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MRes Business

Learn core social science research methods alongside supporting theory relating to business on this masters course. This course is ideal if you are planning a career in business and management or wish to conduct research in this area.

Course length 1-3 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

Gain an understanding of a range of research methods and strategies relevant to the investigation of business in all its aspects, alongside underpinning theories and philosophies. You gain the skills you need to carry out research in a variety of areas using qualitative or quantitative research methods.

The course
• meets your research training needs in social science and business research methodologies
• provides a vocationally relevant qualification for research oriented work
• enables established researchers to upgrade specific skills

It is ideal if you have a degree in business and management or other related discipline and you plan to work in, or conduct research in business and management or related subject areas.

Through designing and conducting research in your specialised area, you gain technical competence in research and evaluation. You develop your knowledge and critical understanding of research theories and methods and the ethical issues involved. This course also equips you to carry out further research as part of a PhD programme of study.

Modules are taught by staff within applied social sciences in the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School and by staff in our Sheffield Business School. In some modules, you have the opportunity to meet and discuss research issues with students from other MRes Social Sciences routes.

All staff teaching and supervising are research active. Research areas include • 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.

Approaches and methods used during the course include biographical research • case study • ethnography • experimental design • media analysis • survey design and analysis.

The skills developed in the taught element of this course, along with the research based dissertation you complete for the Masters degree, form a sound basis for students wishing to take their research further and apply for a PhD.

Short courses/Postgraduate diploma/Postgraduate certificate
You can take individual modules as short courses or combine them towards a PgDip/PgCert Research Methods in Business.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.

2018 entry requirements

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.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Part-time – typically three years
Depending on your route and starting time in the year (September or February), classes run in the evenings and/or in blocks of study during the day. Please contact us for more details.

Typical modules may include

Course design

• 180 credits for the MRes

You chose up to 120 credits from
• qualitative methodologies and interviewing skills
• qualitative research designs
• discourse and linguistic theory and analysis
• quantitative research
• multivariate statistical analysis
• survey design
• advanced design and statistics for psychology
• philosophies of business and management research
• research design and execution for organisation and business

You may substitute up to 30 credits from another course in our MRes programme.

To gain the MRes Business, you must present a 60 credit research-based dissertation, supervised by staff in an area of your choice. This piece of work is intended to display the skills you have learned and your understanding of the research process and underlying philosophies. You can use this work as a pilot study towards a PhD.

Assessment
  • essays
  • projects
  • presentations

Employability

You learn the skills to carry out independent research in the business sector. These skills include the ability to consider a research problem and associated ethical issues and select a suitable approach. Such skills and knowledge are in demand in many organisations.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £6,400 for the course year

Part-time – typically £2,135 a year for 3 years

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas. Find out more and check course eligibility.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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