Dissertation: MSc MISDI (formerly IS499)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

All members involved with MSc MISDI are involved in dissertation support.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The aim of the dissertation is for students to pursue an independent piece of research within the field of information systems. 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. The course IS490 Study Skills and Research Methods provides background material on undertaking dissertation work.


Arrangements for supervision:


Advisors will normally be allocated according to student dissertation proposals. The dissertation advisor will advise the student, help provide information and bibliography and identify likely problems with the proposed research.




Details on Group requirements for referencing and paraphrasing and the presentation of the dissertation are given during the IS490 Study Skills and Research Methods course. Students with any queries on this area should contact their dissertation advisor or the MSc Tutor.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 presentation in the ST.

Students are expected to attend their allocated dissertation presentation session. They will present their research question, conceptual framework and research design. They will receive feedback on the day from their supervisor and fellow peers. The presentations take place after the examination period (mid/late June).


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

Three paper copies of the dissertation must be handed in on a specified date in late August/early September. An electronic version of the dissertation must also be submitted. Penalties will be applied to any late submission. The word limit for the dissertation is 10,000 words. The dissertation is critical to assessment on the programme.

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 information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness