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University of Exeter Business School

Dissertation for MRes Mgt

Module titleDissertation for MRes Mgt
Module codeBEMM355
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Janet Geipel (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

The module aims to enable you to conduct an in-depth enquiry into a relevant and approved area of study in the field of business administration. The module aims to provide you with a context in which to apply and synthesise the knowledge and skills that have been developed through the taught modules.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aims of the dissertation are:
• To allow the student to pursue a programme of independent research on a topic of his/her choosing.
• To nurture further his/her skills in formulating appropriate research questions, developing a research agenda, planning and conducting a research programme, analysing and evaluating materials and data generated, and communicating the findings by a fixed deadline.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Read widely in the chosen area of study, and to master a relevant literature
  • 2. Design, set up, plan and write up a piece of business research

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Use independent study skills including the use of the library, relevant databases
  • 4. Manage and document regular meetings and updates with supervisors
  • 5. Present literatures, research design and findings in an appropriate academic format
  • 6. Develop argument development, justification and presentation

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Identify strategic options
  • 8. Evaluate the success and limitations of different strategies
  • 9. Manage time, resources and the time of supervisors
  • 10. Take responsibility for the direction and management of a research project through sustained attainment
  • 11. Be able to write professional documents and disseminate research findings
  • 12. Be able to respond effectively to critique and review

Syllabus plan

Dissertation seminar;
Meetings with supervisor.
Presentation of research findings at departmental forum

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 hours5Supervision
3Dissertation seminar

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation Outline1500 words1-12Verbal 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
Dissertation10020,000 words

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationRe-submission of Dissertation1-12

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

As appropriate for dissertation topic in agreement with Supervisor.

Credit value60
Module ECTS


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