Research Methods and Consulting Skills - BUSN9200

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 15 (7.5) Patricia Lewis checkmark-circle


Employers are in search for individuals who possess logical thinking, analytical capability, leadership, communication and the ability to work under pressure. This module develops the necessary research knowledge and skills for students to be able to successfully complete a piece of research in industry or consultancy contexts or academia.
Indicative topics are:
• Choosing the topic of interest and literature review
• Research process and Ethics in in business research
• Choosing your research design
• Preparing the research proposal
• Communicating the Research


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Individual Research Proposal (1000 words) - 40%
Literature Review (2000 words) - 60%

Reassessment methods
Like for Like

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Develop original ideas on complex topics into focussed research questions that relate to an identified academic literature, aligned to an appropriate research design;
- Critically reflect on the ethical issues raised by business and management research, and to autonomously develop research designs that are ethical
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and application of management and consultancy skills through critical thinking, appraisal and problem analysis.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Manage their time, prioritise workloads and manage stress as well taking responsibility for their learning and professional development;
- Solve complex problems that are common in business and management research;
- Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and/or using a variety of methods


  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.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.