Accountancy and Finance Dissertation module (BU40005)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake supervised, independent research into a topic of their choice.

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For your dissertation you research and write a 10,000 word piece of work.

It gives you the chance to develop skills for employment as well as considering future postgraduate study to develop the topic.

Final year students may opt to write a dissertation which should contain an element of original research which may be achieved through reflection and reading or through the collection of primary or secondary data. The dissertation module is completed over both semesters.

You are free to consider a wide range of topics, subject to approval on the basis of the supervisory expertise of available staff in the School, the feasibility of the topic within the timescale of the programme, and the extent to which the topic supplements and extends knowledge gained from following the particular programme of study.

A module handbook with guidelines is available to help you with the process of preparing and completing a dissertation. You will have access to the handbook upon starting the module in September.

The handbook sets out the initial objectives and requirements of the dissertation, advises on dissertation preparation, outlines formatting and submission arrangements, and details the assessment criteria.

You should use the module handbook, alongside the programme handbook, and the advice of your Supervisor.

Assignments / assessment

Research Proposal (10%)

  • Due in week 8 of semester 1

Draft Chapter (10%)

  • Due in week 10 of semester 1

Final Report (80%)

  • Due in April of semester 2

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You will participate in a small number of group meeting throughout the year on topics including:

  • getting started
  • designing a poster
  • delivering a poster presentation
  • taking stock and planning for submission

You will also have an individual dissertation supervisor who will give you tailored advice as you progress. Any alteration to your dissertation topic should be made in collaboration with your supervisor and the ethical implications considered.

You are expected to meet or have contact with your supervisor at intervals throughout the dissertation process. Although individual instances will vary, you are permitted six substantive consultations of approximately 30 minutes with your supervisor.

Supervision may be provided through group or individual meetings. It is your responsibility to arrange these meetings, to come prepared and to use the time effectively.


This module is available on following courses: