Postgraduate taught 

Management with International Finance MSc

Project (MSc Management with HR) MGT5358P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course allows students to appraise several interconnected taught elements from the programme and apply these to a real world business and management problem in order to formulate recommendations that could be applied in response to the brief.


Students undertaking the project will be required to work in a group to gather evidence and conduct research and to use this research to deliver a group video presentation and individual reports.


Students undertaking the dissertation will work individually to deliver a substantial business research exercise on an approved topic demonstrating the appropriate selection and application of tools and research methods from the programme and use these to discuss implications and formulate recommendations.


Students are supported by compulsory research methods, academic writing, group work lectures and tutorials in semester 1 which are then followed up again and combined with reflective writing during the project/dissertation away day at the end of semester 2.


Students will choose to complete either the project or the dissertation.


The first part of the course (Research Methods) is structured around lectures, self-study online research methodology modules and face-to-face tutorials of 2 hours each which take place in Semester 2. The Project is carried out during the summer months, between June and August, and is supported through a project away day where students are briefed on the project, ways of working and the format of the group and individual requirements of the project which is then followed by 5 supervision meetings between the student and his or her supervisor during that period.

Excluded Courses





The project will be assessed through one group output and 2 individual reports as follows:





Word Length/Duration




20 minutes

Individual Project Report



6,000 words

Individual Reflective Report



2,000 words


25% - Viva - where students present the recommendations in response to the business challenge.


60% - Individual Project report of 6,000 words that will include a methodology of the group project and which then explains and justifies the groups key decisions and solutions. The narrative should be solidly grounded in extant academic literature demonstrating the ability to apply academic knowledge to the solution of the strategic business challenge.


15% - Individual reflective report of 2,000 words reflecting on the overall learning outcomes and the process of working as part of a team on a predetermined business challenge. This should focus on the lessons learned from bringing together theory in response to a practical business challenge.


All elements of assessment should normally be submitted before the end of August.

Course Aims

This course aims to lay the foundations for and contribute to the development of students' capacity to design and carry out research in Business and Management. The taught element of the course aims to enable students to develop effective business research skills (evident, for example, in the review of the literature, data sourcing & collection, investigation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, weighing evidence and reaching sound conclusions). The course also aims to teach skills that are used to deliver a substantial business research exercise demonstrating the appropriate selection and application of tools and research methods from the programme which are then used to formulate recommendations and communicate research outcomes to a professional standard.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Evaluate a business and management brief in order to assess and determine a strategic challenge as outlined by the company;

2. Evaluate business research approaches and select the most appropriate, critically acknowledging its strengths and weaknesses;

3. Construct aims and objectives for a group business project that effectively address challenges drawn from a company briefing;

4. Critically review the literature relating to a specific area or issue and then apply academic knowledge from the program to formulate the solution of practical strategic challenges faced by a business;

5. Critically evaluate data and provide a succinct presentation of that analysis;

6. Formulate innovative solutions within the constraints set by the business brief;

7. Report competently the findings produced by the business research project and discuss their implications as well as any limitations and ethical considerations. The written report should be solidly grounded in extant academic literature demonstrating the ability to apply academic knowledge to the solution of a strategic business challenge;

8. Work constructively in a group under time pressure and solve potential conflicts within the team.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic Regulations apply.

Students must attend all lectures and tutorials and submit the required assessment by specific deadlines.

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.