University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Business and Management

Students learn the philosophical bases of research and how research questions may be developed and answered. The course then provides in depth coverage of quantitative, qualitative and experimental research methods, their uses and limitations and how they may be practically applied within research projects. The course in Business and Management Research Methods is aimed at students wanting to: Undertake doctoral research in business and management; equip themselves for an academic or commercial career in business and management research; undertake, evaluate, commission or manage research in the commercial, public, or voluntary sectors.On completion of the course students will: Understand the ontological and epistemological basis of the various research approaches, their limitations and their implications for questions and design; be technically skilled in the use of qualitative, quantitative and experimental techniques; have the transferable skills to apply this knowledge to the design, conduct and reporting of research projects; be able to critically analyse the methodologies used to conduct empirical research projects. This course also serves as a generic entry point for the Stirling Management School Doctoral Programme.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. If English is not the applicant's 1st language, evidence of proficiency must be provided such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands). If the applicant does not meet the required score it may be possible to register for 1 of our pre-sessional English courses. To register the applicant must hold a conditional offer for the course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Course modules

Semester 1: Fundamentals and philosophy of management research; qualitative methods for management research 1; understanding and using statistics. Semester 2: Qualitative methods for management research 2; experiments for decision making in business and policy; survey measurement and analysis. Students write a dissertation of up to 15000-words on a topic approved in advance by the Course Director.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework, including written assignments and presentations, as well as the dissertation. Some modules also have an examination element.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MRes Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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