MG4D7      Half Unit
Dissertation: MSc MISDI

This information is for the 2019/20 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 help the student identify an appropriate research question, and to work out a plan for a literature informed empirical study.


Two courses prepare students for the dissertation: 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 use the feedback to the summative essay of the MY401 course as a starting point for their dissertation research. They will also present their research topic and research design at a workshop in mid-June and get feedback from fellow students and faculty.


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 2018/19: 89

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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