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MN50327: MSc dissertation

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 30 [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 600
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Dissertation period
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Essay Writing Skills (CW 0%)
  • Individual Report (CW 0%)
  • Dissertation (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The objective of the dissertation is to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught part of the course upon a specific issue of interest. The dissertation should provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue, normally (although not always) involving an empirical analysis of the topic being investigated. Although the dissertation is likely to be empirical in nature and will probably involve the use of econometric modelling. In undertaking the dissertation the student, using the analytical skills and techniques she has acquired, sets out to investigate a question/issue/problem of interest. It is the analytical and critical elements that are of value rather than the 'descriptive' perspectives.

Learning Outcomes: Before embarking upon the dissertation students:
* identify possible research topics for their MSc dissertation;
* see the limits of the current knowledge in accounting and finance;
* evaluate proper methods to increase the knowledge in accounting and finance.
Upon completion of the dissertation, students should be able to demonstrate:
1) An understanding and a critical awareness of the relevant theoretical and/or empirical literature on the topic under consideration.
2) Enhanced skills of written communication so that the results/conclusions are clearly communicated to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
3) An enhanced ability to evaluate econometric/statistical techniques and/or methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
4) Self-direction and originality in the application of theory and techniques, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Accounting and Finance.

Skills: Abstract reasoning; Analysis, deduction and induction; Quantification and design; Framing.
Transferable skills: Written communication and presentation; Numeracy; Use of information technology; Time management and planning; Independent learning ability.

Content: Before embarking on the writing of the dissertation students are exposed seminars on essay writing skills in semester 1 and to specific research issues and methodologies in semester 2.
For MSc in Finance and Banking in order to cover sufficient Banking-related material in the programme, students on this programme must select a topic in the field of Banking (i.e. not Finance).

Programme availability:

MN50327 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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