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MRes in Management

Course Description


The aim of the MRes programme is to provide foundation training in research skills to enter a Management Doctoral programme. The MRes programme is also suitable for those who may wish to obtain a Management research degree, but do not wish to commit to a longer period of study.

The MRes equips the student with the conceptual, methodological, practical, and ethical skills necessary for careers in management studies research, assessed by formative and summative assessments as defined by the General Principles of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Our MRes will equip the student with advanced knowledge of contemporary debates in management research philosophy and methodology, by engaging them in interdisciplinary debates and workshops.

The MRes provides students with the necessary skills to apply concepts and techniques, a critical awareness of the limits of such techniques, and the interactions between the student's own research specialism and the broader field of management studies.

Course Structure

Term 1
Introduction to Social Research Methods
Critique of Literature
Methods for Systematic Review

Term 2
Philosophy and Process of Management Research
Qualitative Research Methods

Term 3
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Management Research
Quantative Methods and Data Analysis (Part 1)
Quantative Methods and Data Analysis (Part 2)
Research Design and Implementation

The MRes programme culminates in a research project comprising a 12,000 word dissertation on a topic related to one of the key themes of the degree, but tailored to your specific interests. This is a self-directed module supported by an academic supervisor. The MRes dissertation provides an opportunity for original research and effective project management.

Brief Description of Modules Aims

Introduction to Social Research Methods
This course enables students to:
- gain an understanding of the principles of management research as part of the wider context of social inquiry including related methodological and ethical debates from both generic social science and management studies perspectives.
- address the historical emergence of social research and of business and management considering sociological and psychological perspectives and landmark studies.

Critique of Literature
This module is concerned with:
- enhancing students’ ability to critically evaluate academic and related literatures for research purposes.
- review extant literatures when undertaking research; assess different approaches to the evaluation, summation and assessment of literature; reflectively consider the nature of critique; experience the processes of reviewing and evaluating papers submitted.
- a set of conceptual approaches and practical experiences necessary for reading and evaluating work in any branch of management and related studies.

Methods for Systematic Review
The module aims to provide an introduction to:
- the general principles underlying systematic review methodology and critical appraisal skills in management and related studies.
- the rationale behind systematic reviewing; search strategies; consideration of reliability, comparability and validity issues.
- methods of synthesising data including introduction to both narrative and meta-analytic methods.

Philosophy and Process of Management Research
The module introduces the student to:
- the epistemological and ontological underpinnings of management research.
- accessibility of research material such as journal articles.

Qualitative Research Methods
The aim of the module is to:
- familiarise students with and develop understanding of key techniques of qualitative analysis.
- examine the assumptions, advantages, merits and demerits of the respective approaches to qualitative and multi-method research.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Management Research
This course allows students to:
- look at how different disciplines approach the same themes or concepts with their different, and distinctive, disciplinary tools, and explore whether and how approaches can be combined to address common issues.
- evaluate the complex, symbiotic, relationships between the key paradigms driving research in the field of management studies.
- critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of interdisciplinary approaches to management studies.

Quantative Methods and Data Analysis (Part 1)
The module aims to enable students to:
- understand and apply the principles and techniques of statistical data analysis.
- understand the statistical ideas/concepts and theoretical principles underpinning quantitative data analysis.
- assess principles and processes of generating quantitative data, including probability sampling, normal distribution, operationalising variables, categories of data and levels/scales of measurement and questionnaire design.

Quantative Methods and Data Analysis (Part 2)
This follow on module covers:
- social statistics, taken from national databases (especially from Datastream) to demonstrate statistical techniques.
- statistical packages to apply the techniques introduced in the theoretical component.
- software packages (e.g. Stata and SPSS) to develop generic skills in data manipulation.

Research Design and Implementation
This module is designed to:
- develop students’ understanding of research design and the research implementation process.
- understand the context of their research; Integrate the literature review into their methodology; refine the research question.
- understand the importance of adequate conceptual and theoretical frameworks and the selection and application of appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Note: Course descriptions on these pages are indicative, and subject to possible change.

A World-class University Environment

The University of York holds top spots in national and international rankings:
- 1st in UK for best overall University experience according to a survey of international students studying at UK institutions(hotcoursesabroad.com).
- 8th in UK/45th worldwide for Research and Research Linkages in the EU ranking of Universities worldwide.
- 11th in The Times/Sunday Times University League Table 2014.
- Top 100 in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.
The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Our aim is to develop intellectual, entrepreneurial and highly employable graduates in a world class university environment renowned for its friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

York is a beautiful location and one of Europe's finest cities, with world class cultural attractions. According to Tripadvisor, York is the 6th best destination in the UK. In addition, it is one of the three safest UK cities to study according to The Complete University Guide 2013 and it presents students with plenty of opportunities for leisure activities.

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any subject. Please note that preference may be given to students with some prior study of business management. Applicants are encouraged to include a short research proposal, which identifies their area of interest, with their application. Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

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