Work-based project

The Work-based project will draw on elements of learning from different parts of the programme and demonstrate students’ insight into and understanding of management practice in the context of their own organisation. 

The module provides an academic structuring for a workplace research project. It supports students in negotiating the complexity of undertaking such a project using appropriate methodology, and develops students’ ability to function as independent, critically evaluative researchers. The module enables students to understand and act on inter-relationships in the context in which their practice is located, and supports students in the recognition of structural factors and uncertainties and the ability to work effectively with these. 

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include: 

  • Identifying a research topic 
  • Preparing a research proposal 
  • Writing a critical literature review 
  • Designing the research 
  • Ethics 
  • Analysing and presenting qualitative data 
  • Analysing and presenting quantitative data 
  • Organising and presenting the project 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to:  

  • demonstrate an applied understanding of how established techniques of enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. 
  • deal effectively with complex issues from both an academic and a professional perspective. 
  • critically interrogate and interpret concepts and data.   
  • recognise and address the ethical issues involved in researching their own context. 
  • make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 
  • recognise the implications of their findings and evaluate these in terms of future professional activities. 


  • Research proposal (30% weighting)  
  • Final project (70% weighting)