GMiM Capstone Course - Management in Action

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Emma Soane (MAR 5.39) and Dr Rebecca Newton


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The GMiM Capstone Course builds connections between management theory and practice and aims to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed in their managerial careers. MG488 runs throughout the Global Master's in Management’s first and second years.

First year students attend MG488A sessions during the first year of the programme. The MG488A programme comprises five speaker-led sessions for each of Autumn Term and Winter Term. The remaining sessions can be used by students to have one to one meetings with a Careers Consultant or a member of the Capstone team from the Department of Management. Second year students are welcome to attend MG488A sessions.


7 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the AT. 7 hours and 30 minutes of lectures and 1 hour of seminars in the WT.

Year 1

GMiM Capstone Lectures run once a fortnight throughout the Autumn and Winter Terms. First year students are expected to attend all sessions. Students will also participate in a 30-minute blog group meeting in either the Autumn or Winter Term.

Additionally, there is a 60-minute assignment information session in the Winter Term to help students prepare for their assignments.

Formative coursework

Students are invited to produce one essay in the Winter Term of their first year. The formative essay does not count towards grades but is an opportunity to get essay feedback in preparation for the summative essay.

Students produce an individual essay which considers the links between theory and practice. One essay title will be made available in Winter Term of the first year. Essays will be submitted in the same term of the first year.

Indicative reading

Recommended readings will be provided for Capstone lectures when relevant.


Essay (25%, 2000 words) in the AT.
Project (65%) and class participation (10%) in the AT and WT.

Essay: due in Autumn Term of the second year. See individual summative assignment below. 

Project: See MG488B course guide for details. 

Attendance at Capstone lectures10% of total course marks.  Students are required to attend 10 Capstone lectures over the two years of the programme, with credits for attendance attached pro-rata to each session. Students must engage fully with session activities in order to receive attendance credit. It is recommended that students attend the 10 Capstone lectures in the first year of the programme.

Individual Summative Assignment – 25% of the total course marks.  In year 2, students will write an academic essay on one of the Capstone lecture topics. Essay questions will be provided by the MG488 course team and will be made available in Spring Term of the first year. Essays must consider application of management theory and practice. Students will submit their essays in AT of the second year.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2022/23: 58

Average class size 2022/23: 83

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (MT & LT)

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills