Business Project (MSc International Management)

Module description


This module is designed to give you the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic business challenge with a more in-depth research report. You will be expected to tackle a real organisational problem using an applied research approach. The chosen area will be agreed between yourself and your business project supervisor. In association with the module lead you will engage with a business or organisation offering a research project and undertake an in-depth investigation using an appropriate research methodology, developing relevant conceptual and theoretical strands and demonstrate critical judgment. Your resulting business report will address the issue posed by the client, offering primary and secondary research into the issue and offering a set of recommendations and or a solution to the original research issue. 

 Additional Information:


Included in this module are two days of lectures on management consultancy which is relevant across countries.

 External Engagement

You will engage with a range of companies for the business projects.


You will gain valuable experience from the business projects which is highly beneficial for future employability.

Full module specification

Module title:Business Project (MSc International Management)
Module code:BEMM149
Module level:M
Academic year:2018/9
Module lecturers:
  • Claire Dinan - Convenor
Module credit:30
ECTS value:


Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The aim of the Business Project is to give you the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic business challenge with a more in-depth research report. You will have the opportunity to select and explore a subject that is of interest to you and also relevant also relevant to your work placement and/or employment aspiration. The project will involve the production of a business consultancy report including suggestions for how to address the original research issue.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. critically evaluate and enhance specific business competence in core and optional areas of study, on the basis of the individual’s research strength and interest and future career objectives
  • 2. relate real-life situation to subject specific knowledge examined through previous and current modules
  • 3. to be able to interpret protocols, expectations and outcomes by engaging with the client’s internal strategies, policies and needs.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. construct and execute an extended research project
  • 5. critically engage with a variety of research materials as well as primary research (through the chosen company), if appropriate
  • 6. critically analyse a business problem using both practitioner and academic material
  • 7. demonstrate effective relationship skills and professionalism

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. develop creative approaches to solving problems, and to managing in unpredictable situations and making sound judgment in the absence of complete data
  • 9. effectively present information orally and in writing, and formulate and deliver logical and precise arguments
  • 10. demonstrate self-direction, initiative and planning in the context of independent learning and the management of a major project
  • 11. effectively apply reflective practice to explore and identify learning needs for own future development

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 hours6Lectures in term 2
Contact Hours5Supervision in term 3

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Client Assessment Students will receive feedback from the clients (ongoing and/or at the end of the project). This feedback should inform the Reflective ReportN/A7-11Verbal 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
Business Proposal (individual)101000 words4-5Written feedback on proposal and grade
Business report and/or other agreed artefact (individual) including a reflective report (individual)9010,000 words total (9,000 words on business report and 1,000 words on the reflective report element)1-3, 6 - 11Written feedback on report and grade

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Business Proposal and Report100% Revision of the business project based in the given feedback1-11August

Re-assessment notes

For mitigation purposes, students may be deferred in each component separately.

Syllabus plan

Topic area as agreed with supervisor.


Preparatory sessions will include:

-       Reflective learning – What is reflective learning, how to reflect on learning, etc.


-       Professionalism in the work place


-       Introduction to Consultancy Skills 


-       Introduction to Research Methods


-       Business Project vs dissertation

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Meridith, J.R & Mantel, S.J. (2011) Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 8th Edition, Wiley

Saunders, M, Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students, 6th Edition

Gill J & Johnson P (2010), Research Methods for Managers, Sage

Boud, D. & Garrick, J. Eds (1999) Understanding Learning at Work. London, Routledge

Eraut, M. (1994) Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. Washington DC, Falmer Press 

Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, RoutledgeFalmer

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