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Dissertation in Management Studies (Applied) - MAN00164M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Dimitrios Georgakakis
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Semester 2023-24

Module aims

This individual study module gives you the opportunity to showcase the summation of the learning you have achieved throughout the year. You will focus on the development of professional skills and attributes based around a combination of group and individually based research by demonstrating and showcasing your mastery of the programme knowledge and skills by using the management frameworks and theories that you have learned in earlier modules

Based on the available data sources, this module provides an opportunity to undertake independent research into relevant issues applicable to organisations in the real world. The key focus is on applying academic techniques (e.g., shaping concepts, establishing theoretical connections, data analysis, and recommendations) and critical thinking to generate practice-oriented solutions. This will be finally written up to a report with a self-reflection on the experiential learning

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of this module will demonstrate that students are able to

  • Ability to independently author an extended piece of focused writing, longer than a module assessment, about a management or business topic

  • Ability to synthesise complex information to develop original findings with managerial implications

  • Demonstrate a mastery of information literacy skills by critically engaging with a range of sources

  • Understand how to draw upon secondary data to make original conclusions

  • Ability to critically apply academic theory, concepts and frameworks and evaluate its potential contribution to practice

  • Demonstrate enhanced collaboration skills and understand the value of collaborative working when solving problems

  • Reflexive understanding of strengths and weaknesses based on group work and the experience of developing an individual research project over an extended period.

  • Critically reflect upon the implications of research for managers and for your future career in management


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Open assessment (Individual Report + Self-reflection)
N/A 90
Presentation : Proposal Presentation (Individual)
N/A 10

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Open assessment (Individual Report + Self-reflection)
N/A 90
Presentation : Proposal Presentation (Individual)
N/A 10

Module feedback

Students will get formative feedback in each workshop. 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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