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MRes Management

Course Description

This programme helps you develop a systematic understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in the field of business and management. It will equip you with an understanding of what constitutes quality research, and acquaint you with the research processes involved from the point of inception to project completion. You will be registered as an off-site University of Liverpool postgraduate research student, while studying at XJTLU in China.

The overall goal of the programme is to develop fully trained and competent management researchers who are able to understand and use research techniques appropriate to their subject area.

This programme is both a stand-alone masters programme as well as a prerequisite to those who wish to earn a PhD degree in management, economics or financial economics.
The programme will equip you with:
• review systematically, and evaluate critically, research paradigms and demonstrate how they inform research projects
• analyse business and management processes and their environment using a multitude of conceptual approaches
• understand how the examination of different aspects in business and management research can be integrated
• demonstrate comprehensive understanding and critical reflection of literature in the field of study
• demonstrate self-direction and originality in the design of quality research projects in a range of managerial and organisational settings
• understand and systematically apply research skills in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method data collection and analysis relative to business and management research
• appreciate how the organisational context affects the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation in business and management
• advance your knowledge and understanding through the completion and comprehensive write-up of independently conducted research projects


Students in this programme are required to take the following core modules, followed by a research project (dissertation).
• Business and Management as a Social Science
• Quantitative Methods
• Qualitative Methods
• Advanced Methods
• Dissertation

The programme also includes an additional 600 hours of Additional Learning Activity which will provide the students with research and professionally-relevant skills and any additional English training as required. Students can take all credit-bearing modules in the first 12 months and move onto the Ph.D. track at that stage (whilst committing to the completion of the additional learning aspects of the Masters programme) within the following 6 months, to receive the full Master’s qualification.

What are my career prospects?

Industry opportunities may manifest themselves in the form of research posts in private and public sector organisations. The programme has a substantial theoretical and methodological core which provides an essential basis for students moving on to doctoral level study.


Visit the MRes Management page on the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

50% ScholarshipXJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants will be considered for this scholarship based on academic merit.
Note: There are currently no scholarships available for part-time programmes.

The University of Liverpool discount If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20% of the tuition fee.

Corporate and Association Discounts

We are pleased to offer corporate and business/professional association discounts for managers

• For 2 or more managers from the same company or organisation for the same start date: 10% company discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer • For managers working for a company or organisation that is a paid-up member of an approved professional or industry association: 10% association discount on presentation of a confirmation letter from the employer and/or the association
To sign up for the corporate or association discount or to enquire whether an association has already been approved by the University please contact [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off the tuition fee


All applicants for full-time programmes will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit.

Application Procedure

For any enquiries regarding scholarships please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, economics, management, science or engineering.

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