MG4D7      Half Unit
Dissertation: MSc MISDI

This information is for the 2018/19 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, theoretically informed, piece of research of IS-related questions. Students must obtain the approval of their advisor before embarking on any research. The course MG496 Study Skills and Research Methods and the course MY401 on research design provide guidance and 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 MG496 Study Skills and Research Methods course. Students with any queries on this area should contact their dissertation advisor or the MSc Tutor.


Teaching for the dissertation comprises two components: MY401: Research Design for Studies in Digital Innovation and MG496: Study Skills and Research Methods. Students must follow both of these courses.

Formative coursework

Students will present their research question, conceptual framework and research design. They will receive feedback from their supervisor and fellow peers.


Dissertation (100%, 8000 words) post-summer term.

Two paper copies of the dissertation must be handed in on a specified date in late August. 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 8000 words. The dissertation is critical to assessment on the programme.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2017/18: 112

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness