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Chris Ball

MRes Business and Management

Why I wanted to do the MRes (Master of Research in Business and Management)

I did the MRes as the first part of an ESRC-funded PhD studentship to study environmental entrepreneurship in France, Germany and Britain. I was pleased to be doing the MRes, as I felt it would allow me to hone my research skills and that this would be excellent preparation for my PhD. Although I had done an MSc in France and I had some prior knowledge of research methods, the MRes was an opportunity to really gain specific and thorough research training into both the theory and practice of research in a business and management context.

My experience of doing an MRes in Stirling Management School

I had a very good experience with the MRes. The choice available within the MRes programme meant that I could tailor the course to my own needs – for example, I was able to choose modules in policy evaluation and energy policy which were both relevant to the topic of my PhD. I felt that I received a very good grounding in both the sociological background to research and the practical tools of management research and the skills and knowledge developed will help me either as an academic or in a role in practice involving research. The course was delivered in an engaging way with varied use of seminars, workshops and lectures and the assignments were focused on my own research project which helped me to reflect on how best to approach my own PhD.

Where I aim to head with my career

I am now fully engaged with my PhD study and my goal is to pursue a career as an academic, as I really enjoy research and teaching. In the meantime, I am concentrating on how to disseminate my research and how to improve my teaching skills – I recently completed a Higher Education teaching qualification to help with this. Initially, I would like to work at an overseas institution to gain greater international experience – this is very easy to do in a research career.

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