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Master of Research in Business and Management

A specialised Masters degree that will provide you with the skills to carry out high-quality research into business, management, organisations and other related areas.

Master of Research in Business and Management

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MRes full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • Accreditations Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Our Master of Research in Business and Management is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science for the training of PhD students.

You'll learn how to:

  • undertake doctoral research in business and management
  • equip yourself for an academic or commercial career in business and management research
  • undertake, evaluate, commission or manage research in the commercial, public, or voluntary sectors

The MRes course has a strong practical focus and trains you in the advanced skills necessary for business, management, economic and policy research.  Our aim is to help you to become a researcher who is:

  • reflective and aware of the assumptions, strengths and limitations of your research
  • highly skilled in a multitude of management and organisational research techniques
  • readily able to apply this knowledge in new and diverse domains

When you graduate, you’ll be a reflective, astute researcher who is highly skilled in a multitude of management and organisational research techniques. You’ll be able to apply this knowledge to a wide variety of situations and will be able to:

  • understand the assumptions made by different approaches to research, their limitations and their implications for answering research questions using an appropriate research design
  • use qualitative, quantitative and experimental techniques to collect and analyse data to an advanced level
  • apply this knowledge to the design, conduct and reporting of research projects
  • critically analyse the methodologies used to conduct empirical research projects
Learn from the experts

You’ll work closely with lecturers and supervisors, who are internationally recognised research experts, with strong track records in publishing findings of global significance. Our teaching team have a strong track record of securing research funding, including from UK research councils and the European Union. They also regularly advise governmental and policy bodies.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    Our MRes course is also the generic entry point for the University of Stirling Management School Doctoral Programme. The Management School is a member institution of the ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre. They welcome applications for doctoral studentships in Accounting and Finance, and Business and Management.

    The Master of Research in Business and Management is part of our suite of highly prestigious courses approved by the ESRC for use in general research training of ESRC sponsored students undertaking PhD research.

    Developing Business Leaders of the Future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

  • Professional accreditations

    The Master of Research in Business and Management is accredited by the ESRC and the SGSS for training of PhD students.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. 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. 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.

  • Academic 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.

  • 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: 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no sub test lower than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The Master of Research in Business and Management is a one-year course that will prepare you to enter a research career that contributes to society. You will first undertake formal research training to become a competent researcher and then you will conduct your own research under the guidance and support of a Stirling Management School academic supervisor.

In the Autumn semester you will be enrolled in two core modules that will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need to understand what business and management research is, and how it is done. For the third module, you can choose to focus your knowledge in a specific subject area. In the Spring semester you will be enrolled in one core module that helps you develop a review of the literature in your chosen subject area and you will choose two modules from a set of options that develop advanced knowledge in methods and in a subject-specific area.

In the summer months you will work closely with your supervisor to complete a research project, drawing on this research to complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £4,700 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £13,650 £14,300

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships
    ESRC funding

    The Master of Research in Business and Management is part of the application for the Doctoral Training Centre for Scotland by consortium of Scottish universities and replaces the prior recognition by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its 1+3 and +3 awards scheme. Under the Doctoral Training Scheme, UK students can apply to the ESRC for funded studentships that will cover fees and maintenance for the four-year programme (including the MRes), leading to the award of a PhD. Candidates from EU countries other than the UK are eligible to apply for a ‘fees only’ award.

    Further details of ESRC funding for postgraduates are available on the ESRC website.

    Stirling Management School postgraduate scholarships

    Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of leaving (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)
  • Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career

Our Master of Research in Business and Management is ideally suited to you if you want to pursue a career in a research-related field or undertake a PhD.

This course can also help to kick-start your 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. Employers of research specialists include:

  • universities
  • research institutes
  • policy-making organisations
  • governments
  • large corporations and market
  • research consultancies
HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world.  It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

This global talent portal comes as an addition to all other existing initiatives and resources you have access to at Stirling through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Employability skills

    At the University of Stirling Management School, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students realise their potential. Take a look at our video to hear more from our staff and how they can help you to enhance your employability.

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