Introduction to topic. Rationale for the study. Reason for choice of topic, product, service or industry sector. Specific aims and objectives or research questions.


As a guide, your Project should contain the following:

The content of the whole Project includes essential preliminary information and relevant support material in addition to the main body of the text. In most cases, your Project will broadly take the following layout structure:

  • First page… (see Note A)
  • Declaration/Disclaimer (see Note B)
  • Research Ethics Declaration (see Note C)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abstract (see Note D)
  • Table of contents (see Note E)
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • List of Appendices
  • Main body of Project (i.e. Chapters) (See Note F)
  • Reflection on Personal Learning
  • References/Bibliography
  • Appendices

NOTE A: First Page

The title page should contain the following:

  • The full title of the Project (in capital letters) and the subtitle, if any.
  • The full name of the author – this must be same as the name you are registered with the University.
  • The qualification for which the Project is submitted (i.e. Master of Science in Human Resource Management).
  • Name of the supervisor of the research
  • The name of the institution to which the Project is submitted .
  • The month and the year of submission.

NOTE B: Declaration/Disclaimer

A student declaration (see also Appendix 1)

I hereby declare that the work for this Project has been conducted at the Business School. No portion of the work has been submitted in support of another degree or qualification at this or any other institute of learning.

This should be followed by your signature, student number and date.

NOTE C: Acknowledgments

Acknowledgements should be made to those individuals, groups or organisations that may have contributed to your Project directly or indirectly. Examples include your supervisor, various organisations including libraries, colleagues, parents, friends etc.

NOTE D: Research Ethics Disclaimer

Declaration by Researcher:

The information contained here is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, accurate. I have read the University’s current research ethics guidelines, and accept responsibility for the conduct of the procedures set out in the attached application in accordance with these guidelines, the University’s policy on conflict of interest and any other condition laid down by the University’s Research Ethics Committee or its Sub-Committees. I have attempted to identify all the risks related to this research that may arise in conducting this research, and acknowledge my obligations and the rights of the participants.

This should be followed by your student name (printed), signature, and date.

NOTE E: The Abstract

The abstract should provide a brief synopsis of the study by identifying the nature, scope and purpose of the work, the major outcomes, conclusions and the particular contribution it makes to knowledge in the field. It should be self-contained and summarise the complete content of the study. The abstract should be concise and factual and should not exceed; it may be broken down into 2 to 5 paragraphs. Reducing a Project to a mere 300 words is often difficult. A well written abstract demonstrates the capacity of the student to present the main aspects of the study in a coherent and economical form. The abstract should also indicate the author and title of the Project in the form of a heading. It should be typed single- spaced. 

NOTE F: Table of Contents

All pages of the Project from the title page onwards should be numbered. Pages before the body of the text (i.e. the first chapter) should be numbered separately using Roman numerals. The table of contents page should specify the page numbers for each section.

A typical table of contents will contain the following:

  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of tables (including each table number and table title)
  • List of figures (including each figure number and figure title)
  • List of diagrams (including each diagram number and diagram title)
  • Each consecutive chapter number and chapter title (including chapter subheadings)
  • References/ Bibliography
  • Appendices

NOTE G: Broad suggestions for Chapter Headings

Chapter One Introduction to topic. Rationale for the study. Reason for choice of topic, product, service or industry sector. Specific aims and objectives or research questions. Overview of chapters/ structure of the Project.

Chapter Two Literature Review. This may be subdivided into two chapters

Chapter Three Methodology

Chapter Four Findings, Analysis, Evaluation and Discnussion

Chapter Five Conclusions and Recommendations

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