M.A. Business, By Research

University of Greenwich

Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,200 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 11,350 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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This innovative programme enables graduates in business and management to develop their understanding and appreciation of business activity through a programme of taught courses and applied research. It is designed to give students the very best in both research and consultancy skills, while providing an opportunity to develop their knowledge in a chosen field.

The programme is unlike many other Master's programmes as a major part of the award is based on the final dissertation, which makes up some two-thirds of the credits required to pass the degree.

Research is seen as an essential activity for the Business School as a foundation for excellence in teaching and to enable the School to provide contract research and consultancy services to business and the wider community, both nationally and at regional level, especially within south-east London and Kent.

The programme provides a more critical and rigorous exploration of the particular subject area than may be found in a more vocationally orientated Master's programme. It places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge than would normally be expected of a vocational or professional degree student.

At the end of this degree, successful students may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience for those considering this route.

The programme is also unusual as the focus on the research dissertation enables the student to focus on a particular subject interest. Students are likely to be graduates in relevant disciplines, consultants or practising managers who wish to develop sophisticated research skills and apply them to a specific subject area.


The aims of the programme are:

* To enable the student to develop research skills in business
* To provide the foundation for future research at MPhil/PhD level.


* Research Methods (15 credits)
* Advanced Research Methods (15 credits)
* Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
* Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
* Research Dissertation (120 credits)


Students are assessed on the taught courses through coursework whilst the dissertation is a substantial piece of written work which is also subject to an external viva voce examination.

Career options

Graduates can pursue career opportunities in both private and public sector research in professional areas and academia.


Applicants should have:

A good first degree (generally 2.2 or equivalent)

OR a professional qualification, such as a diploma in management studies.

Applicants should submit a research proposal and will be interviewed; applicants may also be asked to give a presentation.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) 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. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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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