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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5970M Dissertation

45 creditsClass Size: 397

Module manager: Nicola Smith

Taught: 1 Feb to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module provides the opportunity for you to identify and develop research in an area of interest and produce a document of 12,000 words to document the process and findings. This includes a (up to) 10,000 word dissertation and a (up to) 2,000 word dissemination report translating the dissertation findings for practitioners/policymakers. You are allocated a supervisor who will work with you on a small group and one-to-one basis at key points throughout the process.


The dissertation is intended to provide a capstone to the modules individually and the programme as a whole. The module enables students to develop a research proposal, to select, evaluate, analyse and synthesise the literature, and to carry out the research to demonstrate their ability to plan and manage the research process in order to answer a research question. Students are then required to translate their research findings into actions for a non-academic audience.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:
- Critically evaluate literature relevant to the research question(s)
- Plan and carry out appropriate primary and/or secondary research in line with practical, methodological and ethical constraints and structures
- Synthesise literature and other collected data to produce a document which clearly expresses the research process undertaken
- Translate the findings of the academic dissertation into a report suitable for policymakers and/or practitioners

Skills outcomes
Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

Subject specific
- Select and critically analyse academic and other literature
- Collect data and analyse the data to address a research question
- Identify relevant research questions and to plan and carry out research to address them
- Present complex information effectively in writing for academic and non-academic audiences


Indicative content:
Students are prepared for the dissertation by the Research Design and Analysis module (or, for MSc Enterprise & Entrepreneurship students, the New Venture Creation module). During this module, we will cover topic selection and development, data management, research ethics and good academic practice.

Teaching sessions begin, and a research proposal is produced, in semester 2. The dissertation research and writing is carried out during semester 3.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours438.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

As this is a dissertation module, students work independently to carry out a research project with the guidance of an allocated supervisor.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive guidance/feedback during the meetings with their individual supervisor. They also have the opportunity to receive written feedback on a draft of their first three chapters of writing that may be submitted to the supervisors by a strict deadline around the half-way point of semester 3.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report2,000 word Dissemination report20.00
Essay or Dissertation10,000 word Dissertation80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

.Resit is 100% by the same method as above.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:16:23


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