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MRes in Business and Management


Course Description

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.

Visit the MRes in Business and Management page on the University of Stirling website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Mr Chris Ball

Why I wanted to do the MRes (Master of Research in Business and Management)
I did the MRes as the first part of an ESRC-funded PhD studentship to study environmental entrepreneurship in France, Germany and Britain. I was pleased to be doing the MRes, as I felt it would allow me to hone my research skills and that this would be excellent preparation for my PhD. Although I had done an MSc in France and I had some prior knowledge of research methods, the MRes was an opportunity to really gain specific and thorough research training into both the theory and practice of research in a business and management context.

My experience of doing an MRes in Stirling Management School
I had a very good experience with the MRes. The choice available within the MRes programme meant that I could tailor the course to my own needs – for example, I was able to choose modules in policy evaluation and energy policy which were both relevant to the topic of my PhD. I felt that I received a very good grounding in both the sociological background to research and the practical tools of management research and the skills and knowledge developed will help me either as an academic or in a role in practice involving research. The course was delivered in an engaging way with varied use of seminars, workshops and lectures and the assignments were focused on my own research project which helped me to reflect on how best to approach my own PhD.

Where I aim to head with my career
I am now fully engaged with my PhD study and my goal is to pursue a career as an academic, as I really enjoy research and teaching. In the meantime, I am concentrating on how to disseminate my research and how to improve my teaching skills – I recently completed a Higher Education teaching qualification to help with this. Initially, I would like to work at an overseas institution to gain greater international experience – this is very easy to do in a research career.

(Student Profile)

Mr Chris Ball

Why I wanted to do the MRes (Master of Research in Business and Management)
I did the MRes as the first part of an ESRC-funded PhD studentship to study environmental entrepreneurship in France, Germany and Britain. I was pleased to be doing the MRes, as I felt it would allow me to hone my research skills and that this would be excellent preparation for my PhD. Although I had done an MSc in France and I had some prior knowledge of research methods, the MRes was an opportunity to really gain specific and thorough research training into both the theory and practice of research in a business and management context.

My experience of doing an MRes in Stirling Management School
I had a very good experience with the MRes. The choice available within the MRes programme meant that I could tailor the course to my own needs – for example, I was able to choose modules in policy evaluation and energy policy which were both relevant to the topic of my PhD. I felt that I received a very good grounding in both the sociological background to research and the practical tools of management research and the skills and knowledge developed will help me either as an academic or in a role in practice involving research. The course was delivered in an engaging way with varied use of seminars, workshops and lectures and the assignments were focused on my own research project which helped me to reflect on how best to approach my own PhD.

Where I aim to head with my career
I am now fully engaged with my PhD study and my goal is to pursue a career as an academic, as I really enjoy research and teaching. In the meantime, I am concentrating on how to disseminate my research and how to improve my teaching skills – I recently completed a Higher Education teaching qualification to help with this. Initially, I would like to work at an overseas institution to gain greater international experience – this is very easy to do in a research career.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £4,500; Overseas £11,900


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