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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 8300 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 21600 per year

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About MSc by Research (Management) at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

The MSc by Research (Management) develops your ability to pursue original research in a critical and scholarly way. It may be taken either as a free-standing Masters or as the first part of a PhD programme.

Study Overview

The MSc by Research (Management) develops your ability to pursue original research in a critical and scholarly way.

The programme is designed to train postgraduate researchers in line with ESRC's research training guidelines. It may be taken either as a free-standing MSc or as the first part of a PhD programme.

Programme Overview

  • 12-month degree programme with a September start date
  • In-depth research training (120 credits)
  • Dissertation on a management topic (60 credits)
  • Can be studied as the first part of a PhD programme

Programme Objectives

At the end of the programme, students should have:

  • An in-depth critical understanding of the research techniques used in a broad range of subject areas within Management
  • Practical competence in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools
  • A critical understanding of the philosophical and epistemological bases of a range of subject areas within Management
  • An in-depth understanding of advanced concepts in the area of research and current research trends and issues in Management

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 8300 per yearInternational course feesGBP 21600 per year

Entry requirements

MSc by Research Entry Requirements

Entrance to our MSc by Research programme is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Apply early. Supervisors can accept students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Minimum Academic Requirements

You will need a UK first-class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a 2:1 undergraduate degree may be considered.

Application Requirements

You need to consider your research proposal and other supporting documents before submitting an application. Only complete applications showing all necessary documents will be considered.

Your Proposed Research

Before applying, you need to write a research proposal.

Guidelines on Your Research Proposal

Please note: Your research proposal is liable to be submitted to the Turnitin plagiarism detection system.

Supervisor

We strongly recommend that you identify a potential supervisor and contact them directly. If you are not able to identify a supervisor, you must identify one of the six research areas.

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Required Documents

You will need:

  • Official degree certificates and transcripts
  • Contact details for two academic referees or two academic written references
  • CV
  • Research proposal
  • Evidence of English-language competence (further information below)

Guidelines for Required Documents

English Language Requirements

You must demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English Language Tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees Taught and Assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

More on English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Overseas Students

If you are an international student, you may need to apply for permission to study in the UK. Student Administration provides information on immigration and visa requirements for students.

Immigration Information

What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

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