Two year MRes

Two year Master’s in Research

If you choose to specialise in the following research areas, you will embark on a two-year MRes:

  • Strategy and Organisational Behaviour
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

You are required to complete the following during the two year MRes stage of the Doctoral programme.

Year one - compulsory introductory modules

Core introductory modules, designed to provide a foundation in research tools:

Data Analysis Tools

This course provides students with a basic foundation in mathematics and statistics required to undertake further quantitative research methods courses. This course consists of two parts, statistics and mathematics. Topics covered include: matrix algebra; optimization; differential equations; random variables and probability distributions; moments of a random variable; probability distributions; joint, marginal and conditional distributions; functions and transformation of a random variable; hypothesis testing; univariate regression.

Systematic Literature Review

When starting new research, the first step is usually a literature review: scanning what is already known about a given topic and figuring out where the gaps are. However, novice researchers tend to be anything but systematic in their literature review: they have no method for scanning the literature, and they usually have little idea of what is relevant and what is not. The Systematic Review method opens a way to create research syntheses that add real value and novel insight – in a way that is potentially publishable in its own right.

Year one - research modules 

You will study a selection of research methods modules from:

Socialisation to Research

This module will introduce you to the craft of research. You will develop the skills and knowledge you need to effectively produce research questions and hypotheses, ensuring consistency between theory, research design, methods and measures, and developing a clear and compelling argument.

Qualitative Methods I

This module covers research methods required in qualitative research. You will develop skills in all aspects of the research process, including research design, data collection, data analysis, theory building, writing up as well as reviewing papers and responding to referees. The module is essential for those who wish to author qualitative research but will also be useful for quantitative researchers.

Quantitative Methods I

This module provides an overview of the primary quantitative methods employed in management research. It will enable you to develop the ability to interpret the results of your own research as well as to critically assess the findings presented in other studies. The emphasis will be on the practical application of different estimation models using STATA rather than on the econometrics and mathematical specification.

Organisational Behaviour

In this module you will be introduced to a selection of most seminal papers in organisational behaviour with a particular focus on classic and contemporary theories, ongoing controversies, and ground-breaking empirical studies. The emphasis is on providing a foundational overview of the field.

Organisation Theory

This module will expose you to the major theoretical perspectives and issues studied in organisation theory research. You will also be exposed to a set of approaches to understanding how and why organisations form, survive and grow.


In this module you will develop the fundamentals of strategy including the theories of competitive advantage, industry analysis, understanding of resource based view/knowledge based view, and corporate strategy.


Innovation Management

This module will offer a thorough theoretical understanding of the key themes of innovation research, combined with practical insights into the challenges of innovation management in organisations. You will address topics ranging from technological change, creativity, the role of networks in innovation, and appropriability/value capture from innovation.


This module introduces students to the major theoretical threads and debates in the field of entrepreneurship. Students will learn to make connections between theory and empirical research, practice critiquing and identifying insight in research, engage with fundamental debates in the field and formulate directions how the field may be further advanced.

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Year two - specialist modules

Students will choose specialist electives within their areas of interest and research focus.  Potential modules within the Business School could be:

Qualitative Methods II

This module focuses on the execution of qualitative research with the aim being to write a qualitative paper over the course of the term, with ample constructive feedback throughout the process.

Social Network Analysis

In this module you will learn to critically assess existing concepts that explain the structure and dynamics of networks and the position of individuals and organisations within them. You will learn to apply the toolkit of network theories, concepts and methods to design effective networks to research in your field of interest. By the end of the module you will be able to perform social network analysis to examine processes of tie formation, network dynamics and their impact on individual and organisational outcomes.

Interdisciplinary Research

This module will provide you with the skills you need to conduct interdisciplinary research with colleagues from other disciplines such as engineering, medicine and physical science. You will also learn to implement methodological approaches to your research and tackle the challenges and hurdles that come with it.

Social Data Science

By the end of this module you will be able to comfortably navigate open data; curate, combine and clean data sets to tackle new problems; and contribute to your proprietary data to open data repositories. You will also develop skills to use Python in Jupyter notebooks to transform, analyse, and visualise data.

Corporate Sustainability

This module will allow you to develop a good command of the core concepts and debates in the corporate sustainability literature. The module is organised with the initial stage dedicated to the debate on the theory of the firm. The module will then progress to a part related to the environmental and social impacts of firm activities, and engage students about alternative forms of capitalism that might be able to remedy and prevent the negative spillovers created by economic activity. The third stage will examine governance and strategic decision-making as critical elements of the firm that will require innovative solutions backed up by experimental evidence.  The final stage will examine how other functional and organisational elements of the firm have been and can be redesigned to develop a stakeholder-centred form of enterprise. 

Special Topics in Organisational Theory/Strategy

This module will guide and teach you to develop a range of perspectives on strategy with an emphasis on organisational theory strategy.

Advanced Topics in Organisational Behaviour

Those who are wanting to pursue organisational behaviour should take at least one more advanced module on a topic within organisational behaviour. This might be focused on micro organisational behaviour that focuses more on intra-personal processes, such as emotions and cognitions, or meso organisational behaviour focusing more on inter-personal processes. This could also be special topics in organisational behaviour, such as gender and diversity in organisations, or moral psychology applied to organisations.

Readings in Social Networks/Social Capital

After completing this module you will understand the foundations of social capital research and have developed an awareness of the key themes in the social capital literature, appreciating the frontier of research in these themes. You will be able to theorize about the antecedents and effects of social capital and social networks for a broad range of individual, group, organisational and societal outcome. You’ll be able to apply arguments and concepts from social capital theory to contemporary challenges in research in strategic management, organisational behaviour and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Readings in Digital Business

In this module you will undertake readings on technology in organisations and digital business.

Year two - Research Project

During the second year, students work on their MRes project which is formally assessed and counts towards the overall MRes mark. Students are expected to approach potential supervisors from within the department’s academic staff. Students submit their proposed research project title and a brief outline by the end of September of Year two. Students submit a Progress Report in February, outlining their progress to date with the thesis. During the Summer Term, students will submit their MRes dissertation. This will be followed by an oral exam