Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time
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 than 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.
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:
- Four core modules
- Four option modules
- 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
Students can take this programme part-time for 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.
- Dissertation in international management for the Middle East and North Africa
- Research methods in management
- Management perspectives and sectoral issues in the Middle East and North Africa
- Economic, business and institutional environment of the Middle East and North Africa
- International management
Plus choose modules to the value of 60 credits from the list below:
List of modules (subject to availability)
- Islamic Banking And Finance
- Corporate finance
- Corporate governance
- Cross-cultural management
- International Business Strategy
- International human resource management
- International Marketing
- Risk management
- Topics in the Chinese economy
- Japanese Financial System
- International Securities Regulation
- Banking and capital markets
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.
Admissions and Applications
You can apply for this course via the online application form.
We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.
Consideration of Application
The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.
Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.
Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.
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.
English Language Entry Requirements
You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.
For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.
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