Applied Dissertation

Module description

The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to independently produce, original and academically rigorous research examining a topic, or task, offered by a company. In the course of the dissertation, you will: develop a project proposal; critically review the relevant literature; collect any appropriate data; undertake applied research and write up the results of your research in the form of a project summary for the client company and a dissertation. While the development and writing of the project and dissertation are largely independent pieces of work, you will have periodic meetings with your academic and company supervisors to discuss your progress.

Full module specification

Module title:Applied Dissertation
Module code:BEFM104
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
Module credit:45
ECTS value:






Duration of module:

Module aims

This dissertational module will give you the opportunity to work with, though not necessarily in, a company on a clearly defined project addressing a real issue set by the organisation. It will give you the experience of working with a company. It is a practical experience designed to develop consultancy and other transferable skills. The module is organised around an individual applied project with a real client which the Business School may have sourced, or a project you may have sourced yourself. The module’s primary objective is to provide students with ‘real world’ work experience and enhance their employability.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. design a project proposal and time-plan for the project
  • 2. complete a company project and dissertation, to a brief and timescale.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. assimilate and critically review academic literature that is relevant to the dissertation topic.
  • 4. conduct research into an applied issue (including deciding on appropriate data collection methods, researching a topic, analysis, testing and interpretation, where relevant) and generate insights to inform recommendations.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. work independently, with limited supervision
  • 6. clearly communicate and discuss complex ideas in writing, formulating and delivering logical and precise arguments.
  • 7. manage the relationship with the client, including managing expectations and handling problems. Understand the protocols, expectations and outcomes of engaging with organisations as clients.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours2Introductory class
Contact Hours13Academic supervision

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation proposal and time plan1,000 words1Verbal or written feedback
Dissertation draft12,000 words2, 3, 4, 5, 6Verbal or written feedback
Project draftTo be determined by the client company, but between 2,000 - 5,000 words2, 4, 5, 6, 7Verbal or written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation9012,000 words3, 4, 5, 6, 7Written feedback
Client assessment of project10To be determined by the client company, but between 2,000 - 5,000 words2, 3, 5, 6, 7Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationRe-submission (100%)6 weeks

Syllabus plan

The dissertation process will involve the following stages:

Introduction lecture:

• Choice of dissertation topic
• Development of proposal and time plan

Guided by Supervision:

• Participate in an interview with the client (where necessary).
• Project proposal and time plan
• Literature search and review
• Depending upon the nature of the project, empirical analysis/ data collection/ research
• Submission of draft dissertation and project
• Feedback and correction
• Writing up of the project and dissertation
• Submission of final project and dissertation

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading


The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult.Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener. 


Basic reading: 


As part of the dissertation, students will develop their own bibliography that is relevant to their particular research topic, under the guidance of their supervisor. 


ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages



Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Students will be introduced to the financial databases available in the business school via either in-house or online training sessions.

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