SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

MSc International Management (Middle East and North Africa) (2019 entry)

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Select year of entry: 2019

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Our MSc International Management (Middle East and North Africa) programme focuses on management and its environment in the Middle East and North Africa, and includes high-level modules in international management and economics disciplines. It also draws upon regional experts and management specialists within the University and from the worlds of commerce, finance and government.

The core modules enable you to study the principles and applications of international management and the interplay between global and local factors influencing management in the Middle East and North Africa.

You can use the optional modules to focus on either management skills that can be applied worldwide or specialise in understanding the regional business environment.

Why study MSc International Management (Middle East and North Africa) at SOAS

  • we're ranked 11 in the UK and 2 in London for Business and Management by the 2019 Guardian University league table 2019
  • programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who regularly publish in top international journals
  • you will develop an excellent understanding of key issues shaping international business strategy
  • we expertly apply theoretical concepts to real issues facing organisations operating in the Middle East and North Africa
  • we are specialists in the delivery of more that forty African and Asian languages. As the economies of the Global South continue to expand, knowledge of another language and other cultures will be a big asset in the world of commerce and international trade
  • you will be joining our thriving community of alumni and academics who have an impact on the world outside of academia
  • you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our optional modules and/or optional modules from other departments, including the opportunity to learn a regional language

Our Finance and Management programmes have a first-rate graduate employability record, with graduates having moved on to work for a range of organisations such as Deloitte, Santander and HM Treasury.

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Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum first degree with good grades in any subject equivalent to a UK upper second class honours. Relevant professional qualifications or experience will be considered.

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One calendar year (full-time) Two calendar years (part-time)


Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

The MSc International Management for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has three components, each valued at 60 credits:

1. Four core modules
2. Four option modules
3. Dissertation of 10,000 words on an approved topic

The 10,000-word dissertation is worth 33% of your final mark. During term 2 you will submit your dissertation proposal and be allocated an academic supervisor. Over the ensuing months you should meet with your supervisor at least three times before the end of term 3 for guidance. The bulk of your dissertation will be written over the summer to meet the mid-September deadline.

Not all option modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2

Part-time Study

Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Part-time students over two years usually complete their core modules in the 1st year and their options in the 2nd year with their dissertation. Those studying over 3 years will usually complete their core modules in year 1, option modules in year 2 and their dissertation in year 3.

Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation In International Management For The Middle East And North Africa 15PFMC995
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Research methods in management 15PFMC062 15 Term 1
International management 15PFMC072 15 Term 1
  • PLUS choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:
List of modules (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term
International Corporate Finance 15PFMC070 15 Term 2
Corporate governance 15PFMC069 15 Term 2
Cultural Intelligence and Global Business Communication 15PFMC076 15 Term 2
International Business Strategy 15PFMC082 15 Term 2
International human resource management 15PFMC078 15 Term 2
International Marketing 15PFMC080 15 Term 1
Risk management 15PFMC071 15 Term 1
IM Options
Module Code Credits Term
Japanese Financial System 15PFMC073 15
FFL Options
Module Code Credits Term
International Financial Regulation 15PFMC061 15 Term 2


Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning


In the Department of Finance and Management, modules are typically made up of one or two hour lectures and a one hour seminar every week. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different teachers to provide a variety of angles on the subject.  The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class seminars through their reading and essay-writing and this should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.


Its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).

Suggested Reading:
  • Cammet, M., I. Diwan, A. Richard and J. Waterbury (2015) A Political Economy of the Middle East, 4th edition, Boulder Colorado: Westview
  • Yousef, Tarik (2004) “Development, Growth and Policy Reform in the Middle East and North Africa since 1950”, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, 18 (3): pp. 91-115
  • Devlin, J. C. (2010) Challenges of Economic Development in the Middle East and North Africa region, Singapore: World Scientific
  • Tripp C. States, Elites and the management of change. In Hakimian and Moshaver (2001). The State and Global Change: The Political Economy of Transition in the MENA. London: Curzon Press
  • Heydemann, S. (ed.), Networks of Privilege in the Middle East: The Politics of Economic Reform Revisited, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2004
  • Maxfield, S. and B.R. Schneider (eds.) Business and the State in Developing Countries, Cornell University Press: Ithaca, 1997.

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