The dissertation module requires students to carry out valid, independent, small scale research, developing key skills in data and information gathering, evaluation, analysis and communication, in a business related area. The module develops and applies the techniques and principles of research learned in the Level 5 Research Methods module enhancing students’ critical and interpretative capabilities. The outcome is a report of some 10,000-12,000 words.
The course team strongly supports the inclusion of the dissertation as evidence of the higher skills gained through an undergraduate programme. It allows students to build on particular interests and experience gained over their course of study, allowing them to test theory and apply knowledge. Research skills are seen as important to self-development and employability, and are eminently transferable to the workplace. The dissertation offers the student considerable autonomy and the opportunity to take responsibility for a very individual and stretching piece of work at final honours degree level.