MNGT 575: Dissertation
The dissertation is a substantial piece of independent work where you apply research techniques and relevant theory to a research topic on international business. This can be an area which has attracted attention during the course of your studies or may be linked to an aspect of your professional working experience.
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MSc International Business, 2000
The MNGT 575 Dissertation course starts in the Summer Term and has two components:
This course provides the taught component of the Dissertation and is designed to equip you with the additional research techniques and analytical tools necessary to undertake your extended Summer research project. This course runs in the first weeks of the Summer Term and covers a range of topics relevant to advanced research: research philosophy and methodology, research ethics, qualitative and quantitative research, case-studies and research topics in International Business. Assessment consists of a 1,500-word extended Dissertation research proposal that incorporates an outline structure, methodological discussion and initial literature review of your chosen research topic.
This component consists of an extended piece of supervised independent research of around 15,000 words on a topic relating to some aspect of International Business. You choose your topic in the Lent Term under the direction of the MSc Director and often after discussion with MSc faculty. The focus of the Dissertation is normally on issues raised in the core International Business courses but may tackle areas of interest revealed in other core and/or optional courses that you wish to investigate in further depth.
Initial work on the Dissertation is assessed as part of the Research Methodology component. Dissertations are expected to demonstrate an awareness of the relevant critical theoretical and empirical literature utilising qualitative and/or quantitative methods to provide an original analysis of the topic under consideration. Student Dissertations are supervised wherever possible by the MSc International Business faculty with specialist knowledge of the chosen topic.