Business and Management Dissertation

Business and Management Dissertation

Year: 2018-19
Course code: MGT4002P
Course credits: 30
Dissertation co-ordinator: Dr Katherine Duffy
Entry requirements: Admission to an honours programme in Business & Management.
Available to visiting students:No
Contact for more information: Cherisse McLaren


The dissertation is unique in that all the other elements of the programmes are taught courses.  The dissertation is a piece of independent work, a coherent written description of a research study in which the research objectives, relationship to other scholarly work, methodology and strategies employed and the results obtained are identified, analysed and evaluated. It is compulsory for all Single Honours students.  Joint Honours students can choose to undertake a dissertation in Business & Management or their other subject. Those writing a dissertation in Business & Management must take the Research Methods course in year 3.


The dissertation is required to be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length.  Preparation should begin before the spring vacation of junior Honours, when students submit a dissertation proposal, either submitting the proposal that they have already worked on as part of the Research Methods course, or those who wish to change their topic, must submit a short outline of 100-150 words.  Students must also comply with a number of deadlines during the research/writing process. Students will participate in a timetabled away day at the start of their Senior Honours year.  There will be six Research Skills Top-Up sessions timetabled between October and March.  The hour long sessions will be designed to be informal, practical and general skills refreshers that are required for the dissertation process. These are designed to complement supervision meetings and cover general questions around the research process.  Supervisor meetings will also be arranged at the mutual convenience of supervisors and students.