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Master of Research (MRes)

Reasons to study for an MREs

A Masters in Research (MRes) is never a one-size-fits-all endeavour, but it offers advantages to all who earn the qualification. Researchers across the world pursue research education for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional. Knowing some of these reasons can help you determine if you’re ready to take this next step! Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge or work your way towards a PhD, here are a few reasons applicants begin their MRes journey.

1. Fulfilling an Internal Yearning

For most people who study MRes, there’s an internal yearning for what is next in research for them. Oliver (2006) advocates that on many occasions, academics see studying for an MRes as a personal challenge, that drives them to do more, and that there comes a time in their career when they ask themselves; What is next for me, How can I challenge myself to enhance my capability, and how can I improve my research capabilities.

2. Responding to a Desire to Research

In research, there is an inherent value in being a lifelong learner, and in studying for an MRes, there is also a focus on practising what you learn and enhancing your research capabilities. Researchers are expected to work from a place of expertise as they develop a vision to direct their research projects. Such researchers choose to earn their MRes in order to raise their level of expertise. They also understand that having an MRes gives them greater credibility as they advance in their careers.

3. Accessing Career Advancement and Opportunities

Normally most MRes students come with at least some research experience, whether it be as a classroom teacher, an administrator, or from business / industry and all are looking to grow professionally. Having an earned MRes is desirable for researchers and opens doors for career advancement and doctoral studies, it does so because it represents a significant personal investment and commitment to develop research capabilities. Professionally, the content, skills, and teamworking gained in an MRes further prepare the student for career advancement for the future.


MRes 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.


Course Objectives

Our MRes course is also the generic entry point for our Doctoral Programmes. You will work closely with lecturers and supervisors, who are internationally recognised research experts, with strong track records in publishing findings. 


You will 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 will be a reflective, astute researcher who is highly skilled in a multitude of management and organisational research techniques. You will 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 

Modes of Study

  • Fast Track - Full Time 

  • Work-based - Flexible - Part Time 

Start Dates - Normally

  • September 2023

  • January 2024

  • May 2024

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