Compulsory course units include: Research Process 1 Literature Review; Research Process 2 Research Design; and Philosophical and Methodological Issues in Management Science.
Candidates chooses three Qualitative Research Methods and three Quantitative Research Methods or STS Methods courses and one additional research method course which is non-assessed. Candidates on the Accounting & Finance pathway may take the Research Methods and Methodology for Accounting or Finance.
Candidates then choose three course units from those offered by the specialist masters programmes, which will usually depend on their pathway.
The course conforms to the present ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for undertaking a PhD.
Progression and assessment
Formal assessment uses a variety of modes, balancing between ongoing examination and coursework decided by what is appropriate for the learning objectives of the individual course units. Presentations, essays, dissertation, examination, literature review, completion of log book, write-up of workshop projects, and end-of-year research design are all included.