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MRes Management

Year of entry: 2017

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Research
Duration
12 Months [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class . [Please note: Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here]. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to the programme.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MRes Y N N N

Course description

The Master of Research in Management  is awarded in recognition of the successful completion of an approved programme of training and research.  Students will pursue a programme of training and research which combines advanced study, research methodology and a substantial research project, or series of research projects.

It is a one year Master's degree which is designed to give students the opportunity to both develop their knowledge of specialist areas of business and management and develop the research skills essential for doctoral research. Many students who complete an MRes go on to apply to study a PhD.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MRes (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £17,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Funding

The University of Manchester is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding UK/EU students, holding an offer of a place on a master's course beginning in September 2014. You do not need to have studied your undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester, but need to meet a range of specific criteria - to find out if you are eligible, please visit our website .

Contact details

Academic department
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Doctoral Programmes Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 1200
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 6596
Email
Website
http://www.mbs.ac.uk/phd/programme-overview/other-research.aspx
Academic department overview
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Candidates must hold a Bachelors degree with Honours (to UK standard) of First or Upper Second (2:1) Class . [Please note: Due to variations in the grading structures of international institutions, higher results may be required than stated here]. 

Professional qualifications other than a Bachelors Degree and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to the programme.

English language

Candidates will be exempt from providing an English language test score if they are:

  • Native English speaker from one of the following countries; OR
  • In the process of completing a degree, or have graduated within the last 5 years, from one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, UK, USA.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you must demonstrate your English proficiency by taking one of the following tests and achieving the minimum stated score:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based or 623 paper-based (with a minimum of 20 in each component - internet based).
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 66 (with a minimum of 51 in each component)

If you are uncertain if these exemptions apply to you, please contact the Doctoral Programmes Office .

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

To submit an application, please apply online. Supporting documents may be provided electronically with your application, or you may provide them as hard copy documents directly to us here at the School.

An application should consist of the following documents.

1. Online application form

2. 3000-word Research Proposal outline

3. Certificates of all your previous degrees - these must be official English translations.

4. Grade transcripts of all your previous degrees - these must be official English translations. If you are currently undertaking a degree programme, an up-to-date interim transcript will be sufficient at this stage.

5. Two academic references, preferably from your most recent degree. Please note: If you are nominating a potential supervisor, they cannot act as a referee for you.

6. IELTS, TOEFL or PTE test result slip (if applicable)

Application deadlines for September entry:

30th June 2017.

We strongly recommend candidates to apply early and to make sure that all required documents are submitted with the application. Please note that there are specific deadlines if you wish to be considered for funding.

How your application is considered

1. Application submitted online

2. Application screened to ensure the candidate meets the entry requirements and has submitted all their supporting documents.

3. If the candidate meets the minimum entry requirements and all documents have been received, the application is passed to the appropriate academics within the School for consideration and to identify a suitable supervisory team.

4. Prospective supervisors will interview the applicant and make a decision following the interview

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The Master of Research in Management  is awarded in recognition of the successful completion of an approved programme of training and research.  Students will pursue a programme of training and research which combines advanced study, research methodology and a substantial research project, or series of research projects.

It is a one year Master's degree which is designed to give students the opportunity to both develop their knowledge of specialist areas of business and management and develop the research skills essential for doctoral research. Many students who complete an MRes go on to apply to study a PhD.

Aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide students with a rigorous training in research methods, including epistemological and theoretical issues as well as quantitative and qualitative methods, appropriate for their doctoral studies;
  • give students the flexibility to chose from a range of course options in the area of management research within a structured programme of courses;
  • offer a range of qualitative and quantitative methods course units so that students could chose the level and specialism that is appropriate to their background and current research training needs;
  • provide systematic and critical knowledge of one specific subject area of management research (such as accounting or marketing) so they appreciate current debates and issues;
  • introduce students to different paradigms to management research/studies thus equipping them with the general background to become professional researchers in management;
  • produce students who have the knowledge and skills to appreciate the growing importance of interdisciplinary research in management;
  • foster students' skills in analysis, argument, independent thinking, and effective oral and written self-expression and presentation skills;
  • build transferable employment related skills, so that students can become life-long learners able to apply their knowledge and skills in variety of contexts;
  • encourage initiative, independent learning and commitment to scholarship; and
  • develop core skills IT in computer literacy, numeracy, and use of databases.

