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Dissertation in Management Studies (Academic) - MAN00158M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Adrian Madden
  • 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

The module requires students to conduct an academic research on a contemporary organisation or management issue. It involves sustained private study over semester 3, culminating in submission of a dissertation. The aim of the module is to develop and demonstrate abilities to design and implement an independent academic research project, and to write-up the results .The dissertation will provide an in depth and critical review of the relevant research literature and a critical consideration of methods and methodology used to investigate the issue, presentation of research findings and a critical discussion of these.

By undertaking a longer piece of sustained research and writing, students will demonstrate: critical analytical skills; ability to gather data and draw together information from a range of sources; writing and presentational skills; and subject-specific knowledge. As this is a self-study module, you will also draw on the skills that you have acquired throughout your degree, including self-management, working to deadlines, and subject knowledge.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Undertake a significant enquiry into a contemporary issue relating to Management studies.

  • Critically analyse significant bodies of literature in the chosen topic area

  • Apply knowledge of research/information search strategies and organisational methods

  • Engage with ethical issues in undertaking research

  • Analyse appropriate data and present findings clearly

  • Prepare and write a well-presented and substantial academic dissertation

  • Critically reflect on the research skills and their relationship to future development and employability

Module content

In preparing the dissertation students will:

  • Critically engage with relevant literature in relation to their named degree

  • Identify a meaningful research question/topic/problem

  • Engage with the key issues and questions arising in the topic area

  • Identify and deploy an appropriate research methodology

  • Collect and analyse data (where appropriate)

  • Extrapolate key findings


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
Essay : Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
Essay : Dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.

Indicative reading

  • Bryman, A. (2008) Social Research Methods (3rd edn). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Bryman, A., Bell, E. and Harley, B. (2019) Business Research Methods (5th edn). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Buchanan, D. A. and Bryman, A. (Eds.) (2009) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods. London: Sage.

  • Cameron, S., & Price, D. (2009) Business Research Methods: A practical approach. London: Kogan Page Publishers.

  • Marschan-Piekkari, R. and Welch, C (Eds.) (2004) Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business. London: Edward Elgar Publishing:

  • Neuman, W.L. (2011) Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Boston and London: Pearson Education

  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2019) Research Methods for Business Students (8th edn). London: Pearson.

  • Symon, G. and Cassell, C. (2012) Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Current Challenges. London: Sage.

  • Thomas, G. (2016). How to do your Case Study, 2nd edn. London: Sage.

  • Yin, R. K. (2013) Case Study Research: Design and Methods (5th edn). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.