UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0135: MRes Research Project

Taught by
MRes SoM students only
Terms 1, 2, 3
Delivery method
Individual tutorials with thesis supervisor(s)
Final thesis 100%
Previous Module Code

Course overview

Students undertake an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member in one of the four research groups: Organisations & Innovation, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Analytics, or Operations & Technology. The aim of the MRes Research Project is for students to design and carry out a substantial piece of original research on a topic that is interesting for them. The specific project will be jointly decided by the students and their supervisor.

The research project will result in a thesis of 8,000-10,000 words. As an invaluable practice and preparation for submitting research manuscript for publication, students are required to submit the thesis in the form of a manuscript or an extended proposal submitted to a prestigious journal or a conference.

This is a heavily-weighted module, which reflects the importance of the research project within the overall MRes programme.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Extend problem-solving and critical reflection skills by identifying and developing well-reasoned research rationale and questions in management science and innovation
  • Critically review the relevant research literature. Apply/develop theories to chosen research problems.
  • Use/design appropriate methodologies to address research questions.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of research findings (including presentation, interpretation, limitations).
  • Produce a project thesis, in the form of a prestigious journal article or extended proposal.

Topics covered

  • Identifying an original research question
  • Critically reviewing related literature
  • Applying and developing relevant methodologies
  • Conducting analysis
  • Writing up and discussing the results and conclusions

Assessment summary

At the end of the module, students will produce a final thesis of 100%. The thesis will be evaluated by a committee of three faculty members including the students’ research supervisor, PhD programme director and a third faculty member who is an expert in this area.

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

  • Doing Postgraduate Research (2006), second edition, edited by Potter, Stephen. Sage Publications, London, England
  • Business Research Methods (2007) by Bryman, Alan and Bell, Emma. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.
  • Quasi-Experimentation: Design & Analysis Issues for Field Settings (1979), by Thomas D. Cook and Donald T. Campbell. Houghton Mifflin
  • Davis, Murray S (1971), That’s Interesting: Towards a Phenomenology of Sociology and a Sociology of Phenomenology, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1:4 (1971:Dec.) p.309

Past versions of this module

MSIN0135 18/19

MSINGR99 17/18

MSINGR99 16/17

Last updated Friday, 12 July 2019