Independent Study

Module description

This module provides the opportunity for postgraduate taught students to engage in a sustain period of critical and independent study. The module is core for all students registered on the MSc International Management (with European Study) programme.



Full module specification

Module title:Independent Study
Module code:BEMM006
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Gabriele Vosseberg - Lecturer
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a period of sustained study on a topic of their choice which has to be agreed with an academic advisor (e.g. the PGT WES study abroad co-ordinator. The independent study project should be pursued in the context of the students’ individual programme of study and/or study abroad experience. The nature of the project will vary according to the students’ focus and could take many forms: for example, it could involve a critical reflection on the study abroad experience with particular focus on the student’s educational, personal and career development, or it could involve a case study of a company/key sector, etc.

The distinctive features of this module can be summarised as follows:
1)  Addressing QAA Master in Business and Management benchmarking in relation to the need to develop subject knowledge and understanding about the external context including an international dimension [3.5], globalization (growth in international business, intercultural perspective) [3.12],  and personal and interpersonal skills, including critical self-awareness and self-reflection [3.13]

2)  Encourage students to reflect on a particular issue in depth, and relate this reflection to prior studies and/or their personal and career development.



ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. plan and construct a self-managed study project
  • 2. develop a deep knowledge about the issues and opportunities of a different/foreign/alien/ learning/work environment away from your study base
  • 3. employ critical study skills that students’ need to satisfy the academic requirements of the programme

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. These will be dependent on the focus of the students’ programme

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. display confidence in asking the right questions in a range of unfamiliar circumstances
  • 6. display decision making; change management; problem solving skills
  • 7. reflect constructively on own learning and personal development, evaluating achievements and identifying ways of improving performance

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Self-study150The learning activities involved will depend on the nature of the students’ assessment, and may include the following: primary research, preparation of a reflective log, etc.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Brief summary of the proposed projectMaximum of 300 wordsAllWritten, e.g. e-mail correspondence between student and academic advisor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual submission100Approx 4000 wordsAllWritten

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual submissionIndividual submissionAll6 weeks

Syllabus plan

The indicative content of this module is illustrated by the learning outcomes. Whilst these provide a broad framework, the specific content of the assessment will be determined by the focus of their independent study topic, the students’ academic preferences, and in close consultation with the academic advisor of the School.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

As advised by academic co-ordinator

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