposal (maximum of 1,000 words), to be submitted as set out in the policies of their degree programme, with their proposed research question.

Indicative reading

Partington, D. (2002) Essential Skills for Management Research. London. Sage Publications. Other readings will be provided during lectures in MT and by dissertation supervisors.


Dissertation (100%, 6000 words) post-summer term.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2012/13: 118

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills