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 opportunity to use analytical, creative and judgemental skills in order to select, analyse and present a 10,000-word dissertation (minimum 9,000 words and maximum 11,000 words).

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Carry out research and produce a proposal and subsequent dissertation detailing the investigation and justifying appropriate conclusions and recommendations.

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

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 Accounting and finance research methods

Students will gain an understanding of the principal research methods used in academic accounting and finance literature.

2 Topic Selection and Supervision

The topic will be agreed with the Honours Dissertation Co-ordinator. The student will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor on confirmation of the field of study. Students must complete an appropriate ethical clearance and risk assessment form.

3 Conclusions, recommendations and proposals for further research

Students are expected to provide a clear summary of the main issues covered in their dissertation and to reconsider their research objectives to see the extent to which they have met them and consider the limitations of their research and suggest proposals for further research.

4 Developing and Presenting Research

Carry out a critical reflection and produce a research report in the form of a dissertation.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

After the successful completion of the Research Methods Module, GRS501 taught in S2, students would have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake research and produce a dissertation. There is no formal teaching identified for this module. Students will develop their research in discussion with their supervisor and will conduct their research independently, guided by their supervisor as required and appropriate. Details of project supervision are set out in the dissertation handbook.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 400
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 4
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 150
Independent 246

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.