Research Methods and Skills (MBA) - BUSN9198

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 3 (1.5) Debbie Kemp checkmark-circle


The module will serve to provide students with an overview of the scope and expectations of a Research project for the MBA students. It will examine the ethical challenges of doing empirical research in the 21st century and prepare students for carrying out an independent piece of research within a given timeframe. If the research project requires ethical research approval, an application will be submitted to the School research ethics committee.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 12
Total study hours: 30

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
This module is assessed on a pass/fail basis, and comprises:
Proposal (800-1000 words) 100%

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Develop original ideas on complex topics into focussed research questions that relate to an identified academic literature, aligned to an appropriate research design;
2 Be able to critically reflect on the ethical issues raised by social research, and to autonomously develop research designs that are both ethical in a broader, critical sense and which (more narrowly) meet the requirements of research ethics governance;
3 Critically engage with the methodological choices made in published research studies based on a systematic understanding of appropriate research techniques.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Manage their time, prioritise workloads and manage stress as well taking responsibility for their learning and professional development;
2 Solve complex problems that are common in social research;
3 Understand and appropriately respond to feedback


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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