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2018/2019  KAN-CCMIU1004U  CEMS Research Project

English Title
CEMS Research Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 10
Max. participants 30
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Peter Ørberg Jensen - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-05-2018

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Learning objectives
Through the project report, the students should demonstrate the ability to master a project that is “issue-focused”, i.e. dealing with a concrete problem, be it a corporate, economic or theoretical problem, and includes a dimension of “internationality”, i.e. dealing with a question that applies to more than one country. Since the CEMS Research Project is applied in different domains of academic business studies, the more precise expectations and specific learning objective for the individual project should be clarified in a dialogue between the student and the project supervisor at the beginning of project work.
Course prerequisites
The CEMS Research Project is for CEMS MIM students only.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
Prior to commencement the topic must be approved by the CEMS Academic Director. The students must outline the project idea/topic (1-2 pages) and submit via email to the CEMS Academic Director and to the CBS CEMS Office (cems@cbs.dk).

The deadline in Term 1 (fall semester) is September 25, 12 noon. The deadline in
Term 2 (spring semester) is February 15, 12 noon. If either of these days falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.
The proposal shall be named “CEMS Project_Proposal_Name Of Student” and contain information on the topic, the supervisor, the main goals and/or research questions of the project, as well as the proposed approach / methodology.
The approval process may take up to 2 weeks. The student will be notified via email.
Research Project:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Individual assignment possible. No dispensation application necessary. Maximum 30 pages for individual projects.
Assignment type Report
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The CEMS Research Project results in an independent research paper that counts only towards the CEMS MIM degree. It is formally separated from the MSc degree and will be graded by the supervisor only. The CEMS Research Project may be used as a pilot project / stepping stone toward the later MSc thesis. This implies that the contents of the CEMS Research Project may be designed so that it feeds into the MSc thesis, e.g. with an introduction, delimitation of research question(s), a review of the literature in the field, or research methodology.

Due to the formal separation of the MSc degree and the CEMS MIM degree, CBS has decided that the research paper is exempt from the rules concerning self-plagiarism in order to allow that the text produced for the CEMS Research Project paper may be integrated in the subsequent MSc thesis at CBS.


Description of the teaching methods
Individual project assignment based on own definition of topic, research question and research of relevant academic literature and/or empirical data. Prior to commencement the topic is must be approved by the CEMS Academic Director. Once the project topic is approved as a CEMS Research Project all consultations take place between the students and the project supervisor.
The research project at CBS is entitled to 5 hours of supervision. This includes hours for the supervisor’s preparation of meetings and reading of material. It is the responsibility of the student to organize supervision with the supervisor.
Feedback during the teaching period
The student has ongoing consultations with the project supervisor which will provide feedback to the student.
Student workload
Meetings with supervisor 5 hours
Study of literature, data, or similar 101 hours
Drafting of resport 100 hours
Last updated on 15-05-2018