Research Project


A module in which the student demonstrates analysis and critical evaluation/discussion of a self-selected area of interest in their field of study.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with an understanding of theories, concepts and principles of research methodology and the range of methods for conducting research in accounting and finance and to use analytical, creative and judgemental skill in order to select, analyse and present a 7,000-word research project (minimum 6,300 words and maximum 7,700 words).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Prepare a proposal for the planned research project.

2.  Carry out a literature review in a way that assists in the refinement and shaping of research questions/hypothesis.

3.  Design a research methodology appropriate to their investigation.

4.  Analyse the data/information collected through that process to identify appropriate conclusions, using the application of knowledge, skills and abilities.

Indicative Content

1 Introduction to Research in Accounting and Finance

The nature and purpose of research, different types of research and their strengths and weaknesses; The main stages in the research process; Identifying/generating a research topic and setting research aim(s) and objectives; Developing and justifying a research strategy; Ethical issues in conducting research.

2 Reviewing Literature and Developing a Research Proposal

Students will gain an understanding of the purposes of a literature review and the main steps in conducting one; Searching, evaluating, organizing and synthesizing the relevant literature; Managing bibliographic records; Developing research questions, and identifying characteristics/attributes; Developing a research proposal.

3 Topic Selection

The topic will be agreed with the Research Project Co-ordinator.

4 Supervision

The student will be allocated an appropriate supervisor on confirmation of the field of study. Students must complete an appropriate ethical clearance and risk assessment form.

5 Developing and Presenting Research

Producing a research report in an appropriate format.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

15 hours of class contact will be scheduled to provide guidance for students in the development of their research project. Students will also work independently, guided by their supervisor. This module is almost entirely enquiry-based learning. Optional drop-in support sessions for data analysis will be scheduled.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 15
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 100
Independent 85

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.