Special features

The MRes programme is designed to meet the research training needs of students who intend to continue their postgraduate studies and complete a PhD but either do not have any postgraduate experience or have postgraduate degrees that are deemed to provide insufficient research training. We can envisage however that other types of students (students who wish to pursue a career as researchers in B&M consultancies, for example) might be interested in completing the MRes. Apart from providing an orientation to Doctoral research the MRes programme equips students with a range of generic and subject specific research skills and knowledge. It also develops students personal and career development skills and a number of transferable skills.

Teaching and learning

The MRes programme is organised into 13 subject-specific pathways, the choice of which will depend on the Subject Academic Group of the supervisor, the nature of the research topic, and your prior experience. Available pathways are:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Decision Sciences and Operational Research
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Public Sector Management
  • Science, Technology and Innovation

Coursework and assessment

Students are assessed on their selected course units throughout the year.  The method of assessment varies depending on the course unit requirements.

Course unit details

The programme provides a robust yet flexible research training across 13 subject-specific pathways, the choice of which will depend on the Subject Academic Group of the supervisor, the nature of the research topic, and your prior experience. Available pathways are:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Decision Sciences and Operational Research
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • International Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Public Sector Management
  • Science, Technology and Innovation

All course units - foundation, research methods and subject specific - are delivered by experienced academics and researchers with international reputation in their respective areas of expertise.  Students are also expected to conduct research for and write up a Masters dissertation by the end of the programme.

Course content for year 1

Candidates for the MRes must complete the following:

Compulsory course units:

  • Research Process
  • 2x Research Methods modules (one qualitative and one quantitative) related to your research discipline.  These modules exist in the AMBS MSc programmes.

Research Methods Electives:

Candidates must take 3 modules from the Research Methods Electives below -

BMAN80181 Advanced Survey Design

BMAN80411 Critical Thinking for Scientific Research

BMAN80020 Case Study Research: Method and Methodology

BMAN80062 Comparative Cast Study Analysis

BMAN80352 Mixed Methods Approaches in Management and Organization Studies

BMAN80502 Structural Equation Modelling

BMAN80802 Longitudinal Data Analysis

BMAN80602 Meta Analysis

BMAN80702 Multilevel Modelling in Mplus

BMAN80542 Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

In consultation with the supervisor and subject to agreement with the module convenor and approval by MRes/RTP Director, instead of 3 5-credits modules, candidates can choose

  • (a) a 15-credits Research Methods module from (1), or
  • (b) a 15-credit Subject Specific Electives from (3).

Subject-Specific Electives:

Candidates choose two modules from MSc programmes offered in AMBS/Faculty.

Dissertation (25,000 - 30,000 words)

Skills Training and Personal Development Planning

Candidates are also required to undertake 10 days training in academic, research, transferable or IT skills. This training is usually provided by Faculty of Humanities and is not assessed.

Additional fee information

Home (UK/EU):

The tuition fees for 2017-18 entry have not yet been confirmed.  However, as a guide, for 2016-17, the tuition fees were:

Full-time: £7,700

Part-time: £3,850 for Year 1.  The fee for Year 2 is subject to an increase.

Overseas:

For 2017-18 entry, tuition fees are:

Full-time: £17,000

Part-time: £8,500 for Year 1.  Please note that students who require a Visa to study in the UK are not normally permitted to study on a part-time basis.

For general fees information, please visit: Postgraduate Fees .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The MRes programme can be awarded in its own right, but is designed to lead onto future PhD study.