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. The design, delivery, and results that it achieves have been described as exemplary by our external examiner, underlining the most recent national benchmarking exercise to measure research quality (REF 2014). Here, the Business School did exceptionally well in terms of the REF's assessment of our research environment, rating us as in the top tier for Environment amongst UK business schools, with a 100% 4* rating. This exceptional result reflects not only our commitment to providing the best possible training and facilities for our postgraduate community, but also our research engagement with issues that matter not only in an academic sense, but also to stakeholders in business, government, and society.

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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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. The online nature of the course means that students can study with the maximum amount of flexibility.

* not available as a standalone qualification

Key course highlights:

  • course can be studied as a blended or fully online programme
  • course is ideally suited to part-time students juggling studies with other work
  • 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

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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.

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2022/23: TBC*
2021/22: £4,500

* Fees have not yet been set by research councils.

England, Wales & Northern Ireland

2022/23: TBC*
2021/22: £4,500

* Fees have not yet been set by research councils.




Have a look at our scholarship search for any funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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

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

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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

As part of your PhD degree, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD). 

This certificate is designed to support you with your research and rewards you for things you'll do as a research student here.

It'll help you improve skills which are important to professional development and employability:

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities to conduct your research
  • personal qualities to succeed in your research and chosen career
  • standards, requirements and conduct of a professional researcher in your discipline
  • working with others and communicating the impact of your research to a wide range of audiences

All you have to do is plan these activities alongside your doctorate, documenting and reflecting your journey to success along the way.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


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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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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Download our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

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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.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent with no individual component below 5.5.

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 Matthew Alexander

Associate Dean (Postgraduate)