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Year of Entry 2021/22


Gain an understanding of a range of research methods and strategies relevant to the investigation of business.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Meet your research training needs in social science and business research methodologies
  • Earn a vocationally-relevant qualification for research oriented work
  • Take the opportunity to meet and discuss research issues with students from other MRes Social Sciences routes

Develop your knowledge and critical understanding of research theories and methods relevant to business and understand the ethical issues involved. The skills developed, along with the dissertation you complete, form a sound basis to carry out research in a variety of settings or apply for a PhD.

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Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

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‘The course equipped me with valuable research skills and expertise, providing a solid foundation from which to progress to further study. Having completed the MRes programme, I was published in the first year of my PHD. I am now working as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam, while writing up my final thesis.’

Ifedapo Awolowo, MRes Business, 2015 graduate

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How you learn

Watch course leader Dr Christine Gilligan talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Modules are taught by staff within applied social sciences in the College of Social Sciences and Arts and by staff in our Sheffield Business School. Approaches and methods used during the course include biographical research, ethnography, experimental design, survey design and analysis.

You learn through:

  • essays
  • projects
  • presentations

Course leaders and tutors

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Dr. Fariba Darabi
Senior Lecturer in International Business, College of Business, Technology & Engineering

Fariba teaches Business and Management modules at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels mainly Global Supply Chain Management, Export Management, and Research Method … Read more

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

You will be working with a variety of students from the social science disciplines and PhD students from SBS who come from a variety of backgrounds. This course provides a great opportunity to share skills and expertise with other researchers.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a research career in any area of business, including

  • business operations
  • financial information systems
  • facilities management
  • financial services
  • banking
  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • marketing
  • organisational behaviour
  • human resources
  • strategic management
  • food
  • hospitality management
  • international business
  • languages
  • leisure management
  • tourism
  • corporate social responsibility
  • sustainable development
  • social enterprise and mutuals

Many graduates go on to complete PhDs but others have gone on to work in the financial sector, hospitality management and marketing.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Entry requirements

All students

Typically a 2.2 degree in a suitable subject. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If your first language is not English, you need to have achieved IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you have suitable qualifications or experience you may seek exemption from some modules.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation (Mres Business) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Philosophies Of Business And Management Research Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research 1 Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Design And Execution For Organisation And Business Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 1: Design And Application Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Discourse And Linguistic Theory And Analysis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Qualitative Research 2 Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 2: Descriptive Analysis And Statistical Significance Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Survey Method 3: Modelling Survey Data Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2021

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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