MRes Research Methodology for Business & Management

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Research opportunities

The programme provides comprehensive and coherent coverage of a wide range of methodological issues that arise in business research.

Your researcher training will provide you with the intellectual foundations that you will need for your journey into either the higher-level learning needed for advanced postgraduate research degrees or to work in a range of research focussed roles within organisational settings.


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John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS)

John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS) doctoral studentships are available annually for excellent students and excellent research projects.

There are two main sources of funding:

  • Central University funding
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC - DTP) funding.

The JARSS 2023/2024 competition will open in October 2023 and students successful in this competition will commence studies in October 2024. Faculties will set their own internal deadlines for the competition.

Academics/Supervisors make the applications for this scheme and there are various deadlines across the Department and Faculties, therefore, in the first instance, all interested students should contact the Department where they would like to carry out their research.




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Course content

The course will introduce you to a range of research skills and specialist methods and techniques:

Semester one (* indicates core class)

  • Research Methods*
  • Reviewing literature for Business*
  • Research Philosophy*

Semester two

  • Software for Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Policy & Project Evaluation (Economics only)
  • Causality in Empirical Finance Research (Accounting and Finance Only)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods

Semester three

  • Research Colloquium*
  • Writing up Postgraduate Research
  • Research Project*

Programme duration

  • MRes: 180 credits - 12 months full-time
  • PgDip*: 120 credits – approximately 9 months study full time
  • PgCert*: 60 credits – approximately 4 months study full time

The course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. Modules can be delivered as blended or online classes and run for two to three weeks a month from October to May. Students studying part-time will be able to complete their course of study over two academic years.

* not available as a standalone qualification

Key course highlights:

  • strong practical focus including training in software and advanced quantitative and qualitative methods
  • rich and diverse learning environment where you will study with students from around the world and studying a range of postgraduate research degrees
  • opportunity to learn from academics who are leaders in their field and working at the cutting edge of business research

Triple-accredited business school

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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  • 2024/25: £4,786
  • 2023/24: £4,712
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2024/25: £4,786
  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2024/25: £19,600

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

Research areas

When studying the MRes you'll be based in (and have a supervisor from) one of our six academic departments:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Work, Employment and Organisation

In addition, students can undertake any other relevant module from Masters programmes around the faculty.

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Entry requirements

Masters degree or a first or upper second-class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Business & Management or other relevant subject area.

You can prove your knowledge of English by:

  • Passing a Secure English Language Test from our list of accepted providers with an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5.
  • We will also consider evidence of prior study using English as the medium of instruction, if this study was in the last five years.

How can I apply?

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of no more than 500 words in length, this should give us an idea of the area of business research you are interested in, what research question you might like to answer and your preferred methodology (bear in mind that this is a only proposal and we would expect your ideas to change throughout the year)

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Your application will go to our departmental PGR Directors who will be in touch and match you to a supervisor.

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Contact us

Dr Kendra Briken

MRes Director