MRes Overview

Course Overview

The course draws on the wide range of expertise that exists across the Faculty and, where necessary, from other universities. By bringing together academics and professionals from a range of subject areas and a variety of cultures, the course provides a stimulating environment in which to develop traditional and innovative research competencies.

Professionals involved in generating or analysing knowledge in public, private or voluntary sectors are increasingly recognised as valuable assets and the source of advanced management expertise and innovations in business processes.

The MRes is also increasingly important as the prerequisite qualification for students wishing to undertake a Doctorate.

Students develop competencies across the spectrum of research methods, balancing the acquisition of specialist knowledge with the ability to apply a range of research techniques in a practical environment.

Core Classes

  • Research Methods

    ...introduces students to a range of different methodological approaches to conducting research and key issues researchers are commonly faced with (e.g. relevance of practitioner engagement, ethics). Students will be provided a broad overview of research choices and issues from the perspective of Strathclyde staff representing each department in the Business Faculty who will present vignettes from their own research projects.

  • Research Philosophy

    ...provides the philosophical foundations for research methods training. It is based on the premise that an appreciation of the philosophical dimensions of research is essential if students are to make appropriate methodological choices in their research, to defend the knowledge claims of their work, and to evaluate critically the contributions of others in the research community.

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods: Survey Design & Analysis

    ...introduces survey design and analysis and acts as a first step in providing basic statistical knowledge for students wanting to go on to Advanced Quantitative Methods. It will enable students considering mixed methods to acquire skills to allow successful use of survey methods.

  • Quantitative Methods

    ...builds on Introduction to Advanced Quantitative Methods: Survey Design and Analysis. It is designed to provide students with more advanced skills in statistical methods. The module will develop students’ understanding of widely used multivariate data analysis techniques used in management research, and introduce students to more contemporary statistical tools.

  • Advanced Qualitative Methods

    ...develops knowledge, understanding and skills in the implementation of a variety of qualitative methods. Links will be explored between methodological position and methods adopted as a basis for developing and defending the student’s own methodological position and choice of methods applied. It will also build students’ ability to critique qualitative research in extant literature and consider the methodological foundations for such studies.

  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research

    ...aims to help participants understand the nature and dynamics of collaborative research. The class draws on the extensive research on collaboration conducted within the Department of Management. It develops the requisite skills for engaging in such projects. University-wide participation from researchers at various stages of their career is encouraged.

  • Research Colloquium

    ...provides students with an opportunity to present and prosecute their proposed research and to develop their appreciation of research‐related issues – methodological and conceptual ‐ in the context of their own project. It requires participation in a colloquium setting with other research student peers and staff, and submission of a written piece of work. The assignments for this class represent a significant milestone in the dissertation or thesis of research students in the Business School.

  • Writing & Presenting Research

    ...addresses issues associated with writing and presenting research for academic (e.g. thesis, research paper, viva) and user group (e.g. newspaper article, public speaking) purposes. It also deals with the development of a research proposal and develops skills required for academic research. The class provides skills that will help students create, promote and defend a thesis or dissertation

Course Length

  • MRes: 12 months
  • PgDip: 9 months
  • PgCert: 6 months

Entry Requirements

Degree in Business and Management or other qualification equivalent to a Master’s degree or a first or upper second class Honours degree from a British University.

Careers and Research Opportunities

MRes degrees give students an opportunity to prepare for undertaking more extensive research in academia or industry. Graduates of this degree should be in a position to continue studies for a PhD, or to work as practising risk and reliability analysts.

Opportunities exist to continue studies towards a PhD for successful candidates.

How to Apply

All applicants for postgraduate research degrees should make informal contact with the appropriate department before submitting an application (for contacts see here). This usually requires a research proposal and CV. Applications can be made at any time. Registration normally commences in October of each year.

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Contact Information

For further information about the programme, please contact:

Postgraduate admissions
Strathclyde Business School
University of Strathclyde
199 Cathedral Street
G4 0QU
Tel +44(0)141 553 6105 / 4590