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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5062M Accounting and Finance Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 325

Module manager: Andreea Bordianu

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

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LUBS 5059M Accounting and Finance Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective


The aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to demonstrate the independent research skills necessary to define conduct and report a substantial piece of empirical research in accounting and finance. This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of their chosen area of study and demonstrate self-motivation and effective time management skills which will be necessary to successfully complete a work of this magnitude over a sustained period.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:
- critically assess some key contemporary theories and relevant empirical research evidence in the field of accounting, corporate finance, risk and the operation of capital markets
- critically assess the implications and relevance of the current knowledge boundaries in accounting and finance
- demonstrate a critical awareness of alternative research methods
- analyse how research projects are designed, managed and delivered
- critcal awareness of the different approaches to writing research papers
- design a research project
- write a research proposal
- conduct a literature search for relevant literature
- analysis of the various potential methods of data collection
- analysis of data analysis methods
- conduct critical evaluation of research strategies, methods of data collection and analysis.

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:
- Identify research questions, extract relevant information and define justifiable conclusions from complex data
- Identify, collate and structure an appropriate statistical methodology for the analysis of a research question
- Apply numerical and statistical skills to analyse financial and other numerical data using current communication and information technology
- Think critically in independently locating, extracting and analysing data and information from academic literature
- Communicate in writing, complex quantitative and qualitative information, ideas, analysis, argument and commentary
- Demonstrate effective time management skills over a sustained period

Subject Specific
- identify key contemporary theories and relevant empirical research evidence in their chosen research field from the discipline of accounting and finance
- Define, abstract and simplify a research question in accounting and finance to identify and model the core of a research topic


The syllabus for this module reflects the stages of a research project and will vary according to the research project selected. The syllabus will typically include: defining the research project, literature review, project planning, identifying a conceptual framework, developing a hypothesis/research question, data collection/review, data analysis, research conclusions, recommendations for future research, and writing up the research project.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours557.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback through (i) seminar discussions and outline answers for seminar questions; (ii) One-page proposal feedback from supervisors (iii) examples of literature reviews, One-page proposals, 3000-words research proposals, and dissertations and (iv) submitting one dissertation chapter to supervisors for review.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation8,000 words75.00
Research Proposal3,000 words25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Format of resit; 8,000 word dissertation (100%)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:21


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