SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Dissertation in International Business

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The dissertation is the final culminating piece of work for the MSc International Business.  It is based on an original piece of research undertaken by the student on a topic relevant to the aims and objectives of the MSc International Business programme.  The dissertation project brings together theory and method in a small-scale research project, the findings of which are analysed and critically discussed.  The project is an academic piece of work, which is a reflection of an appropriate research design based on literature review and empirical study, either from preliminary or secondary data.

Students are allocated a dissertation supervisor in Term 2 and will normally receive three substantive supervision meetings. The role of the supervisor is to assist the student in refining the topic of research, approve the plan of work, advise on sources and help the student with problems which may arise during the course of research and writing.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Upon successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a command of appropriate theoretical perspectives, secondary literature and, where appropriate, primary resources relevant to the chosen topic of research;
  • Display the ability to frame research questions, consider an appropriate research design and explain relevant methodological and ethical issues relating to a proposed research project;
  • Employ the skills to pursue independent research from secondary or primary resources in the field of international business;
  • Show ability to organise their data and articulate their arguments coherently and clearly;
  • Show ability to analyse research findings and write a critical discussion of those findings and their implications for knowledge advancement and business practices.

Method of assessment

Dissertation (10,000 words)

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