Research Project (MSc Sustainable Finance and Accounting) (123N1)

45 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

The purpose of the dissertation is to demonstrate that the student has the ability to work independently; understands and can integrate and apply theories and concepts from across the programme; can conduct research at a postgraduate level and can interpret and apply research findings. This means that the dissertation/project must be firmly set in a theoretical framework and will normally seek to test explore an issue in depth using an inductive approach, or develop and test a hypothesis, or evaluate a theory against a case. It should go beyond description to provide critical analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and application. It will draw upon the concepts and techniques discussed in the Research Methods module.

Conducting research independently is one of the most challenging and rewarding components of the MSc in Sustainable Finance and Accounting. The examiners are concerned with whether you have demonstrated an understanding of the topic and its associated literature and have carefully planned, conducted, analysed and interpreted your research.


20%: Coursework (Test)
80%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 429 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.