Master Business MRes

Sheffield Hallam University

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,662 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,789 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This social science research methods course for business and management introduces you to a range of methods and strategies, and the underpinning theories and philosophies.

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 route has Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) recognition as training for research students in organisation and management.

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 Science routes.

All staff teaching and supervising are research active. Research areas include o business operations o financial information systems o facilities management o financial services o banking o financial accounting o management accounting o marketing o organisational behaviour o human resources o strategic management o food o hospitality management o international business o languages o leisure management o tourism.

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


Course content
* 60 credits for the postgraduate certificate
* 120 credits for the postgraduate diploma
* 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.

For the MRes, you 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.


Normally an honours degree, or equivalent, in a suitable subject.

If your first language is not English, you need to have achieved IELTS 6.5 or above.

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

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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