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Business and Management MRes

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Business and Management MRes

The Business and Management MRes offers a route towards a Business PhD for students who are considering doctoral study. It forms the first stage of the Business PhD, but is also offered as a separate programme either for those who are considering doctoral study or who want to develop their research skills.

Accomplished researchers are highly demanded in both academia and the wider business environment. By undertaking a one-year Business and Management MRes, you demonstrate your ability to select and implement appropriate methodologies for business research.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

After an induction programme introducing you to the Business School and the expectations and ethos of the course, you will study and examine the philosophical underpinnings of research designs, methods of data collection as well as data analysis and reporting. After this, you can opt to study either advanced qualitative or advanced quantitative analysis methods. Alongside these taught modules, you undertake a literature review around your proposed area of research. The literature review will inform the doctoral research design, which sets out the research to be undertaken in the PhD, if you choose to continue your studies.


Written papers, literature review and doctoral research design.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


Research Design and Data Collection
Foundations of Data Analysis and Reporting
Advanced Qualitative Research
Advanced Quantitative Research
Literature Review
Doctoral Research Design

What this course offers you

Academic recognition, on graduation, for your advanced level of proficiency in selecting and implementing appropriate business research methodologies, as well as your in-depth understanding of how organisations are managed.

Increased employability due to the growing demand for accomplished researchers, and an additional point of differentiation from your peers.

The opportunity to use the skills you develop during the programme to undertake research projects for your employer.

Kingston Business School – an internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in HRM, marketing and general management.

Teaching quality that has been rated 'excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council (only a few of the UK business schools have received such recognition).

A supportive and pleasant study environment with an expert academic supervisory team to help you achieve your academic goals.

London location that provides both a peaceful study setting and easy access to the city centre.

An international curriculum along with School and staff collaborations worldwide ensure the programme is relevant to businesses globally.

Worldwide school and staff collaborations that support an international curriculum and ensure that the course has global relevance.

A conducive environment for doctoral study, including a dedicated doctoral students workspace and support to attend conferences and seminars.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Business and Management MRes page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirements for this course are the same as for the PhD. We welcome applications from those who possess: a masters degree in a relevant discipline or a first-class honours undergraduate degree; and academic references. Students wishing to apply for the MRes as a stand alone course (not as part of the PhD) may be considered if they hold a relevant honours degree (2:1 or higher) or a relevant master's degree. Holders of non-UK degrees will be subject to the University's normal entry procedures for equivalence of qualifications.

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