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Dissertation - MAN00010M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lewis Ramsden
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The dissertation is a research-based activity involving sustained private study over a three-four month period, culminating in submission of a dissertation of not more than 12,000 words.
The aim of the dissertation is to develop students’ abilities to initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project, and to write-up the results of this.

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the dissertation will demonstrate that students are able to

  • Undertake a significant research project
  • Apply knowledge of research philosophy and methods
  • Undertake empirical research involving collection of primary data (where appropriate)
  • Undertake secondary analysis of existing data and information (where appropriate)
  • Critically analyse significant bodies of literature in the chosen topic area
  • Prepare and write a well-presented and substantial analytical report
  • Engage with ethical issues in undertaking research


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 90
Dissertation Proposal
N/A 10

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback from both examiners is released to students after the final exam board. In cases of a marginal fail where minor amendments are permitted, students will be given written guidance on the required amendments.

Indicative reading

Allan, B. (2009) Study Skills for Business and Management Students, Maidenhead, Open University/McGraw Hill
Brown, R. (2006 )Doing your dissertation in Business and Management, the reality of researching and writing, London, Sage

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