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Course content

This course provides for advanced research study in the field of Management. It aims to provide aspiring managers and business specialists with key insights in to research theory and practice within the management discipline. Specifically the objectives of this course are:

1. To provide foundation training in basic and advanced research skills sufficient to enter a Doctoral programme. The programme is also suitable for candidates who may wish to obtain a research degree, but do not wish to commit themselves to a longer period of study.

2. Develop research practice and management theory (conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical) at a professional and academic level.

3. To provide an interdisciplinary context to research, gaining support from a variety of technical, academic and disciplinary contexts. 

4. Develop and apply key knowledge and understanding of Management theory and research practice to complex systems, both systematically and creatively, to improve management practice.

5. To enhance independent and high level learning skills and personal development critical awareness of the limits of various research techniques via taught modules and debates) so that researchers are able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to the management discipline.  

Course Content

Students will study 180 credits of specialist study in a range of Management topics. The course is made up of 80 credits of taught study followed by a 100 Credit Research based thesis. 

The following modules will be studied: 

3 x 20 Credit discipline specific modules selected from our existing Masters Portfolio (60 Credits)

ASR 7001 Research Practice (20 Credits)

Research Dissertation (100 Credits)

The MRes is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 25,000 word Research Dissertation. 

The exit point for this programme will be the Post Graduate Certificate gained through the successful completion of 60 credits of study from an approved Masters programme at the University. 

Learning & Teaching

The modules contained within this course use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Standard lectures are supplemented by group discussion and group problem solving exercises and group games in order to consolidate learning and apply theory in to a range of research environments. Collaboration with companies and discussions with successful Managers from a wide range of industries will provide an enhanced view of the practical world of management and will assist in defining the topic area of the research thesis. The discipline specific module is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and theory about their respective area of management research and the subject will be selected based on their future research topic. The research thesis will encourage students to work within organisations in order to apply their research work in to a real life setting. Part time students will be expected to apply their research in their place of work so that companies will benefit from the investment made in attending the course. 

A significant amount of work will be required by the students through independent learning and self-study. During these periods the supplemented by the Moodle VLE where key texts and research papers will be available for students to use.

Each student will be supported by the allocation of a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support for the student’s time on the course. The Course Director will also provide strategic leadership and direction to the course and will be available to each student who has specific issues regarding course content and structure. 


With the exception of the independent research dissertation, all module assessment is based upon 5,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, systems analysis and the design of interventions, research reports, presentations and critique. The independent research thesis will be presented as a traditional 25,000 word thesis and tested via a traditional viva voce examination. 

Employability & Careers

It is expected that many graduates from this course will go on to undertake research degree programmes and also obtain senior positions within a range of businesses managers / directors. 

Visit the Management (Research) - MRes page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!




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