Dissertation: MSc Management Science (formerly OR499)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

All members of the Management Science Group are involved in dissertation support.


This course is available on the MSc in Management Science (Decision Sciences) and MSc in Management Science (Operational Research). This course is not available as an outside option.

Cannot be taken with OR440 Applied Management Science.

Course content

The aim of the dissertation is for students to pursue an independent piece of research within the field of management science. The dissertation is a quantitative or qualitative investigation in the field. It may be either a theoretical or empirical piece of research. Students must obtain the approval of their advisor before embarking on any research.


Advisors will normally be allocated according to student dissertation proposals, and it is the student's responsibility to find a suitable dissertation adviser who will advise the student, help provide information and bibliography and identify likely problems with the proposed research. Students may expect to see their supervisors in both individual and group sessions, but should note that supervision is not available after the end of ST. Dissertation guidelines will be issued to students during MT.

Formative coursework

Students are required to submit Dissertation Plans to their supervisor in LT and ST.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Two paper copies of the dissertation must be submitted on a specified date in late August/early September. An electronic version of the dissertation must also be submitted. The word limit for the dissertation is 10,000 words. The dissertation is critical to assessment.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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