Briefly explain the objective for your research: what are the research questions that you hope to answer, or what are the research outcomes you hope to achieve?
List the three most relevant keywords that apply to your research
Explain which method(s) you will use in the conduct of your study, with appropriate justification for the selection.
Clearly explain the source(s) of data for your dissertation
Explain any ethical implications of your research, and the actions you will take to address these in the conduct of your study.
Provide an up to date assessment of the existing academic knowledge relevant to your proposed topic.
Using a Gantt Chart provides an illustration of the envisaged schedule for all principal activities to be undertaken.
It is a requirement of Cardiff University that all MSc students submit a dissertation on a chosen topic. This should not exceed 15,000 words. Also, the aim of the dissertation is to give each student the opportunity to pursue, in greater depth, a chosen subject or topic in the field of transport, shipping, logistics, or operations management. The dissertation is an important component of the MSc course and provides the means of developing a students’ research and analytical abilities. Each student is required to review the background of the subject, carry out a detailed study and analysis, and to reach appropriate conclusions.
The dissertation should be related to the subjects of study the student has taken in Stage I of the course. It is important that each student gives considerable thought before selecting a topic, with particular attention to:
It is also desirable that students select a topic for their dissertation which is of interest to potential academic advisors within the LOM section so that it can be best supported.
The presentation of the dissertation will depend on the subject matter of the research work and the approach and method adopted, e.g. experimentation, field studies, or desk research. Furthermore, students will be provided with help of the advisors.