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Law, Business and Management, Accounting and Finance

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1 April 2014

Business and Law

The Masters of Research (MRes) programme has been developed to equip students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake major research projects such as a PhD.

The 5 taught modules on the MRes address the areas of research philosophy, literature review, quantitative and qualitative methods as well as research design.  These are then followed by a specialist research methods module and culminate in a dissertation which demonstrates the student's expert knowledge in their chosen area of research.

If a student chooses to continue onto a PhD, the dissertation is used as a starting point for the PhD programme.

The Master of Research (MRes) Business and Law represents a formal programme of training in research, combining generic elements together with specialist subject training.  At the culmination of the MRes, the research project undertaken in the dissertation module will demonstrate advanced subject knowledge, including the command of specialist skills and methodologies, to a standard,and of a volume, compatible with the research project component of taught

Masters-level qualifications. Generic learning outcomes will include the advanced synthesis of literature, planning and conduct of a substantial research project, and critical analysis of research findings.

Programme Outline

The MRes includes modules which are selected to enable students to gain the technical competence in research skills and methodologies, required to support further specialist research.

The components of generic research training covers research methodologies applicable to a wide range of research fields, together with personal and transferable skills, including presentation skills, project planning and management, team working, and information skills such as access to the World Wide Web. This provides the student with comprehensive training in generic skills and methodologies, in addition to the subject specific advanced technical training gained through a specialist research method module and the dissertation.

The modules undertaken are shown below:
Philosophical Approaches and Frameworks

Critical Review of Literature

Qualitative Methods

Quantitative Methods
Research Design, Data Collection and Management
Specialist Research Methods


Modules are delivered in 2 x 2 day blocks, except the Specialist Research Methods and Dissertation modules which involve a programme of study tailored to the needs of the individual student. The programme will commence in September each year.

Enrolment onto the PhD programme
The award is equivalent in level to a modular taught Masters degree, and can be progressed to further research at Ph.D. level. Therefore, students successfully completing the one-year full-time MRes programme, with 180 credits may seek to enrol for a PhD.

As a guide, students seeking to enrol for direct entry onto PhD would normally be expected to attain both an overall mean mark for the programme of at least 60% and a mark of 60% or above in the dissertation module. Those students who successfully complete the MRes but do not reach this level of attainment may seek to enrol on the PhD programme via the MPhil transfer route.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is done by a range of methods; written courseworks, presentations and a dissertation.


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