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MRes in Management

Course Description

The MRes Management is ideal for anyone wishing to undertake research into management and its related disciplines. If you want to develop expertise in a particular area, perhaps with a view to an academic career or to improve your employability by developing specialist knowledge, you might like to consider the MRes Management programme.

The programme will provide you with substantial training in a range of research techniques and methods used in the social sciences, and an understanding of their theoretical and philosophical underpinnings. You will also develop your managerial knowledge through specialist management options. The research-based dissertation will enable you to apply your research skills and develop an in-depth knowledge in an area of your choice, with the support of a supervisor. You will gain an essential foundation for research in management with this programme, and learn how to analyse and understand management research, as well as use research techniques from the social sciences to assess management problems and research debates. When you have completed the programme, you will have acquired the abilities to organise a research project, manage self-driven enquiry and write management research.

This programme forms part of the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre – a hub of world-class social sciences research https://www.exeter.ac.uk/doctoralcollege/fundedcentres/swdtc/.

Programme Structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.
Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory modules

Recent examples of compulsory modules are as follows; Business and Management Research Skills ; Methods and Techniques for Independent Research; Philosophy of the Social Sciences and Current Research Issues in Management.

Optional modules

Some examples of recent modules are as follows; Advanced Marketing Seminars; Consumption, Markets & Culture; Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development; Brand Design ; Managing Operations; Strategic Innovation Management; Strategy; Understanding Consumer Behaviour; International Human Resource Management; Marketing Strategy and Principles of International Business.

Visit the MRes in Management page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yuki Sakurai

3940.jpg “I want to work as a researcher at a university in Japan one day, but to do that it was essential for me to gain a relevant postgraduate qualification, both at Masters and PhD level. Coming from Japan, I knew I wanted to study in an English-speaking country, to improve my English and benefit from the quality of teaching here. I considered going to London but thought it would be too busy for me, and Exeter offered a quieter pace of life where I could focus more on my studies. I had also heard about the University being ranked very highly for student satisfaction.

I am studying an MRes in Management, following on from my Business undergraduate degree that I took in Japan. I am particularly interested in the area of tourism management and in how Japan’s regional towns can promote themselves to become more prosperous. One of my tutors Dr Joanne Connell is a specialist in film tourism, which looks at how towns or regional areas use films as a way to attract people to visit them. I already had an interest in this subject so was very pleased to find an expert in this field teaching on my course. I am now hoping to be able to work with Joanne on my film tourism dissertation.

The course I am doing is largely a research-based one, so I do a lot of work on my own. I try to make time to get to the gym on campus and to visit the city centre at the weekend, to give me some breathing space. That said, my priority is to study as much as I can, and the environment and learning community is very much centred on helping you to learn and develop your knowledge and areas of interest. My plan is to go on to do a PhD next so I am looking forward to building on the research I am doing this year and taking that to the next stage.

If I can offer some advice to other students considering this course, I would say that it is a good idea to think about what subject or theme you want to specialise in for your dissertation – that can give you a head-start when you get here. Apart from that, prepare yourself for climbing lots of hills – Exeter is a very beautiful, but very hilly, place!”


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in one of the social sciences. Please see website for details View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") website

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