Our Masters in Business and Management Research Methods 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 ontological and epistemological basis of the various research approaches, their limitations and their implications for questions and 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

#1 The course is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council via the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

#2 We prepare you for study at the doctorate level, as well as research-based roles in business and the public sector

#3 Our University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact (REF 2014)

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 MRes Business and Management Research Methods 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.

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Professional accreditations

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

Course details

The MRes Business and Management Research Methods consists of two 15-week semesters of taught modules which run from mid-September to late December, and from January until the end of May. Over the summer months, you’ll undertake a three-month dissertation of up to 15,000 words. This is your chance to develop your own research questions and apply the methods you have learnt to your own research project. To support you, we offer you an expert supervisor who provides guidance throughout the process.

At the start of our course, there's an intensive period of 'learning to learn' and teambuilding activities. This induction period lets you develop new learning styles and understand the expectations that will be placed on you through an engaged approach. You’ll learn about yourself and your own interactional and learning styles.

You'll also learn about others and gain an appreciation of a diverse range of approaches to learning, along with cultural and individual differences. During this induction period, we'll give you an insight into the exciting year ahead, and what is expected of you. This provides a foundation of activities to help you make the most of the course.

We aim to inspire you to be fully engaged and equipped to embark on the formal teaching course, invigorated and committed to the journey ahead with newly developed intellectual, interactional and presentational skills.

The taught content of the course will give you expertise and skills across a whole range of techniques that are relevant for research in the areas of business, management and organisations. You’ll learn the philosophical bases of research and how research questions may be developed and answered. The course then provides in-depth coverage of quantitative, qualitative and experimental research methods, their uses and limitations and how they may be practically applied to research projects.


Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars and practical classes. There are also opportunities for independent learning and exploration.


You’ll be assessed by coursework, including written assignments and presentations, as well as the dissertation. Some modules also have an examination element.

Course director

Professor George Burt

+44 (0)1786 467356


Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas £13,650
  • Home/EU £4,700
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