ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code ULMS604
Coordinator Dr C Wolf
Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Summer (June-September) 60

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 4


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 581


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Dissertation There is a resit opportunity Standard University penalties apply Not marked anonymously    100       


Students must demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon and competently apply the research methods skills acquired in preceding modules of the MRes both with respect to their own self-directed project as well as already published data.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Undertake a significant research project into a question of their own design

(LO2) Pursue self-directed and independent research

(LO3) Review the literature, design a thought- through study, and collect, analyse and interpret their data

(LO4) Undertake the research required to begin a doctoral thesis

(LO5) Clearly structure and present data, construct and cogent argumentation and provide summaries of complex points

(LO6) Appreciate why social science research matters and the ways it might contribute to human lives

(LO7) Appreciate the importance of ethical research practice

(S1) Adaptability - In order to produce an effective Dissertation within the available time frame, students will need to demonstrate adaptability in their research design and approach. Challenges faced and adaptability should be evidenced in the 'Methods' section of student Dissertations.

(S2) Problem-solving - In order to produce a strong Dissertation, students will be expected to gather and synthesise complex information, analysing alternative perspectives and considering different options in a critical manner.

(S3) Numeracy (depending on the method used) - Where relevant, this will be assessed by the collection and analysis of quantitative data, presented in their Dissertations.

(S4) Commercial awareness - Students will demonstrate a current, up-to-date understanding of the real-world business context and issues related to their chosen research focus as part of their Dissertation

(S5) Organisational skills - This will be evident in students' management of their research project in a way the enables them to meet the Dissertation submission deadline

(S6) Communication skills - This will be assessed by the production of a 20,000 word Dissertation

(S7) IT skills - This will be evident by the production of an effectively word processed Dissertation, alongside the demonstration of the use of other software (as relevant) for the analysis and effective presentation of their research data, findings, and analysis (e.g. SPSS, NVIVO, EXCEL)

(S8) International awareness - Students will demonstrate a critical understanding and awareness of International research in their chosen discipline as part of their Dissertation. Where relevant, they will also demonstrate an understanding of the international contexts in which their research (and the research of those that make up part of their Literature Review) was conducted

(S9) Lifelong learning skills - This will be evident in the production of a critically reflective and analytical research-based Dissertation

(S10) Ethical awareness (taught and assessed) - Ethical awareness is focused upon in the taught component of this module, with a particular emphasis on discussions around the completion of the online ethics training and the subsequent completion of an Ethics application for research projects. This will be assessed by the completion of a successful Dissertation which adheres to ethical principles of research.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures x 4 hours

The Dissertation is a self-directed and independent research project.

Students will receive an initial overview in terms of what is required, and related research project guidance, from the module leader within one scheduled session. This will be followed by the opportunity for a one-to-one virtual drop-in session for each student to discuss, and receive individualized support for, their research projects.

Further guidance and formative feedback throughout the module will be received from individual Dissertation supervisors.

Supervision x 15 hours

Self-directed learning x 581 hours

Students are expected to use the self-directed learning hours to review the literature pertinent to their chosen research focus, develop and refine research questions as a result of this, review the methodological literature to prepare a suitable methodological approach to answer their research questions, to complete the online ethics training (follow ing guidance provided in the initial taught component of the module) and complete their ethics application form (where relevant). Following this, students should use this time to virtually collect and analyse data according to their suggested and approved research design.



Dissertation structure, content and timeframe

Ethical consideration and applying for Ethical Approval

One to one feedback and support

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.