We teach using a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • IT based projects

The University of Dundee School of Business is committed to providing students with an exciting, meaningful, and interactive learning experience taking advantage of traditional and leading-edge learning technologies. This hybrid approach to education delivery, which includes both in-person and online material, has been adopted globally by top universities.

Our approach is flexible, attempting to meet the needs of all our domestic and international students. Moreover, our students are assured of an on-campus learning experience for all modules supplemented and complemented by state-of-the-art Cloud technology. A major advantage of ‘hybrid teaching’ is that it allows popular classes to remain small so that meaningful discussion and engagement between students and academics can occur.


You will be assessed by a combination of

  • coursework
  • exams
  • a dissertation


This course involves seven months of taught modules including Research Methods, Qualitative Methods in Social Research, Quantitative/Econometric Methods, Directed Reading and an optional module from the suite of modules offered within the School.

The choice of option will depend on the proposed area of research you wish to pursue and will be primarily literature based.

Core Modules

These modules are an essential part of your course.

Module code: BU52003 Credits: 40 Semester: Semester 2

This is a reading based module where you study relevant literature and analyse current issues and emerging topics in a Specialist Area of Business.

You will then discuss relevant readings with the lecturers in order to analyse current issues in an area and evaluate emerging topics associated with their research topic.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • read articles from different aspects of the literature in your specialist area
  • prepare written reports summarising your academic reading
  • discuss written reports with module lecturers at meetings
  • critically evaluate the contributions of different studies to research in your area
  • explore any gaps in the current literature.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • discuss the prior literature and specific setting where your topic is located
  • critically evaluate current and emerging issues in your specialist research area
  • understand the different methods and methodologies that have been employed in your area
  • comprehend differences in international evidence across the field.

Assignments / assessment

A choice between

  • 1x 2,000-4,000 words written piece of coursework (100%)


  • 2x 1,000-2,000 words written pieces of coursework (100%)

You will have the chance to discuss this choice with your research supervisor.

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

You should expect ten hours of in-person contact with your supervisor as the approach to teaching and learning is structured around a list of readings supplied at the start of the module.

Material covered in these sessions will underpin what you learn in the specialist research area that you have elected to concentrate on.

This is a level 5 module so a lot of the emphasis will be on guiding your own learning approaches.

Optional Modules

You need to choose one or more of these modules as part of your course.

Module code: BU11006 Credits: 10 Semester: Semester 1

Students will develop their academic English while working with material from their core business modules.

This is an English support module for international business students.

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