Business Research allows you to explore the subject over a range of disciplines at postgraduate level, giving you wide ranging skills, knowledge and applications. You may look at financial data such as sales reports, competitor analysis, or qualitative surveying of customers, products, industry data and third party data. You will be in demand across all sectors to quantify and qualify decision making at top level.
This programme is studied on campus.
Research students are very much encouraged to participate in seminar programmes across the range of disciplines and to discuss their research with staff outwith the specific focus of their PhD. More details about the staff of the Business School and their research interests can be found under the specific entries for Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management and Property.
Key Programme Information
At a Glance
- Learning Mode
- On Campus Learning
- Degree Qualification
- 12 months or 24 months
- Study Mode
- Full Time or Part Time
- Start Month
What You'll Study
- Semester 1
Plus two of the following:
- Business Strategy (BU5048) - 15 Credit Points
Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.
- Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - 15 Credit Points
Business cannot be conducted without some form of communication between the participants involved. This course examines a wide variety of different types of interpersonal communication in different types of business contexts and, by so doing, provides students with a detailed and practical overview of this vitally important subject area.
- Marketing Management (BU5039) - 15 Credit Points
The course will apply theoretical and practical content to explore the key concepts of marketing management to provide students with an understanding of planning, coordinating and controlling marketing activities. It aims to take students understanding beyond what has been labelled as a transaction-based approach to a relationship-based approach. As such the aim is to provide students with an understanding of the role of marketing in establishing, developing and maintaining relationships for mutual gain. This will be achieved through a combination of lectures, seminars, simulations and directed private study.
- Consultancy and Innovation (BU5051)
- New Product and Service Development (BU5041)
- Marketing Decision Making (BU5043) - 15 Credit Points
The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.
- Operations and Project Management (BU5064) - 15 Credit Points
The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.
- Semester 2
- Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods (SO5523) - 30 Credit Points
All researchers need to understand quantitative research, not only those who carry it out themselves. Everyone comes across quantitative research in literature reviews and even in the press. In this course students will acquire an understanding of the most common quantitative methods they are likely to use or come across in published sociological research. The module will encompass different types of quantitative study and address issues such as when quantitative methods are appropriate, how quantitative questions are formulated, research design, sampling (both online and offline), scale construction, reliability and validity and ethical practices in quantitative research and design.
- Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research (SO5524)
- Semester 3
- Mres Dissertation (BU5967) - 60 Credit Points
Students who have been accepted by the Business School to undertake a '1 + 3' programme of doctoral study and are doing the MRes as a preliminary to doctoral study, will have established a supervisory team at the outset of their studies. Students taking the MRes as a stand-alone degree will be allocated one supervisor.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
How You'll Study
- Individual Projects
Assessment: All assessment is based on coursework.
Why Study Business Research?
- Business research is fundamental to most work situations.
- Business research is now moving to 'Big Data' a big trend.
- The skills and knowledge you gain can be applied to numerous different situations in different industries.
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
An Honours degree (upper second class or above) or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject(s).
Two academic references are required.
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English Language Requirements
To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54
Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
- Degree Transcript
- a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
- Personal Statement
- a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
- a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person
Fees and Funding
You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.
|Home / EU / RUK Students||£6,700|
|Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year|
|Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year|
International non-EU Applicants
- In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
- For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.
Our Funding Database
View all funding options in our Funding Database.
As a business researcher, you can specialise in providing consultancy and advice to companies in order for them to make high level business decisions from a highly critical perspective of factual evidence. You can analyse sales, marketing, trends, environments and provide patterns of behaviour to determine understanding of an issue in order to take it forward. Careers include Business Analysis, Market Analysts, Intelligence Researchers, and similar roles. Larger employers often need researchers and many small scale business organisations require consultancy work.
Information About Staff Changes
You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
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