Module Details

BE850-7-SU-CO: Mba Project

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 60
ECTS credit: 30
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Supervisors will be allocated in the Spring Term
Teaching Staff: Nigel Pye, Hardy Thomas, Supervisors as allocated according to project need
Contact details: Siân Savage

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The outcome of the MBA Project is a written report of no more than 15,000 words in length, based upon a comprehensive understanding of the relevant literature and elements of primary as well as secondary data research you have conducted yourself. The MBA Project is led by a suitable management issue, problem or business opportunity which is critically discussed or evaluated with reference to existing research and primary as well as secondary data. An understanding of the academic debate and critical application of existing research (and the student's own research) to a case are key to the MBA Project. To help students select and address a suitable topic a series of Director's Workshops are run during the Autumn and Spring Terms, addressing current business issues, academic writing and global developments.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Including number and format of contact hours, e.g. lectures, seminars, classes, practicals
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Director's Workshops (see above) will help students decide on, focus and plan their research topics. These workshops, spread over Autumn and Spring terms, have 60 hours of contact time in all.

Students will be allocated a supervisor and each student should expect about 10 hours with their supervisor.


100 per cent Coursework Mark (Dissertation)

Other information

The MBA Project is CORE to the MBA Programme.


  • Clearly indicating essential and recommended / supplementary reading
  • Reading from across the taught modules of the course
  • Booth, W. C. G. G. Colomb, J. M. Williams, J. Bizup and W . T. Fitzgerald, (2016). The Craft of Research, 4th Ed. University of Chicago.
  • Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation, Palgrave Macmillan.

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