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WM009-60 Company Based Project

Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Lauren Schrock
Credit value
Module duration
26 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

The dissertation enables students to engage in an extended piece of company-based independent research, answering a question of relevance to the programme of study and their chosen organisation.

Module aims

The purpose of the module is to support students to conduct independent research within and/or about their company, which is communicated in a written dissertation. This project is an opportunity for students to develop their transferrable skills and subject knowledge with an aim to contribute to the improvement of company practices.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  • The nature of research
  • Research methods
  • Ethical considerations in research
  • Risk management of projects
  • Planning, managing and monitoring a research project
  • Structuring and writing a Masters dissertation
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a research question, consistent with the time and resource available to conduct the research and of significance to the chosen organisation.
  • Critically evaluate the body of research, synthesising ideas into a referenced literature review.
  • Select and apply appropriate research methods to suit the requirements of the defined research question.
  • Devise and perform an ethically responsible investigation, informed by the findings of previous researchers and efficiently utilising available resource.
  • Present findings in the dissertation with clarity, appropriately evaluating the confidence that should be placed in any findings and demonstrating the benefit of the work undertaken both academically and for the chosen organisation.
Research element

Students undertake a company based research project.


Depending on the nature of the project and the course undertaken, the research may encompass a combination of subjects and methods.


Depending on the nature of the project, the research may involve an analysis of company and/or industry practices in international contexts.

Subject specific skills

These skills will depend on the nature of the project and the course undertaken

Transferable skills

Academic Writing, Analysing data, Critical thinking, Searching the literature

Study time

Type Required
Project supervision 30 sessions of 1 hour (5%)
Private study 570 hours (95%)
Total 600 hours
Private study description

Students will conduct independent research and write a dissertation


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A3
Weighting Study time
Dissertation 100%

A 15,000-word dissertation; a viva may be required in addition to this for certain situations (pass/fail only)

Feedback on assessment

Written feedback


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