Management Dissertation

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jonathan Liebenau NAB 5.14


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

This is available to students on Global Masters in Management only.


Students must have taken either 'Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (MY451L / MY451M)' or 'Applied Regression Analysis (MY452L / MY452M)' and another methods course from the electives list.

Course content

Dissertations are based on a research question which students are required to agree with their assigned dissertation supervisor in year two.

Research questions may be investigated by:

(a) Framing the question via a literature review and examining the problem in more detail through a small scale empirical research project, using either primary or secondary data sources; OR

(b) Carrying out an extended literature review to provide a rigorous analysis of existing research investigating the problem.

This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management. This course is not available as an outside option.


3 hours of lectures in the MT. 4 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the LT.

Formative coursework

No formative work is appropriate but students will meet regularly with advisers so will have an indication of how they are progressing.

Indicative reading

  • Wray, Alison and Mike Wallace (2006). Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage
  • Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colmb and Joseph Williams (2008). The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Ridley, Diana (2008).  The Literature Review: A Step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.
  • Tharenou, Phyllis, Ross Donohue, and Brian Cooper (2007).  Management Research Methods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gill, John and Phil Johnson (2010) Research Methods for Managers (3rd edition). London: Sage
  • Easterby-Smith, Mark, Richard Thorpe, and Paul Jackson (2012). Management Research (4th edition). London: Sage.

Other readings will be provided during lectures in MT and by dissertation advisors.


Dissertation (90%, 10000 words) in August.
Essay (10%, 1000 words) in the LT.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: 22

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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