MQF Level 7

30 Credits (ECTS)


October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
30 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

The dissertation is a compulsory element of the MSc in Management.

The aim of it is to produce an original piece of research work on a clearly defined topic.

Additionally, it is to enable the student to develop more in-depth knowledge, understanding, capabilities and attitudes in the context of the programme of study.

Guidelines: It is the most substantial piece of independent research work done by the student and may not be below 22,000 words and not to exceed 25,000 words.

The dissertation must be submitted for examination upon completion of all required modules.

(It is pre-requisite that all required the necessary courses have been passed – 7 core and 3 electives)

Dissertation submission will be done made via an online portal that has its plagiarism detection tool installed.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • a Level 6 degree; 


  • a Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a supervisory or managerial role. 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to the study programme and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management 


Target Audience

This course is targeted at management professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience such as:  

  • Operations Manager/ Coordinator 
  • Financial Manager 
  • Supply Chain Manager 
  • Shop Floor Manager/ Supervisor 
  • Marketing and Sales Manager 
  • Services Manager/ Supervisor. 
  • Retail Managers/ Supervisors 
  • Transport Managers 
  • Maintenance Managers 
  • Marketing Managers 

The target group focuses primarily on people already employed within supervisory and managerial roles who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to progress further in their careers. 

Module / Unit Instruction

The student is to produce an original piece of research on a clearly defined topic. It is the most substantial piece of independent research work done by the student and may not be shorter than 22,000 words and not to exceed 25,000 words.

The student will receive the support of the assigned Dissertation Supervisor during that period.

Supervised time is 10 hours. Student can meet with supervisor face to face, via Skype or communicate via email or phone calls.

Dissertation Supervisors will be industry professionals and practitioners with related experience.

Role of Dissertation Supervisor: 

  • Help decide the topic of the dissertation and advise about primary and secondary reading.
  • Help with formulating ideas and hypotheses.
  • Discuss the progress of work with students
  • Offer guidance on the proposed structure.
  • Require students to produce drafts of sections or chapters of the dissertation.
  • Offer feedback on some of the student drafts, which you can then revise.
  • Advise about the organisation of dissertation into sections or chapters.
  • Advise about matters of presentation, such as the title page, contents page, pagination, footnoting and bibliography.

Additionally, the student will be provided with a manual/guideline for the submission of the research proposal and dissertation to be presented during Research Methods module and one more time at the beginning of this component.

Recommneded Research Methodologies are:

  • Literature Review
  • Quantitative Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mixed Methods.

How you’ll be assessed

This module shall be assessed through a dissertation not shorter than 22,000 words and no longer than 25,000 words to be submitted via an online portal.

Dissertation Grading Structure:

  • Between 86 and over – Pass with Distinction.
  • Between 71-85 – Pass with Credit.
  • Between 56 to 70 – Pass with Merit.
  • Between 41 and 55 – Pass.
  • 40 and less– Fail.

Final, MSc Artificial Intelligence qualification grade is a weighted score of:

  • Final Modular Grades – 60%
  • Final Dissertation Grade – 40%

Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,775.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

1: Establishing a Research Territory

  • Show that the general research area is important, central, interesting, problematic, or relevant.
  • Present and review items of previous research in the area.
  • Be conscious and responsible for the ethical aspects of research and development work.

2: Creating a Niche

  • Indicate a gap in the previous research, or extend previous knowledge in some way.
  • Contribute to research and development work.

3: Occupying the Niche

  • Outline purposes or state the nature of the present research.
  • Comply research questions or hypotheses .
  • Announce principal findings · State the value of the present research.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Quantitative Research Methods.
  • Mix Methods.
  • Topic Selection.
  • Research Questions and Hypothesis.
  • Structure of research paper.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Identify a research problem with a managerial perspective within environment.
  • Relate problem to some relevant theory studied in this programme.
  • Formulate the research problem precisely.
  • Explain the significance of the study.
  • Generate interest in the problem by giving a comprehensive overview of the background to the problem.
  • Compile relevant historic and currently available literature / secondary information in and around the field of study.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to;

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.


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