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IB98Y - Dissertation (MSc Accounting & Finance)

  • Module code: IB98Y
  • Module name: Dissertation (MSc Accounting & Finance)
  • Department: Warwick Business School
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to allow students to synthesise, apply and extend the knowledge they have gained in the taught component of the programme. The identification and investigation of a current research topic will help to develop students’ theoretical and practical understanding of current problems in their area, as well as their research and communication skills. Emphasis will be placed on taking a critical approach to the assumptions of prior literature and the methodologies they adopt to address their research question.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject knowledge and understanding: Demonstrate an in-depth comprehension of the current literature in the topic area, including the boundaries of current knowledge and where these may be extended; Understand the limitations of knowledge and current technologies in their chosen area. Key skills: Use university/library resources to generate information/datasets for use in the project; Apply appropriate analytical methods to their research question; Construct and sustain an argument through a major piece of work.Cognitive skills: Critically review relevant literature leading to the formation of testable hypotheses; Develop, apply and interpret the outcome of appropriate tests of the hypotheses; Fully appreciate and thoroughly explain the limitations of the research project; be realistic in what conclusions can safely be drawn as a result of their own research.Subject-specific professional skills: Write a comprehensive research report of an advanced standard which clearly communicates the findings of the project.

Timetabled teaching activities

Total contact hours: 10 hours per student in research training classes, small groups or individual supervisory sessions.Module duration (weeks, if applicable): Term 3 plus summer writing-up.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: IB98Y-60)
A1 (Assessed work only) Thesis Proposal (1000 words) 10%
  Final Dissertation (12,000 words) 90%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • MSc in Accounting and Finance (N4N3) - Year 1
  • MSc in Accounting and Finance (N4N3) - Year 2