Module code: MANM396

Module Overview

The Applied Research Project is a core module to all MBus programmes and is the final element of the programme, providing an opportunity for the student to undertake substantial piece of independent research. It allows students to concentrate on a topic of particular interest to them and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme particularly the Research Methods (MANM169) and International Business Investigation (MANM008) modules. It also gives an opportunity for students to work under close individual supervision with an academic member of staff.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

BRABON Benjamin (SBS)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 450

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Research Methods MANM169 International Business Investigation MANM008

Module content

Students will identify a topic area of interest that they wish to develop further through their applied research project. This must be relevant to their pathway of study. On the basis of this topic, students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide their work. The module is, independent to the extent that it is based largely on self-directed study and research; it will take place during the Spring semester.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

Assessment Strategy: The student is assessed entirely on the basis of their written research project. The assessment criteria will be available in the Applied Research Project Module Handbook which will be provided to all students. All Projects are checked for plagiarism using an electronic plagiarism detection system.

Module aims

  • The module is designed to allow students to: undertake substantial piece of independent research within their chosen pathway; demonstrate an ability to select and define and focus upon an issue at an appropriately high level; develop and apply relevant methodologies rigorously in the design of their research project; collect and analyse data (which may be from a variety of sources and using a variety of methods); highlight any theoretical implications and develop practical recommendations and logical conclusions on the basis of their findings; be aware of the limitations of their research. The students will also be expected to demonstrate an awareness of the ethical requirements and any ethical dilemmas that arise in their research.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Developed an in depth understanding and insight of a relevant topic of specific interest; C
002 Demonstrated critical engagement with existing literature relevant to their topic; C
003 Demonstrated an ability to use appropriate research methodologies and to justify their use; C
004 Demonstrated the ability to collect and analyze data, present their findings, and relates these to existing knowledge; C
005 Demonstrated an ability to critically evaluate the research literature and their findings to produce sound conclusions on the basis of evidence; C
006 Shown an ability to identify modifications to existing knowledge structures and theoretical frameworks (where appropriate);
007 Awareness of the limitations of their study, and be able to identify new areas for investigation/new problems/new or alternative applications or methodological approaches;
008 Applied and synthesized relevant concepts, models, theories and research methods covered in the taught part of the programme;
009 Demonstrated the ability to present a major piece of original and high level work based on self-directed research

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module commences in the Spring Semester, and is completed by early June of the same year.

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the students’ ability to conduct and report independent research within their chosen pathway. It builds on the Research Methods and Applied Research Methods International Business Investigation modules, allowing students to gain experience of applying some of the principles and methods learned. Included in the strategy is the development of a research proposal to help students develop, articulate and operationalize their ideas.

The teaching and learning methods include regular supervision and support by an experienced tutor in more generic aspects of the process. Students will submit chapters to their supervisor and attend meetings to discuss the work and the tutor’s feedback.

The supervisor will comment and provide feedback on one complete draft of the student’s work prior to submission for examination.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Business Management MBus 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management MBus 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Marketing) MBus 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.