MCom Learning Assessment


To obtain the qualification, a student must pass all nine compulsory courses and a minimum of one elective course with individual marks of, at least, 50% or more. In addition to this, the student must also complete an independent mini research report with a mark of, at least, 50%.

Assignments and Compulsory Research Report

Core courses and electives are validated through the successful completion of a range of assignments: a mini-test in class, a final exam in class and an essay/case study to be written outside class are usually requested by lecturers.

Each course provides underpinning knowledge and all modules provide three elements of assessment as follows:

  1. Case studies are provided for discussion in class and for individual assessment;
  2. Individual assignments are provided to test students' understanding of issues relating to finance for development in all of the core modules;
  3. At any stage, class tests are used to evaluate understanding of the module;
  4. A final class examination assesses overall understanding of the module

A course in Research Methods is also compulsory and will be used as a pre-requisite to the research report. Students with average mark for the coursework of at least 75%, including at least 75% for the independent mini research, will be awarded the degree with distinction.

Each student will be required to write a report in one of the following formats:

  • Writing an essay-type scientific report which delves deeply into a particular issue of interest to the student.
  • A journal publishable high quality  article related to one or more of the modules on the degree programme



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