MG4D7      Half Unit
Dissertation: MSc MISDI

This information is for the 2020/21 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 Contemporary Topics in Information Systems and Digital Innovations 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.

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: 88

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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