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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

DESN5315M Dissertation – Global Fashion Management

60 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Ms Edel Moore

Taught: 1 May to 31 Oct, 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides students with the opportunity to independently investigate and produce a dissertation on a subject area of relevance to their programme of study. Students will utilise their learning from various core and elective modules, in order to design and complete an independent research project on a specific area relating to fashion management.


The role of the dissertation module is to provide an opportunity for students to complete and present written research on a topic of relevance to the programme. The aim of the dissertation is to explore and interpret research information through critical review and analysis of literature and primary and/or analysis of secondary research to create a coherent and cogent argument. The dissertation module
requires students to investigate an issue of contemporary academic and/or business interest, in the subject area of Global Fashion Management. The teaching curriculum for the Masters’ programme has the potential to give rise to novel research questions and a wide scope of subjects which will have interest to the wider academic and professional community.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an ability to apply skills and knowledge acquired throughout the programme to the framing of specific research questions;
2. formulate a detailed research design for investigation;
3. demonstrate appropriate academic rigor in the acquisition, critical analysis and presentation of conceptual and empirical material derived from primary and/or secondary sources;
4. implement a chosen research project exhibiting high clarity of expression under the guidance and supervision of a faculty supervisor.


This module is the capstone of the MA Global Fashion Management programme. It enables students to develop a research proposal; to select, evaluate, analyse and synthesise the literature; and to conduct independent research which demonstrates their ability to plan and manage the research process in order to answer a research

issue. Students will be supported through the process by a supervisor who will work with them in a small group and/or one-to-one basis.
Students will be expected to provide written drafts of work to their supervisors during the development of the dissertation to facilitate feedback on progress, content and quality. Students will be expected to manage their time and proactively work with their supervisors during the research and write-up period.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings71.007.00
Private study hours589.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

1. Private study: Library search and selection and specification of topic - 30 hours
2. Private Identification and critical review of background literature and other sources - 90 hours
3. Preparation for formative presentations - 20 hours
4. Formulation of research question and methodology - 120 hours
5. Primary and/or secondary research, formulation of research findings and conclusions - 220 hours
6. Completing draft and final dissertation for submission - 109 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through regular meetings with dissertation supervisor. A presentation of their research proposal with their supervisor will enable initial formative feedback on approach to be given.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay10,000-13,000 words100.00
Oral Presentation10 minute project presentation0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit is 100% by 10,000 – 13,000 word dissertation.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/04/2021 14:22:31


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