This information is for the 2020/21 session.

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This course is compulsory on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management) and MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course consists of an academic dissertation in which students explore a research question that is grounded in the academic literature. While students will be assigned a dissertation supervisor, the supervisor will only provide guidance as needed – students are expected to take the lead and demonstrate their ability to conduct independent research. Students can also apply for a Links project and, if accepted, will conduct research on an HR question posed by the Links sponsor. More information about Links projects will be provided in class.


12 hours of lectures in the MT. 4 hours of lectures in the LT.

12 hours of lectures in the MT during Weeks 1 to 4 inclusive. Lectures will explain dissertation requirements and expectations.  4 hours of lectures in LT will introduce students to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students will be expected to work independently on preparing a dissertation proposal, to be submitted at the end of MT. Supervisors will be assigned during the first few weeks of LT.

Formative coursework

Students will work with their dissertation supervisors in order to gauge their progress.

Indicative reading

Students will be instructed on how to conduct literature searches in order to find readings relevant to their research project.


Dissertation (100%).

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 147

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication