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The MSc in Business Research is a one-year programme which provides students with advanced training in the research skills, techniques and methodologies to conduct their own research in business. Read more

Overview

The MSc in Business Research is a one-year programme which provides students with advanced training in the research skills, techniques and methodologies to conduct their own research in business. The programme can also be taken part-time over two years.
Students who successfully complete the master will have developed the knowledge and skills to begin the preparation of a doctoral thesis and may therefore request admission to the PhD in Business. Attainment of the MSc degree also prepares students for careers in research and policymaking in the public and private sectors. You must note, however, that it is a research-oriented programme and not a professional MBA.
The programme attracts students from around the world. A typical class profile has a percentage of international student of over 60%. As the master is taught in Spanish (55%) and English (45%), a good command of both languages is needed.
The MSc in Business Research offers international research excellence in business administration and management. It also provides the means for students to develop skills and abilities in research that meet the highest standards. Students are exposed to a rich training curriculum as well as a wide offering of master classes, research seminars, workshops and conferences. These offerings shape academic skills and at the same time create sensitivity for practical business opportunities and challenges.

You can find more information on the programme content here: http://www.ub.edu/business-school/msc-in-business-research/#phdb-programmecontent053b-d05d

Students must complete 60 credits comprising 30 core course credits and 30 free-elective credits. Given its research orientation, the master degree requires a teaching model that combines a practical approach with master classes, which provide the conceptual foundations of business research. Lessons in the computer room are essential in order to master statistical techniques and databases.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the master will have developed the knowledge and skills to begin a doctoral thesis and may therefore request admission to the PhD in Business. This is one of the most popular career choices for MSc in Business Research graduates. In fact, the master is intended to serve as a foundation for doctoral research, which in turn constitutes the first step towards an academic career.
Not all students decide to follow this route, though. Some prefer to make the transition to the labour market straight after finishing their master degree and others wait until they have completed their doctorate. According to data provided by the Catalan government, 95.4% of all PhD social sciences graduates find a job in less than three years, and the unemployment rate is below 3.3%. Therefore, the MSc and the PhD allow students to improve their position in the job market.
The Faculty of Economics and Business has a dedicated Careers Services office, which offers guidance and facilitates employment for graduates. It manages the Job Bank, where companies post job offers and available work placements. The Career Services office also works to strengthen students’ entrepreneurial skills and offers the Coworking Space as a place for developing projects and sharing ideas and strategies.

You can find more information on career opportunities here: http://www.ub.edu/business-school/msc-in-business-research/#phdb-careers053b-d05d

Funding

The University of Barcelona offer various options for funding across postgraduate and doctoral study.

You can find more information on available funding here: http://www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/estudis/suport_estudi/beques_ajuts/beques_ajuts.html

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Your programme of study. Research at Master's level is important to a wide range of disciplines but none more important than business and in making business decisions based on solid evidence. Read more


Your programme of study

Research at Master's level is important to a wide range of disciplines but none more important than business and in making business decisions based on solid evidence. Your skills could be informing whether to launch a product in China, start manufacturing in India, decide whether your market really do like eating breakfast bars on the train to work, or deciding what exactly is not aligned about your marketing strategy.  Business Research is a discipline which is widely used by a range of consumer, charity, public sector and service industries to understand their customers in detail. It is often an essential skill to support competitive advantage in markets but there are many and varied applications to its value and use. You are encouraged to undertake compulsory and optional courses to develop your research knowledge and skills.

This programme offers you all the skills you need to make an impression when looking for research positions. You study qualitative research methods to understand problems thoroughly, quantitative methods to study the evidence provided and analyse challenges,, strategy, management, consultancy and decision making.  The programme is more than simply Business Research as you are looking at large research areas within the business process such as new product development, marketing, and a wide variety of methods to ensure your results provide essential information for growing businesses.

These skills are internationally recognised and they will provide the foundation to any new technology which gathers data such as smart phones, machine to machine technology and the 'Big Data' revolution

Courses listed for the programme

First Semester

  • Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
  • Business Strategy
  • Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion
  • Marketing Management
  • Consultancy and Innovation
  • New Product and Service Development
  • Marketing Decision Making

Semester 2

  • Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
  • Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Apart from the many career applications research is also very useful if you are studying a PhD
  • Research is now being influenced by the huge advances in 'Big Data,' mass communications and IOT
  • Business research is an essential tool to support any strategic organisational decision at top level
  • Skills gained at Aberdeen will support a wide range of applications and career options

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

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The CentER Research Master's program in Business consists of the doctoral course work which precedes the research years of the PhD. Read more

Program characteristics

The CentER Research Master's program in Business consists of the doctoral course work which precedes the research years of the PhD. It enables students to accumulate theoretical and technical knowledge of research methodology courses and develops the skills required for cutting-edge research in their field. The Research Master's program in Business ensures that students get acquainted with analytical and empirical tools that are frequently used in business research. In addition, the students gain a deep knowledge of their chosen field of specialization (accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, and organization and strategy).

The courses of the Research Master's program in Business are taught by internationally renowned researchers belonging to the faculty of CentER, and some excellent scholars invited from abroad.

This program offers six different specializations:
•Finance (corporate finance, asset pricing, banking)
•Accounting (managerial, financial accounting)
•Information Management
•Marketing (marketing research, consumer psychology)
•Operations research (operations management, optimization techniques)
•Organization and strategy (international business, innovation management, organization theory)

Career Prospects Research Master in Business

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management skills and enhance your qualifications on this postgraduate course. Read more
Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management skills and enhance your qualifications on this postgraduate course.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our MSc Business Management will equip you with the practical skills to advance your career.

Addressing the essentials of modern business, this course has been designed to develop personal and professional skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and reflective learning, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our MSc Business Management will equip you with the practical skills to advance your career.

Addressing the essentials of modern business, this course has been designed to develop personal and professional skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and reflective learning, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

Our course materials are based on real issues faced by contemporary businesses, covering topics ranging from creativity in business to global economics, strategic management and organisational change management.

You’ll learn to creatively address issues such as competition and sustainability and acquire knowledge of the global economic and business environment. You’ll develop leadership and team development skills and an understanding of management and organisational methods. Guest speakers add value to this course, which is updated regularly to reflect current business issues.

You may also choose to introduce a specialism to your course to reflect your area of interest.

This may include:
• Entrepreneurship
• Human Resource Management
• Marketing
• Sales

This is a full-time course splt up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Recent graduates, continuing students, management practitioners, business professionals, international applicants and aspiring entrepreneurs can all benefit from our MSc Business Management, which is intended to appeal to people of all ages and from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experience.

Modules

• Sustaining Organisational Performance
• Global Economic Environment and Marketing
• Organisational Change and Management
• Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
• Managing Innovation
• Contemporary Issues in Strategic Management
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

MSc Business Management (Banking)

Widen the application of your business management skills to include banking and increase your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

Sharing much of its content with the Global Online MSc Business Management, this course offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialism in banking, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Banking-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Entrepreneurship)

Explore the issues facing contemporary businesses, develop your management and entrepreneurial skills on this postgraduate course.

If you aspire to start your own business, combine your MSc Business Management with Entrepreneurship. You’ll learn how to plan new ventures and manage innovation and be equipped with the practical skills and expertise to advance your career.

This course is designed to deliver accessible, creative and flexible postgraduate business education and offer a choice in how, when and where you study - as well as the option to pursue a specialism.

It’s ideally suited to individuals who intend to balance their personal and professional commitments with their studies. This is a fully online course that will build on your existing experience and knowledge and enhance it with contemporary business theory.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Entrepreneurship-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Events)

Learn about events management, explore the issues facing contemporary businesses and develop the skills to succeed on this flexible course delivered fully online.

You’ll learn about the management of international festivals and events as well as looking at the business events sector worldwide.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Events-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Finance)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on finance and increase your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

By focusing on finance you’ll learn a set of skills and knowledge that will enhance your business and management capabilities, and can also be applied in a range of careers in the financial sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Finance-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (HRM)

Gain an understanding of business and human resource management theory and develop the skills needed to manage staff effectively.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of business and human resource management (HRM) theory, including the skills needed to successfully manage and motivate staff, real issues faced by contemporary human resource managers, and international HRM.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc---Business-Management-HRM-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Marketing and Sales)

Explore business management, marketing and sales and gain the knowledge and skills to enhance your employment opportunities on this flexible course delivered fully online.

This dynamic blend of business, marketing and sales will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Marketing-and-Sales-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Marketing)

Explore business management and marketing and gain the knowledge and practical skills to advance your career on this postgraduate course.

This dynamic blend of business and marketing will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Marketing-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Sales)

Explore business management and sales and gain the knowledge and practical skills to advance your career on this postgraduate course.

This dynamic blend of business and sales will provide you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Sales-Postgraduate-FullTime

MSc Business Management (Tourism and Hospitality)

Explore business management with a focus on tourism and hospitality and gain the skills to develop your career on this flexible course delivered fully online.

Covering topics ranging from the management of international business events to contemporary issues in hospitality management, this course provides you with a business education tailored towards employment opportunities in this sector.

Website: http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Business-Management-Tourism-and-Hospitality-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Project Management)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on project management on this flexible online course.

Whether you’re contemplating a career in business, or currently working and looking to enhance your qualifications, our Online MSc Business Management (Project Management) will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-business-management-project-management-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

MSc Business Management (Logistics and Supply Chains)

Enhance your business management skills with a focus on logistics and supply chains on this flexible online course.

Sharing much of its content with the Online MSc Business Management, this course offers you the opportunity to pursue a specialism in logistics and supply chains, opening doors to increased employment opportunities at postgraduate level.

Careers

In recent years, students have come to our MSc courses with degrees from many different disciplines, and have gone on to build careers in a range of industries in the public, private and voluntary/not-for-profit sectors.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

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Measured by its publications the accountancy group of Tilburg and London Business School alternate between the number one position and the runner-up position. Read more

MSc specialization in Accounting

Measured by its publications the accountancy group of Tilburg and London Business School alternate between the number one position and the runner-up position. In 2012 Tilburg was on top. It is our purpose to prepare students to achieve this top level. You will be taught by the best professors in economics finance and accounting on offer in Europe.

Students educated in Tilburg are publishing at the highest level and are employed at the best institutions. For instance, Valery Nikolaev works as an Associate professor at the University of Chicago Booth Business School. Of course if you join the program you will be expected to perform accordingly. After finishing his Research Master in accounting Duff and Phelps put Folkert Botma on a fast career track. He now holds the position as senior associate analyst.

The program will be challenging, even to the brightest student. We believe, however that this program offers the best preparation to excel in either academia or in business. There is only one point in time in your life where you have the opportunity to focus on your education to this extent and that is during your research master period and the subsequent PhD stage. As a research master student you are considered a member of the department of accounting. For instance, we expect you to participate in our weekly research seminars. We invite during the semesters the best researchers from all over the world to present their most recent work. These seminars give you a good feeling for the type of research questions that are presently relevant.

At the end of the research master you will have become passionate about research. Whether you pursue a career in academia or business, the research master of accounting offers you a world class preparation to pursue either career.

Career Perspective MSc specialization in Accounting

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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The Finance Phd program at Tilburg University has two phases. Read more

MSc specialization in Finance

The Finance Phd program at Tilburg University has two phases: a preparatory Research Master combining intensive coursework and research that culminates in the writing of a Research Master Thesis (which could later be built out into a chapter of the PhD thesis); and an advanced phase in which students devote all their time to research, at the end of which they complete their PhD dissertation. Most Research Master students are funded by grants given by CentER. PhD students are employees of the University and receive a gross salary of 83000.

Students who have not done graduate work in Finance or Economics before joining the program complete the Research Master in two years. The first year consists of Economics and Econometrics courses preparing the student to specialized work in Finance. The second year is devoted to the Finance Core (four advanced courses in Asset Pricing and Corporate Finance), a few elective courses, and the writing of a Master Thesis. Students who have done graduate work before joining the program are admitted directly in the second year.

After completing the Research Master, students are eligible to start the PhD phase of the program, which typically lasts three years. Supervision during this phase is very close: students often co-author no less than two papers with their supervisors, and write at least one single-author paper under their supervisor’s guidance. Our seminar series (the department hosts over 30 seminars a year with leading scholars from the US and Europe) exposes students to cutting-edge research in all areas of Finance.

Students in the second year of the PhD spend one semester visiting a top University abroad, funded by CentER. These visits provide an early exposure to the international academic scene, create new opportunities of co-authorship, and enrich the students’ network of contacts. Our students have visited Harvard, Yale, London Business School, Caltech, among others.

Most of our PhDs find jobs in Academia. We have a very successful history of placements at top universities in Europe and America, among them Chicago GBS, Toronto Rotman, Cambridge, HEC Paris. Our graduates also show an excellent record of publications, many of them publishing chapters of their theses in top journals shortly after graduation.

Career Perspective MSc specialization in Finance

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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The research-master program in marketing is an in-depth study program focused on cutting-edge research in marketing. The program trains you in applying advanced marketing theories and methods to marketing problems of companies. Read more

Marketing

The research-master program in marketing is an in-depth study program focused on cutting-edge research in marketing. The program trains you in applying advanced marketing theories and methods to marketing problems of companies. Teaching is led by academics that are at the forefront of their fields. You will be part of a select group of finest students from all over the world. You take classes in very small groups. This allows intensive interaction with professors who are top-notch researchers, both during as well as outside of classes.

What do we expect from you?

The research master in marketing is an in-depth study program, aimed at ambitious students that want to distinguish themselves. In all our research, real world, business relevance is a core value, and you should not only be committed to conduct rigorous research but also have the capacity to ask and answer questions that have strong managerial relevance. You will need ability and drive. We expect you to come prepared to class, and to actively participate in intensive intellectual class discussions. In return, we offer a vibrant environment in which you can approach any member of faculty to discuss an idea or to ask for advice.

A strong liking for quantitative courses is a prerequisite. A marketing background is not needed. The background of our students is diverse, ranging from econometrics to economics, finance, organization, psychology, and information management.

Career opportunities

Research master graduates are well qualified for both academic and professional positions in the public and private sector.

Some of our research-master students embark on a 3-year Ph.D. and become professors in marketing – both in the Netherlands and abroad. With their research, discoveries, and insights – expressed through writing, speaking, and teaching – they help shape the business world.

Others opt for advanced marketing research jobs with international companies and consulting firms. Each year, GfK hires several of our research-master students as Business Analysts or Consultants Consumer Insights because of their outstanding training in state-of-the-art marketing research techniques. If you are still undetermined as to whether you would prefer to pursue an academic or business career, you are offered the possibility to write a research-master thesis with GfK. Along the way, you can discover whether an academic or a professional position would suit you most.

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The Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research prepares students for the PhD programs in fields such as operations management or optimization techniques. Read more

Operations Research

The Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research prepares students for the PhD programs in fields such as operations management or optimization techniques. This Research Master’s specialization in Operations Research is an in-depth study program focused on cutting edge research in Operations Research. A graduated student from this program gains knowledge of and insight in the tools and methodologies of operations research, including optimization, stochastic modeling, simulation, combinatorics, and game theory. Teaching is led by academics that are at the forefront of their fields.

A Research Master student is a part of a select group of finest students from all over the world. It is aimed at ambitious students that want to distinguish themselves. Students follow classes in small groups. This allows intensive interaction with professors who are top-notch researchers, both during as well as outside of classes. This program offers many different courses and students are free to choose most of the offered courses.

Students enrolled in the Research Master program qualify for research positions anywhere in the world.

Several of our Research Master students embark on a 3-year Ph.D. program and later become professors themselves. With their research, discoveries, and insights – expressed through writing, speaking, and teaching – they help shape academic world. Others opt for business practice with international companies and consulting firms.

Career Perspective MSc specialization in Operations Research

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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TiSEM’s department of Organization and Strategy is a vibrant and internationally diverse department. Its members are drawn from leading universities in North America, Asia and Europe and have a very strong research orientation with a focus on high-quality publications. Read more

Organization & Strategy

TiSEM’s department of Organization and Strategy is a vibrant and internationally diverse department. Its members are drawn from leading universities in North America, Asia and Europe and have a very strong research orientation with a focus on high-quality publications. Research in the Organization & Strategy group covers primarily the research areas of strategic management, international business, organization theory, entrepreneurship, and innovation from a variety of theoretical and empirical, methodological perspectives. The group pursues large-scale empirical analyses, but also encourages theoretical or exploratory research. Our researchers draw on a variety of disciplines and theories, including transaction cost economics, organizational learning, and evolutionary economics, institutional theory, organizational ecology and social network analysis. We welcome and support inter-disciplinary and innovative approaches in research.

Our researchers’ work has recently been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Strategic Management Journal.
The department’s RM/PhD students are taught by the department’s leading researchers in small, highly interactive context taking a variety of content and method courses aimed at providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge for conducting high level research. Through the attendance of departmental seminars, participation in departmental events and mentoring by faculty members the students are encouraged to integrate into the department. While supervision styles vary, our graduate students enjoy attentive supervision by committed department researchers. Further, graduate students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad at leading universities/departments relevant to their research projects and are assisted by our faculty members in securing such visits; Wharton, Cass school of business, and Yale business school are among the schools our graduate students have visited recently.

Our graduates have obtained academic positions in leading US, European, and Asian universities (e.g., Texas A&M, Singapore Management University) as well as consulting, and non-academic research jobs.

Students seeking a friendly yet challenging and robust research environment in which to pursue their academic training will find those at the Organization and Strategy department.

Career Perspective MSc specialization in Organization & Strategy

If you follow the Research Master's program in Business - be it accounting, finance, information management, marketing, operations research, or organization and strategy - you are prepared to continue in a PhD program. More than 75% of the graduates continue at a PhD position at either Tilburg University or another university. 25% of the graduates start a professional career, mostly in the consultancy or financial sector.

The Research Master's program in Business in combination with the subsequent PhD studies enable our students to find jobs at universities around the world, at research institutes or in the banking and consultancy sectors.

In the PhD phase, most accepted PhD students become university employees earning a gross salary over more than Euro 85000 over three years and are granted pension rights.

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In the Research Master's track in Tax Economics you learn valuable knowledge in economic-based fundamental theories of taxation, behavioral theories, principles of accounting and empirical methods and their statistical foundation. Read more
In the Research Master's track in Tax Economics you learn valuable knowledge in economic-based fundamental theories of taxation, behavioral theories, principles of accounting and empirical methods and their statistical foundation. Besides, the program equips you with the necessary skills to conduct top level research, such as the use of econometric software and write any piece of academic work. With your understanding on how tax and economic considerations relate, you are optimally prepared for a career in academia or business.

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As a doctoral student, you can join an international research environment in the Lincoln International Business School, working alongside researchers on collaborative projects that aim to make a tangible difference to business and society. Read more
As a doctoral student, you can join an international research environment in the Lincoln International Business School, working alongside researchers on collaborative projects that aim to make a tangible difference to business and society.

There is an emphasis on your own independent critical investigation, supervised by an experienced team of academics. You can benefit from an active research community in the School, and research groups with which to align your study.

As a research student, you have access to a structured programme of training delivered by our Graduate School. This aims to support you in the development of the practical and critical skills which are necessary for this programme and are transferable to your career. There may be opportunities to participate in undergraduate teaching following relevant training.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Lincoln Business School is committed to research that has practical value and actively engages with a range of organisations. Within the Business School, research is organised around the following research groups:
-Community Organisation
-Marketing and Supply Chain
-Regional and Rural Enterprise
-Visitor Economy
-Responsible Management.
-Economics and Finance

Current research projects involve private and public sector organisations, social enterprises, innovative organisations and local communities. We have academics actively involved in researching issues and practices emerging in international contexts and we support students interested in working across international contexts.

Research in the School has addressed the following areas: Sustainable Community Organisations, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Critical Management Studies, Marketing Practice, Tourism and Events Management, Regional Economies, Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Learning, Innovation Policies, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in a Developing Context, International Business, E-consumer Behaviour and Digital Economies.

How You Study

Research students have access to training and development at all levels of their research studies. You will be linked to active research groups in the School and have the opportunity to participate in School and College-based research seminars and visits.

Students are assigned a Director of Studies and a second supervisor. Supervisors will have demonstrable experience and expertise in the area of study. Students are expected to work independently on their research projects under the advice/direction of the supervision team.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have regular meetings with your academic supervisors, at least once a month, however the regularity of these may vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

Students are required to demonstrate adequate and appropriate progress on an annual basis. Final assessment is by viva voce examination of a research thesis. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Facilities

The Lincoln International Business School is based in the David Chiddick building alongside Lincoln Law School. The building provides students with teaching and learning space including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, an IT/language lab and a mooting chamber, along with places to meet and eat with friends and staff.

Sage 50 and SPSS software is available within the Business School for student use.

Career and Personal Development

Throughout the research degree, students are encouraged to take part in all activities associated with developing a research career. The available postgraduate research degree training programmes considers career development issues and students are encouraged to maintain training and development logs throughout their studies.

In some cases students will have the opportunity to support undergraduate students and experience seminar teaching. To support this, the University of Lincoln offers a range of teaching and learning activities and courses, and postgraduate students involved in teaching are encouraged to actively to take up these opportunities for development.

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Research profile. The Business School received full research training accreditation in the 2005 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Recognition Exercise. Read more

Research profile

The Business School received full research training accreditation in the 2005 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Recognition Exercise.

The School has significant research expertise in the following subject areas:

There is a long tradition of teaching and research in business and management at the University. Research degrees are offered in most disciplines within business and management, subject to the availability of suitable supervisors.

The School has links with other Schools in the University, including Social and Political Studies, Mathematics and Law allowing students with cross-disciplinary interests to find expertise, support and supervision.

In recent years the School has funded several generous studentships, helping to ensure a continuing high calibre intake.

Members of the School are involved in the following centres of research:

For more information on our School and staff research interests, see our subject groups:

Training and support

Our students undertake training in research skills and design, research methodologies in business and management and, through supervised reading courses, develop their knowledge in specific areas of business and management research. Research training courses involve a combination of lectures, seminars and self-directed reading, and are mainly assessed by means of extended essays. Thesis research and writing is guided by two or more supervisors appointed from the academic staff of the University. Progress is formally evaluated annually.

Facilities

The School has dedicated work spaces for research students, offering computer and phone access. Students also have access to the staffroom and syndicate rooms. Students are encouraged to use the online facilities of the HUB which provides extensive access to a wide range of business information, management research databases and online journals.



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The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines. Read more

The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines.

The aims of the course are to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently achieve at postgraduate level in a business discipline.

The course aims to develop your understanding of key business vocabulary, theories and concepts integral to postgraduate business courses, and your linguistic competence in specific Business English to enable successful study at postgraduate level. It also aims to develop your academic, cognitive, meta-cognitive and professional skills required for successful study at postgraduate level in a business-related area, and to provide you with the necessary personal, professional, interpersonal and key skills to enable development as independent, autonomous learners in preparation for postgraduate study.

The course is delivered in two modules

  • Study and Research Skills for Business develops your language, academic and study skills
  • Principles of Business provides you with a broad exploration of key contemporary business issues

You have the opportunity to carry out research projects with local and regional organisations, which will be an enriching cultural experience and enhance your employment prospects.

Successfully completing the course enables you to choose from a range of postgraduate courses to suit your interests and career development needs. These are available at Sheffield Hallam and other academic institutions.

Sheffield Business School runs postgraduate courses in

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course focuses on three areas of skills and knowledge

  • Academic and Business English
  • Academic skills for postgraduate study in a Business context
  • Principles of Business

Course structure

Full-time – 12 weeks

September to December for masters courses starting in January.

Study and Research Skills for Business

The Study and Research Skills for Business module constitutes the larger proportion of the two modules during the twelve week course. In this module you will

  • acquire and apply academic skills, such as researching, referencing, critical reading and writing to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop listening skills in the context of academic settings, such as lectures, and business settings, such as meetings, debates and news broadcasts to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop oral communication skills for business negotiation and presentation to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop employability skills: apply your business knowledge, theory and understanding in a real work context in an assessed project collaboration with a local business

Principles of Business

The Principles of Business module provides you with fundamentals of Business Strategy, Global Business and Finance. The module is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by businesses, both within national and international markets.

It will interlink three broad subject areas: Strategic Management, Business Practice and Financial Management and will introduce students to the fundamental features and concepts of business management. For those students who do possess some business experience the module will provide academic underpinning to their business practise.

By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to appreciate and appraise different theories and frameworks in the context of Business and Management, evaluate real life company situations by applying conceptual knowledge and understanding of business practice, and apply theories, concepts and frameworks to analyse and evaluate practical management solutions and formulate operational strategies.

Employability

This is a pre-masters course which allows you to progress to a postgraduate course leading to many careers in all business-related areas.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees for a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course is designed in such a way that it contributes towards Sheffield Hallam University Postgraduate attributes. High level transferable skills, such as knowledge application, creative and critical thinking, research and enquiry are integral to the course. You will be encouraged to develop skills that will underpin your future academic and professional development. For example, during the assessed debate students propose a new sales strategy for a UK company, and present and defend their idea to their peers who take on the role of directors of different departments of the company, understanding the different drivers from each area of the company in the decision-making process.

The modules include case studies, team working and industry examples. Module content and related assessment will focus on past and present business scenarios and will form a vital chain in connecting theory with practice. These situations and practice led examples will enhance the student experience and will count towards greater student employability.

A major enhancement to the course will be the opportunity for you to carry out an assessed project based on real-world business problems faced by local organisations, which will be supported by the Venture Matrix team and by module tutors. The project aims to enhance your business awareness and take an enquiry-based approach to learning. The opportunity to visit and communicate regularly with a company will be particularly beneficial to you as an international student from the point of view of business engagement and real-life practical experience. You will be supported through this experience by the module teaching team to propose research-led solutions to a real business issue for a real company.

Examples of previous projects have included market research for a luxury snack company, researching new markets for a local engineering manufacturer, investigating the potential for a sportswear start-up and a competitor analysis for an online service provider.



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A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and systematic, high level study of a research project. The nature of the work and the time it takes to finish the research means a research degree is demanding and needs great commitment. Read more

A higher degree by research involves training in research methods and systematic, high level study of a research project. The nature of the work and the time it takes to finish the research means a research degree is demanding and needs great commitment.

You must present your results in a thesis, explain the methods used in your research and defend them in an oral examination.

To get an MPhil you must critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods.

Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI)

MERI is a multi-disciplinary research institute encompassing four research centres each with their own specialist groups operating within them. We undertake high quality academic research across a range of disciplines and apply this research knowledge in a commercial and industrial context. Research areas include • polymers and composites • solar energy • structural integrity and corrosion • functional coatings • simulation and modelling • robotics.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise we were the leading post–92 university in metallurgy and materials (UoA29). 75 per cent of our staff were judged to be internationally leading and we obtained a Times Higher Education average score of 2.15 reflecting the quality of our work and world class staff.

Our staff include • chemists • materials scientists • physicists • computer scientists • mechanical, electronic and electrical engineers, all working on individual or collaborative projects shared between research centres. Supported by a £6m equipment base, which will shortly undergo a £4m refurbishment, this inter-disciplinary approach enables us to solve complex problems ranging from fracture of artificial implants through to designing surfaces that can withstand frictional temperatures in excess of 1,000 degrees centigrade. Solutions to these kinds of problems put MERI at the top in terms of industrial collaboration.

The Materials Research and Analysis Service (MARS) is also a key strength in the research institute, established to provide regional business with access to research facilities and analysis, which enhances the capability of companies in terms of new and improved products.

Evidence of MERI’s research strength is reflected in the patent portfolio that currently consists of 22 granted patents with another 17 applications in progress.

MERI is made up of five centres of excellence

  1. The Thin Films Research Centre
  2. The Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
  3. The Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre
  4. The Structural Materials and Integrity Research Centre
  5. Materials Analysis and Research Services, Centre for Industrial Collaboration (MARS) (CIC)

Course structure

Training and development

An extensive range of training and development opportunities are available to doctoral researchers through the doctoral skills training series and MERI-based training.

MERI training:

Skills training for postgraduate research

This course will comprise 4 main sessions:

  • getting the most out of supervision
  • development needs analysis and personal development plans
  • research integrity and intellectual property
  • getting the most out of conferences

All of the sessions are mandatory for all MERI research students.

Weekly seminar programme

Speakers are invited weekly to discuss their latest research with our staff and students.

Research ethics

This session introduces you to the principle of research ethics and the Sheffield Hallam procedures for ethical clearance. It will also involve you doing an initial ethic checklist for your research project and introduce the online EPIGIUM module ethics 1, which all Sheffield Hallam research students must complete.

RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic system with which you can build up a database of all of your reference material. It is flexible and very powerful, particularly when it comes to outputting reference lists for papers and thesis.

Introduction to bibliographic databases

As a researcher it is vital to be able to access relevant high level information. Here you learn more sophisticated information retrieval skills and see how to use subject specific databases relevant to your research area.

Health and safety for postgraduate research

The session aims to provide clear health and safety guidelines for new postgraduate researchers around personal safety and safety of others within the university environment, including and laboratories & workshops.

Advanced measurement techniques

This module aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions on experimental materials analysis techniques. A number of techniques are demonstrated, the emphasis being on what each can achieve and the potentials for synergy from combining results obtained using from different techniques. This promotes effective decision making in research planning and operation, as well as a broad understanding of what different approaches can be used for.

MATLAB

MATLAB is a powerful programming language for numerical computations. It is employed in a range of industrial and academic environments. MATLAB has numerous built-in functions for engineering, physical, graphical, mathematical and computing applications. Besides this it has a variety of specialised toolboxes for specific applications, such as control systems, machine vision, signal processing and many others. MATLAB also has the symbolic toolbox that allows operating on symbolic expressions. In the first sessions we will cover MATLAB fundamentals, and the following sessions will be tailored to the specific research needs of attendees.

MERI research symposium event

The MERI Research Symposium is an excellent opportunity for both staff and students who are either active researchers, or who are interested in engaging in research, to meet with colleagues from across the faculty, to raise awareness of current research projects. The event will incorporate talks from academic staff and second year MERI PhD students, with poster presentations from final year undergraduate engineering students and first year MERI students.

Poster preparation

This course is aimed at first year students to give tips and techniques on how to prepare for the MERI Research Symposium Event, at which they will present a poster.

Talk preparation

All second year students are required to give a talk at the MERI Research Symposium Event.

Assessment

Thesis followed by oral examination

Employability

Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers, and for professional specialisation and development in an existing or planned career. The rigorous analytical thinking they involve also demonstrates ability to potential employers in all areas of work.



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The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is a specialised degree for those looking to develop the skills to conduct high quality research into business, management, organisations and related areas. Read more

Introduction

The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is a specialised degree for those looking to develop the skills to conduct high quality research into business, management, organisations and related areas. Many take the MRes in preparation for undertaking a doctorate (or take MRes modules as part of their first year PhD training) but the skills developed on the MRes will also be invaluable to those looking to conduct, evaluate and commission research in non-academic settings (for example in consultancy, development and policy making roles).
The emphasis is on producing researchers who are reflective and aware of the assumptions, strengths and limitations of their research; who are highly skilled in a multitude of management/organisational research techniques; and who are readily able to apply this knowledge in new and diverse domains. Whilst the programme provides specialist research training for those seeking academic careers employability is also key, with a strong practical focus.

Accreditation

The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods is accredited by the ESRC and the SGSS for training of PhD students.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MRes
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Scott Hurrell
- Location: Stirling Campus

Course objectives

The MRes course in Business and Management Research Methods is aimed at students wanting to:
- Undertake doctoral research in business and management.
- Equip themselves for an academic or commercial career in business and management research.
- Undertake, evaluate, commission or manage research in the commercial, public, or voluntary sectors.

Our philosophy is that postgraduate business and management students need the understanding and skills associated with high quality academic research. This approach applies equally to those who become either academic scholars or professional practitioners.
This course also serves as a generic entry point for the Stirling Management School Doctoral Programme. The Stirling Management School is a member institution of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. It welcomes applications for +3 doctoral studentships in the following areas: Accounting and Finance and Business and Management.

The MRes course provides you with broadly based, advanced research training that covers the social science research skills that are relevant for business, management, economic and policy research. On completion of the course students will:
(a) Understand the ontological and epistemological basis of the various research approaches, their limitations and their implications for questions and design.

(b) Be technically skilled in the use of qualitative, quantitative and experimental techniques and to collect and analyse data to an advanced level.

(c) Have the transferable skills to apply this knowledge to the design, conduct and reporting of research projects.

(d) Be able to critically analyse the methodologies used to conduct empirical research projects.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Why Stirling?

REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
The MRes teaching team are leading researchers who publish in ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world leading’ journals. Members of the team also have a strong track record of securing research funding, including from UK research councils and the European Union, and regularly advise governmental and policy bodies.

Strengths

The MRes in Business and Management Research Methods provides both a stand-alone Master of Research in Business and Management Research Methods and a programme of training for PhD researchers. It is part of a suite of very high prestige courses approved by the Economic and Social Research Council (the chief government sponsored agency that funds British-led economic and social research) for use in general research training of ESRC sponsored students undertaking PhD research. The course can be seen as equipping students for academic careers but it can also provide or enhance managers’ critical skills in both generating and evaluating the validity, reliability and limitations of evidence for decision making and implementation.

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
The course is aimed at those who wish to embark on an academic or commercial career in business, management and related research. The course is also invaluable for those working in public policy areas who need to conduct, analyse and commission research. It also provides essential research training for those planning to study for a PhD.

- Employability
Our students develop essential transferable skills, relevant to research. Skills include: critical thinking; analysis and interpretation of varied and complex data; making and supporting evidence based arguments; planning and implementing projects; self management; presentation skills; and self reflection.

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