MBA Project

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MBA N20012 The Essex MBA,
MBA N20E24 The Essex Executive MBA,
MBA N20E36 The Essex Executive MBA

Module description

The MBA Project is a significant, self-directed piece of work involving a 'hands on' live project that enables you to consolidate and deepen your MBA learning while pursuing avenues of personal or professional relevance.

The MBA Project is led by a suitable management issue, problem or business opportunity which is critically discussed or evaluated with reference to existing research and primary, as well as secondary data. An understanding of the academic debate and critical application of existing research (and the student's own research) to a case, are key to the MBA Project.

The outcome of the MBA Project is a written report of no more than 10,000 words in length, based upon a comprehensive understanding of the relevant literature and elements of primary as well as secondary data research that you have conducted yourself

Module aims

The aim of the MBA Project is to consolidate your MBA learning and demonstrate an ability to design, plan, lead and manage a significant, self directed piece of work of relevance to an organisational setting.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Show an appreciation of current business and global issues

• Design, lead and manage a project aimed at addressing a clearly identified business and/or management issue

• Scope the project and design a proposal

• Understand methodologies to help structured thinking, and the techniques for effective project management.

• Make a reasoned and critical selection of information sources, analytical tools and techniques appropriate to the specific issue being investigated

• Identify and understand ethical issues in management research

• Synthesise and apply knowledge from multiple course modules to a business problem

• Analyse, evaluate, and present a coherent extended argument

• Evaluate and recommend appropriate courses of action

• Manage relationships with a client – including managing risk, productive relationships, expectations, handling problems, barriers to implementation, evaluation. Understand the protocols, expectations and outcomes of engaging with organisations as clients.

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

* The research and distillation of current information.
* The ability to carry out primary research based on a justifiable method to find out new information.
* The ability to write clearly and concisely to convey ideas to others.

Indicative Lecture Programme

The MBA Project is supported by 5 one-day workshops in the Spring and Summer terms, each focusing on a particular aspect of the project

Spring term
* Negotiating and scoping your project (2 days)
* Generating Insights through research methods (2 days)

Summer term
* Writing for impact and evidencing value (1 day)

Additionally in the Summer Term there are one-to-one supervisory meetings tailored to each student for their specific project.

Learning and teaching methods

Director's Workshops (see above) will help students decide on, focus and plan their research topics. Students will be allocated a supervisor and each student should expect about 10 hours with their supervisor.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework MBA Project 75%

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Nicolas Forsans, Hardy Thomas, Supervisors as allocated according to project need



External examiner

Dr Bidit Dey
Brunel University London
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (100%) hours available to students:
0 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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