Module code: MAN3207

Module Overview

The module allows students to undertake a substantial piece of individual research work spanning two semesters (semesters 1 and 2) in the field of discipline of study, using skills drawn from the undergraduate programme. Students undertake research method lessons in semester 1, and supervision spans semesters 1 and 2. Research in Business requires collecting appropriate data to solve the identified research question. Qualitative and quantitative approaches (such as historical research method, systematic, comprehensive literature review, surveys, case study, critical evaluation & analysis, netnography-online content analysis) are acceptable methods, subject to the supervisor's expertise and choice.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 406

Lecture Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 10

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 4

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Students will have the opportunity to identify a topic area of interest to develop through their research project, which must be relevant to their programme of study. The module consists of a taught element focused on understanding appropriate research methodologies and self-directed study and research, with guidance from the module tutor(s)/supervisor. 


Indicative content includes: 

  • Research question formulation  

  • Contextual & theoretical background  

  • Methodology (quantitative or qualitative) 

  • Analysis & discussion (primary or secondary data) 

  • Conclusion and research implication 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Research Proposal 20
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test MCQ Test 20
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) Research Report 60

Alternative Assessment

Alternative Assessment is Research Proposal, Research Report is Individual coursework

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy allows students to demonstrate knowledge in the research method. To work individually and demonstrate capabilities to identify a suitable research topic, write individual research proposals, and write individual business research reports based on academic literature and data analysis, answering research questions.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of : 

  • Research proposal (1,000 words) 

  • MCQ Test 60 mins 

  • Individual research report (7,000 words)


Formative assessment and feedback 

  • Dialogic feedback on a research proposal 

  • Dialogic feedback with the module tutor(s)/supervisor on the development and completion of the research project during semesters 1 and 2 

  • Written feedback on the summative assessment 

Module aims

  • to support students to critically evaluate and extend existing academic work and knowledge.
  • to support students to acquire different research skills to connect theory to practice.
  • to support students to conceptualise research questions and produce a systematic review of the existing literature.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Formulate and justify a suitable research topic relevant to an undergraduate degree; KC
002 A comprehensive literature review of existing literature to identify and justify key questions and relevant theoretical concepts; KC
003 Analyse appropriate data to draw reasonable conclusions; CPT
004 Communicate high-quality written findings clearly and effectively in a well-structured report following conventions of academic research. 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 is designed to:  

  • Develop the students' ability to conduct Research in Business;

  • Develop an understanding of relevant research methodologies;

  • E-resources include lectures, weblinks, and instructional materials. 

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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Other information

Employability: This module provides students the opportunity to engage with a contemporary business issue of their choice, allowing them to expand and update their disciplinary knowledge while developing problem solving, analytical and critical skills that are used in practice.  

Resourcefulness and Resilience: Throughout the module, students need develop their resourcefulness and resilience in order to approach and solve complex business problems, but also to communicate their arguments in a coherent and robust way.  

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Business Management (SII DUFE) BSc (Hons) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2025/6 academic year.