1. Exploring strategic onshore and offshore
Oil & Gas operations and Corporate Social Responsibility: a case of Total
2. Any dissertations related to Oil and Gas
Management and use of the multinational firms as a case Study
What Constitutes a Quality Dissertation Proposal?
are some additional guidelines that may prove helpful in assuring that your
dissertation proposal meets the requirements for approval. While not
being firm rules, these are common problem areas that should be carefully
considered before submitting your final proposal.
scope has to be specific and well defined, and consistent with the methods
proposed and the “gap” identified in the literature review.
There must be a clear definition of exactly what is being studied by the
end of the proposal.
scope has to be limited in some way – by the case method, geographically,
functionally, within a historical period etc; too broad a scope will leave
the student floundering at the write – up stage.
scope has to be an Programme – relevant subject.
title, aims, and conclusions from the literature review should not
contradict each other or vary substantially in their definition of the
student should demonstrate a basic understanding of valid research
principles and methodology, including the difference between answering a
research question and testing a hypothesis (versus designing research to
â€œproveâ€ a hypothesis).
the last, it’s not sufficient in the methods section to say “I’m
doing some interviews”. Some understanding of why that’s a good
approach, as opposed to any other, is important. Students should also show
an appreciation of the relationship between qualitative and quantitative
methods if they’re using them both; especially how one methodology
influences the other.
proforma suggests 10 items of literature to review. Ten or not, it must be
shown that they’ve reviewed some peer – reviewed literature and that
they’ve formed some conclusions from it. Some proposals have their scopes
determined by popular definitions of a phenomenon – OK of you’re going to
challenge it, not OK if you’re building your study round it.
literature review needs to cover all of the main subjects under
investigation. Students from particular backgrounds doing a dissertation
in that area often spend too long covering their own area of expertise,
and not enough on the “other bit” that usually is in the scope.
It’s important to demonstrate sufficient breadth of knowledge of the field
is to reassure us that they can get data. Some description of how and why
this is feasible is important, rather than merely “I have
on formatting; the Harvard style of citing must be used; not doing so is
careless and will result in disapproval.
note that you need to decide to use either quantitative or qualitative methods
or not a mix of the two for the MPH dissertation. The Department of
Public Health at the University of Liverpool require this because they judge a
mixed methodology as not possible to do well within the word limit.
To use a qualitative approach it is recommended that you take the elective
module: Sociology of Health and Illness; and for a quantative approach the
elective module: Advanced Epidemiology and Statistics
Also if you decide to use a quantative approach unless you are registered on
the Epidemiology specialisation it is strongly advised that you do not do a
systematic review design. These are notoriously difficult to do well and
the teaching support required to tackle such a design is only sufficient within
the epidemiology specialisation track where another epidemiology and statistics
module is available.