Introduction

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
MRes
Duration
1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning MRes programme which runs in September.

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods (SO5011) - Credits: 30

Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods: This course introduces students to a range of methods used in qualitative sociological research (such as participant observation, qualitative interviewing, focus groups, diaries, photography and film, and archived data sources). The emphasis will be on the research process, from project design to analysis and presentation, with methodological issues raised in the context of researchable questions. Issues of reliability, representativeness and validity, and the potential for combining methods will be addressed. Students use the course work to develop their research interests and reflect on their research practices.

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Optional Courses

Plus two of the following:

Business Strategy (BU5048) - Credits: 15

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.

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Interpersonal Management, Negotiation and Persuasion (BU5038) - Credits: 15

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.

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Marketing Management (BU5039) - Credits: 15

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.

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Consultancy and Innovation (BU5051) - Credits: 15

Innovation is at the forefront of much of the current economic and political debate to improve the competitiveness of economies and firms. This course will focus on the role of new product development in enabling firms to generate competitive advantage, and the types of problems faced by firms in their innovation management. In particular this course blends the perspectives of marketing, design and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. It provides students with an appreciation for the realities of industrial practice and introduces sets of product development methods that can be put into immediate practice on development projects.

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New Product and Service Development (BU5041) - Credits: 15

Innovation is at the forefront of much of the current economic and political debate to improve the competitiveness of economies and firms. This course will focus on the role of new product development in enabling firms to generate competitive advantage, and the types of problems faced by firms in their innovation management. In particular this course blends the perspectives of marketing, design and manufacturing into a single approach to product development. It provides students with an appreciation for the realities of industrial practice and introduces sets of product development methods that can be put into immediate practice on development projects.

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Marketing Decision Making (BU5043) - Credits: 15

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.

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Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy & Methods (SO5523) - Credits: 30

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.

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Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research (SO5524) - Credits: 30

The course utilises secondary sources to demonstrate approaches to data analysis of social surveys. It provides a review of techniques suited to different data types, including categorical data in the form of tables and 'yes' and 'no' outcomes in multivariate analysis. The course makes comparisons among social groups and between societies in cross-sectional and longtitudinal designs that include control, moderating and mediating factors in explanatory models. Students identify a topic and undertake their own analysis of a secondary data source to produce two research reports. Those two report comprise the total assessment for the course.

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Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Mres Dissertation (BU5967) - Credits: 60

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.

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Course Availability

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

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

An Honours degree (upper second class or above) or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate subject(s).

Two academic references are required.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

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
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,000
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year
International Students £14,300
Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Careers

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.

Our Experts

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.

Contact Us

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