Postgraduate taught 

Management MRes

Management Research Methods MGT5296

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Management Research Methods develops applied knowledge and expertise in designing, implementing and executing research projects in Management.


The course combines 60 hours of seminars and workshops supplemented with extensive online self-study materials and delivered to groups of between 10 and 15 students. The course will run in Semester 1.

Excluded Courses





Summative assessment is comprised of two pieces of individual work which may be related to future research: a reflective essay (2500 words) addressing student's own epistemological and ontological stance (50%) and critical essay (2500 words) offering a critical evaluation of a selected research method.

Course Aims

Management Research Methods develops an in depth applied knowledge and research skills concerning a broad range of research methods and techniques in Management. The course aims to:

- Introduce students to the key research choices concerning questions, designs, methods and analytical procedures and highlight the consequences of these choices.

- Offer critical introduction to the epistemological and ontological dimensions of management research and their implications for research designs

- Develop applied research skills in a range of data collection and data analysis methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically reflect upon the philosophical stance of their own research and its relative position within the epistemological and ontological spectrum

■ Evaluate key research choices concerning research designs, methodology and analytical procedures

■ Apply a broad range of advanced data collection and analysis techniques within qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches

■ Select an appropriate research design and critically acknowledge its advantages and disadvantages

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.