Research Proposal Paper in Management

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Carsten Sorensen MAR 4.34

MPhil/PhD in Management Programme Director


This course is compulsory on the MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students produce a research proposal between 7,000 and 15,000 words, related to the student's designated major field.

Students submit the research proposal by Week 6 in the MT of Year 2. The Research Proposal is for upgrade to PhD and must include: 1) the research question(s); 2) a concise literature review through which the significance of the proposed research is articulated; 3) a discussion of research methodology; 4) preliminary data collection and analysis or a ‘pilot’ study; 5) indication of the expected contribution to existing research and 6) discussion of research ethics and risks.

Students will be asked to defend their proposal in a review by the Upgrade Panel.


Formative coursework

Feedback on progress will be provided by the student's supervisors and the PhD Programme director.


Coursework (100%, 15000 words) in the MT.

The paper will be assessed by the Upgrade Panel by the end of the MT. The Panel will consist of two ISI faculty and the student’s two supervisors. The Panel will interview the student. If the submitted work is of an acceptable standard, students will Pass. Should the submitted work fall short of an acceptable standard, then the Upgrade Panel can decide either to ask for further work to be submitted no later than at the end of the Lent Term of the same year, or that the student should not be allowed to continue the studies

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: 1

Average class size 2021/22: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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