This module aims to enhance and synthesise independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills to research and analyse a relevant information systems issue, challenge or opportunity in an evidence based dissertation.

This module is only offered as part of the Information Capability Management MSc.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:


  • critically appraise and integrate a large body of published research,
  • evaluate theory and concepts in relation to primary and secondary sources of evidence,
  • synthesise the technical, social, theoretical and practical elements of the taught modules in order to generate information capability solutions for real world organisational problems.


  • design an independent and large-scale research project, including the writing and modifying of a proposal, data collection and analysis in the compilation of a major project,
  • determine and revise an appropriate project management plan,
  • demonstrate problem solving skills,
  • write clearly and effectively in the appropriate academic style and formally present the dissertation in accordance with the approved criteria.


Core content

Students attend a three-day compulsory residential workshop (shared with the Defence Cyber Masters Programme).  After the workshop students prepare an initial research proposal, and supervisors are allocated to each student. Following a period of proposal development, refinement or modification, students undertake and write up an evidence based independent research study under supervision.

Students work independently but with guidance from a supervisor to apply the knowledge acquired during the taught phase of the course to a relevant information management and technology problem, which should fulfill the requirements of the British Computer Society accreditation.

This academic research dissertation provides an opportunity for students to carry out an in-depth specialised study of a topic of personal and/or professional interest. It enables the integration of the theoretical and practical aspects of a topic, revealing an understanding of theoretical principles and how they can be applied in the chosen area of research.

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A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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