Business, M.Res.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


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.

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.


• essays • projects • presentations


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.

Programme Structure

Course design

  • 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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
    • Average duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13250 International
  • GBP 6300 EU/EEA

Home / EU student:

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

2016/17 academic year

  • Typically £6,300 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 a year are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student:

2016/17 academic year

  • Typically £12,500 for the course

2017/18 academic year

  • Typically £13,250 for the course


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