Module code: MANM363

Module Overview

This is a capstone project, which enables students to demonstrate their ability to bring the knowledge and skills acquired during the entire programme to practice in a holistic way. Students choose one of the three options below:

  • Business Plan – students may want to start their own business and this project can be the first step on that journey. The business plan will have to be actionable and will be judged on how compelling it makes the case for the entrepreneur or the venture capitalist.;

  • Consultancy Project–  students may prefer to work on live business problems to find solutions. A consultancy will have to be actionable by the client and will be judged on the added value that the customer receives from the consultancy. The client can be corporate, public or third sector;

  • Management Research Project – Focusing on a wider practical or theoretical issue in a specific industry and investigating the research problem rooted in theoretical frameworks and concepts.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 250

Lecture Hours: 15

Guided Learning: 35

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Methodology and methods

  • Management evaluation techniques

  • Scenario analysis

  • Client added value

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) INTEGRATIVE APPLIED PROJECT (10,000 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills developed during the MBA to real scenarios

Summative assessment 

The Integrative Applied Project, which should be no more than 10,000 words, assesses the student's ability to integrate and apply multi-disciplinary content to real world scenarios.

Formative assessment

There is an ongoing process of formative assessment through the one-to-one interactions between student and supervisor.


There is an ongoing process of feedback through the one-to-one interactions between student and supervisor.

Module aims

  • to address real problems and propose valuable, actionable solutions
  • to identify opportunities for corporate, public or third sector organisations and present them in an actionable and compelling way
  • to integrate learning and content from across the entire MBA programme in pursuit of a specific objective

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Design and deliver structured plans of applied research to address an applied management problem based upon theoretically informed choices about the research designs, techniques and procedures to be followed (C, T) CT
002 Recognise the importance of undertaking research ethically KPT
003 Make informed decisions in the choice of analytical tools and managerial models to evaluate situations and propose solutions KCT
004 Conduct applied research in a systematic, rigorous, critically reflective manner using appropriate primary and secondary data collection methods and quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques effectively PT
005 Report solutions and plans of action in a format that is appropriate to the intended audience PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy for the Management Research component of the module is designed to encourage students to think critically about their role as providers of solutions or enablers of opportunities for stakeholders in the corporate, public or third sectors.. The University’s virtual learning environment (SurreyLearn) will be used to support student learning by providing them with, alongside teaching materials, formative materials and additional resources and links to useful websites. The teaching and learning strategy for the project component is designed to allow the students to take responsibility for their own learning and progress, supported by individual supervision during which students will be able to explain, discuss and refine their particular ideas (including organisation specific research problems) with their supervisor through regular supervision.


The learning and teaching methods include:

1.    Compulsory workshop and surgeries designed to develop report writing skills

2.    Student-led class discussions and research scenarios are used to put theory into application and transform the acquired knowledge into practice3.    One-on-one supervision


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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Master of Business Administration MBA(CORE) 2 Core 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 2021/2 academic year.