Skip to Content


Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Students in this course conduct independent research under the guidance of a supervisor. They can select their own dissertation topic or choose one of a range of topics offered by staff within Management Studies. Students undertake a qualitative and/or quantitative piece of empirical research and produce a dissertation at the end of the process. This course provides them with an opportunity to develop a range of generic and research-specific skills including critical thinking, argumentation, writing, time management, review of literature, research design, and data analysis.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Natasha Mauthner

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of GG3574 Research Design (Passed) or MS3549 Research Methods for Business (Passed) or MS3553 Research Methods for Business (Passed) or PI3066 Political Research in the Twenty-First Century (Passed) or SO3524 Social Research Methods (Passed)
  • Business Management (MS) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MS4539 Management Studies Dissertation (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Research project and data management; self-evaluation of learning; written communication skills. This course primarily consists of students' self-directing their own research project and writing it up. The project should be in an area related to business or management interpreted broadly. In particular, joint honours students may choose to do a dissertation covering aspects of both their chosen disciplines, provided there are staff in Management Studies willing and able to supervise it.

Further Information & Notes

Not available to students taking a similar dissertation or project course, for example, in the other discipline of their joint-honours degree programme. This course runs across the whole academic year.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

A dissertation of about 10000 words, including assessed poster presentation (100%).



Formative Assessment

This will take place through workshop discussions and through verbal feedback in meetings with the supervisor.


Written feedback is given on the project and self-assessment. Oral feedback is given in the meetings with supervisors. Written feedback is also provided to students following submission of a draft dissertation chapter approximately two months prior to the submission deadline for the final dissertation. Projects are submitted through MyAberdeen/Turnitin and are available to the external examiners.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.