Students will also be allocated to an individual research supervisor by a nomination of preferences process. A research topic will be mutually agreed upon by the student and supervisor in line with the supervisor’s existing research interests. Meetings are held with the supervisor concerning the formulation of the research question(s), the design of the study and the selection of appropriate methodology. The design of the research project - whether a case study design, a survey, archival research, an experiment, a quasi-experiment, observation, or a mixed method design – will be developed during these meetings.