SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Research Paper (Independent Study Project)

All students research and write an Independent Study Project (ISP) in the form of an 8000 word extended essay. Students choose their own topic, which is usually related to their proposed field of postgraduate study. The ISP is supported in 3 ways:

  • weekly research methods classes which train students in quantitative and qualitative research and oral presentation of research
  • individual tutorials with an English teacher to provide language support
  • individual tutorials with an academic supervisor from SOAS or other London University colleges to provide academic support

Some previous and current examples of Independent Study Project topics are:

  • Nike's Marketing Strategy
  • Economic Integration in East Asia
  • The Art of Calligraphy as Practised by Zen Buddhist Monks
  • The Role of the UN in the Kosovo Conflict
  • The Impact of EU Legislation on China
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Outsourcing
  • Environmental Management Policy
  • The Management of Family Businesses in China
  • The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Children in LDCs

 

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