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Dissertation in Accounting & Management (Applied) - MAN00155M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Claudia Gabbioneta
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Semester 2024-25

Module aims

This module is offered as an alternative to the Dissertation for Management Studies (Academic). It is intended to enable students to work independently and undertake and in-depth examination of an organisation of their choice. It will add to and build upon their learning from throughout the programme and will require them to produce a consultant report. This report will involve undertaking a financial analysis and strategic assessment for the selected organisation and writing a recommendation on how to run it more effectively and/or improve its financial performance in the future. The module will require students to collect secondary data from multiple data sources, to use existing databases, and to apply data analysis technique and critical thinking to come up with a recommendation.

Module learning outcomes

Students successfully taking this module will be able to:

Academic and graduate skills

  • Undertake a significant independent research piece.

  • Be able to identify relevant data sources and information.

  • Use existing databases to collect secondary data.

  • Understand how to draw upon existing secondary data to reach conclusions.

  • Synthesise complex information to provide a recommendation.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of the analyses conducted.

Skills-related learning outcomes

  • Apply appropriate analytical techniques and procedure to reach valid and reliable results.

  • Be able to critically engage with multiple sources of data.

  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills and produce logical and structured arguments.

  • Be able to self-organize and meet internal as well as external deadlines.

  • Demonstrate resilience by finishing this significant independent research piece.

Module content

As already mentioned (please see module aims), this module will add to and build upon students’ learning from throughout the programme in order for them to be able to produce a consultant report.

To do that, students will need to:

  • Select the organization they want to analyse.

  • Communicate the name of the selected organization to the module leader according to the timetable provided.

  • Collect secondary data about this organization from multiple data sources, including existing databases, if relevant.

  • Analyse the data they collected.

  • Use the data they collected and the analyses they ran to reach a conclusion.

  • Offer a recommendation on how to run the organization more effectively and/or improve its financial performance in the future.

  • Demonstrate a reflexive understanding of their strengths and weaknesses based on experience of developing an individual research project over an extended period, as well as consider the contribution of the dissertation to scholarship, policy, and practice.

While not allocated an individual supervisor, students will be supported by 10 (2 hours) workshops, 4 (2 hours) drop-in sessions, as well as by online materials.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay: Advancement presentation
N/A 10
Essay: Consultant report
N/A 90

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay: Advancement presentation
N/A 10
Essay: Consultant report
N/A 90

Module feedback

Students will get formative feedback during drop-in sessions. For the summative assignment, written feedback will be 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 and deadlines for submission in accordance with university regulations on reassessment and resubmission.

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