Research Portfolio

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
15 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N30212 Finance and Management,
MSC N30224 Finance and Management,
MSC N20012 Management,
MSC N20024 Management,
MSC N2E112 Management (International),
MSC N2E124 Management (International),
MSC N2E212 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E224 Management (Marketing),
MSC N2E312 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E324 Management (Leadership),
MSC N2E412 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications),
MSC N2E424 Management (Advertising and Corporate Communications)

Module description

The module consists of two main parts:
1. A formally taught 'research methods' module, in the Spring term, consisting of five timetabled lectures and five timetabled seminars;
2. A supervised dissertation, starting in the Summer term and continuing into the Summer vacation.

The module introduces students to the methodology and methods of research in the field of Management and Marketing. Students will become acquainted with some of the philosophical issues associated with research and develop an understanding of different approaches to research design, data collection, and analysis. The module explores a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, utilising case studies to illustrate the suitability of these methods for research projects. The ethical questions raised by research are explored.
During the supervised project you will undertake secondary or case study research.
Practical aspects of the research process are examined including the skills required to evaluate published research, organise and undertake a research project within the body of relevant knowledge, and make practical and actionable recommendations.

Module aims

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary guidance to undertake, with guidance, independent research in the fields of Management and Marketing.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Appreciate the ways in which management and marketing research is located in the broader corpus of the social sciences;
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and techniques of research design and method;
3. Identify, evaluate, and apply a range of research methods;
4. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data and present the results in a clear and consistent format.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The taught part of the module will be delivered in the Spring term, in five 3-hour lectures that will give an overview of the key themes that are designed to facilitate your own independent thinking. There will also be five 2-hour seminars to provide in-depth work and additional guidance on the development of your coursework. During the Summer term through to the end of your course (September 2020) you will undertake a research project, typically a secondary analysis of existing data. Each of the lecturers has academic support hours every week, which you can find on the EBS PGT Moodle page. During these academic support hours, you will be welcome to come and discuss various aspects of the module or your assessment.


  • Bryman, Alan; Bell, Emma. (2015) Business research methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Dissertation Choice Form    0% 
Coursework   Mini Proposal (700 words)    10% 
Coursework   In depth proposal (2,300 words)    20% 
Coursework   Research Project    70% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Simon Carmel, email:
Simon Carmel, Neeru Malhotra, Sandra Moog, Beatrice Piccoli



External examiner

Dr Hsiao-Pei Yang
Coventry University
Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Dr Katarzyna Zdunczyk
University of Surrey
Senior Teaching Fellow, Deputy Head of Postgraduate Programmes
Dr Ron Kerr
University of Edinburgh
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 32 (80%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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