MMM163-Advanced Project

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2023/4

Module Convenor: Dr Katiuscia Lavoratori

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This project module constitutes a final capstone module for the MSc International Business and Digital Transformation programme. The project work, internship-based or research-based, could be completed remotely at any location. Final work may be carried out as well on an individual or group basis, by arrangement with the programme directors/module convenors. The project work normally involves work with some outside organisations. The project should make a significant contribution to the problem studied and demonstrate a grasp of the process of carrying out effective management insight. Projects involving external clients are competitive and may require the participating students to pass a company interview to be accepted for a project. Alternatively, students may undertake an internship with a company, working full time in the business and management activities of the organisation. This module will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the application of international business theory to practice by exploring their experience and observation through the lens of literature.


The aim of the project/research work is for students to use the knowledge and skills gained in the course to carry out a significant piece of work. This should be of practical benefit to the project's client, and the student must supply a report that demonstrates their understanding of the field and evidences their competence in its practice.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • plan, implement, and report on a substantial study within the specified and scheduled time;

  • interact effectively with clients and other stakeholders in deciding how any study is to be conducted, getting data, and reporting progress and results;

  • use initiative and perseverance in meeting any problems encountered, under the general guidance of their supervisor(s);

  • reflect on, and draw conclusions from, what they have achieved and learned;

  • present their findings in a dissertation combining an appropriate level of rigour with a professional standard of presentation and readability.

Additional outcomes:

Students will learn to work independently and make strategic decisions on the organisation of their work under pressure of time. Student will have a chance to develop generic skills for future employment and professional development such as critical thinking and analytical skills, commercial awareness, and communication skills required for international working.  

Outline content:

This module will include sessions that are designed to provide students with the essential guide to the project. The rest of the time will be spent in one-on-one instruction with an assigned supervisor — students will have supervisory meetings either in person or via online. 

Global context:

This module focuses on global business, international strategy and international management.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Detailed guidance will be provided in the instruction session. Students are required to do a significant amount of reading of journal articles, chapters of books, statistical sources and websites of national and international organisations.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 2
Project Supervision 6
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 150
    Preparation for presentations 50
    Carry-out research project 250
    Dissertation writing 142
Total hours by term 0 0 600
Total hours for module 600

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

  1. Dissertation (70%): 15,000 ~ 20,000 words

  2. Presentation (30%)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here:
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

The pass mark is 50%+

Reassessment arrangements:

If the submitted project work is judged to be unsatisfactory (failed), the examiners will require further work and/or rewriting to be carried out. If the revised work still falls short of the required standard, the student will be deemed to have failed this project module.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 30 March 2023


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