MG420      Half Unit

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible


In addition, all students will be allocated an individual dissertation supervisor in year two.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Management (MiM Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Students on other Department of Management postgraduate programmes are welcome to attend the preparation sessions.

Course content

Dissertations are based on a research question which students are required to agree with their assigned dissertation supervisor in year two. Students opting for MiM specialisations may consider how they may relate their research questions and dissertations to the area of specialisation they undertake in year two. (This does not apply to MiM students on either the CEMS MIM  or MiM Exchange tracks.)

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.


1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the MT. 6 hours of lectures in the LT.

Students are required to attend a course of five lectures during MT and LT. 

Students on this course will have reading weeks in Week 6 of MT and Week 6 of LT, in line with departmental policy


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

Wray, Alison and Mike Wallace (2006). Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colmb and Joseph Williams (2008). The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ridley, Diana (2008).  The Literature Review: A Step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.

Tharenou, Phyllis, Ross Donohue, and Brian Cooper (2007).  Management Research Methods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gill, John and Phil Johnson (2010) Research Methods for Managers (3rd edition). London: Sage

Easterby-Smith, Mark, Richard Thorpe, and Paul Jackson (2012). Management Research (4th edition). London: Sage.

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 2015/16: 97

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Lecture capture used 2015/16: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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