MBA Project: Research Pathway BUS5046P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The MBA Project offers three routes (start-up, research and industry) for students to synthesise, experiment with and apply their knowledge and expertise in managerial and organisational issues. The research pathway involves students delivering a monograph examining a theoretical or practical area of management. What is submitted is a major piece of individual and independent work.


Research methods covered through 24 hours of workshops and lectures, during both first and second terms.

Research Pathway: Approximately 10 weeks of self-directed research (following a conventional dissertation model). It includes time for individual supervision to be arranged between students and a supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Students must meet the requirements for progression to the MBA project based on the taught courses of the programmes as detailed in the Code of Assessment.

Excluded Courses





ILO being assessed

Course Aims

The MBA Project is a capstone module that enables students to apply the diverse knowledge and skills gained through the MBA programme to real-world problems. The aim is for students to navigate the hard and soft skills required to understand a challenging managerial problem, complete an industry challenge, or to create an innovative venture (start-up). Specifically, the aims of each pathway are:


Research Pathway: for students to analyse and synthesise cutting-edge business and management literature to solve a real-world or conceptual challenge.

Industry Pathway: to socialise students into a corporate setting and enable them to work on a live business problem at the strategic level, applying their expertise to develop an adoptable solution.

Start-up Pathway: to go through a rapid incubation process that supports students in the development, testing and pitching of an innovative entrepreneurial idea.


The specific focus of this proposal is the research pathway.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Provide a convincing argument that conveys to the audience in an appropriate way their solution to a business/management challenge.

2. Incorporate sufficient appropriate evidence in their evaluation of and argument for a business/management solution.

3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of a business/management approach and justify why its application is more effective than alternative approaches.

4. To demonstrate skill in using research databases and other academic and industry sources of information to structure and address a theoretical or practice-based problem

5. To design and operationalise appropriate research methodologies to answer research problems.

6. To effectively communicate results to academic and non-academic (e.g. industry) stakeholders through an oral presentation.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.