Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
2 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£7,750
International fees:
£17,100
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

Accredited

by the ESRC

Overview

Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences, and equip you with the specialised research tools and skills that useful in business and management.

Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), our prestigious Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) MSc degree is designed for those of you who wish to be able to conduct management and business research to MSc level, either in a professional capacity or as a route to further study at PhD level.

On completion of our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies), you will have met the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC, opening up the possibility of securing PhD funding from the ESRC.

Our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme is taught by experienced and internationally recognised researchers. The strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle research problems – as well as a focus on developing critical thinking skills – will provide a robust foundation for more advanced academic study or research, whilst sharpening the applied research skills of current or aspiring business and management practitioners.

If you choose to study Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies), you will be based at a school that is a leading international player in research and teaching across the business, management, and finance disciplines. The School of Business and Economics is consistently rated as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables and develops well-rounded, highly employable graduates at undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, executive and doctoral level.

The School’s research is comprehensive in scope and very highly regarded by academics and practitioners alike, with 75% of our output considered ‘world-leading’ or 'internationally relevant' (and 100% of our Information Management research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'), according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

When coupled with the fact that Loughborough is among the Top 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation, the School of Business and Economics provides a dynamic and inspiring environment to undertake the MSc Social Science Research.

What makes this programme different?

  • Taught by internationally recognised researchers
  • Opportunity to open up the possibility of PhD funding from ESRC

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) programme is designed for graduates wishing to pursue a career in academia; practitioners in management and business, who wish to both develop and strengthen their applied research skills; or those wishing to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles, such as think-tanks.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances you may be admitted to the degree even if you do not possess the requirements mentioned, but you will need a substantial amount of relevant work experience.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS score requirements: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent.

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

What you'll study

Our Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) MSc programmes are designed to enable you to develop rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to progress onto being high level researchers in their chosen field of study.

Modules

Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Philosophy of social science (20 credits)

This module introduces students to the philosophical foundations of social science research. It provides an overview of the different ontological and epistemological bases of social scientific research methods and theories.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Quantitative research methods (20 credits)

This module provides advances training in quantitative research methods, developing students’ skills of collecting, cleaning, and analysing quantitative data, using specialist software.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Research design and practice (20 credits)

This module introduces students to research methodologies, enabling them to develop essential skills for planning a realistic research design for their dissertation.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Quantitative research methods (20 credits)

This module advances students qualitative research skills, providing training in a range of qualitative and interpretative methods. It also develops students’ critical thinking about measurement in social science research and about the appropriate representation of research findings.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 75% coursework and 25% oral poster presentation, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Dissertation (60 credits)

In this module students will design, conduct, analyse and report an original empirical study within the field of business and management.

Students will need to select one of the two compulsory modules listed below:

Specialist research methods (business and management): Business and management research (20 credits)

This module develops students’ critical thinking and evaluation of business and management studies, particularly their theoretical frameworks, research design, and ethical issues.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Specialist research methods (business and management): Research in finance (20 credits)

This module develops students’ knowledge and critical evaluation of theories and research methods employed in the study of finance and financial markets.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Optional modules

Advanced research methods 1: Doing research with young people in their socio-spatial contexts (10 credits)

This module introduces students to the specific theoretical and practical requirements associated with doing research with young people.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Advanced research methods 2: Advanced content analysis (10 credits)

This module advances students’ skills of doing computer-assisted content analysis and students’ knowledge of statistical textual analysis.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Advanced research methods 3: Methodological advances in applied ethnography (10 credits)

This module advances students’ ethnographic skills by discussing innovations in ethnography, its interdisciplinary use, and its adaptation to contemporary challenges.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Advanced research methods 4: Applied conversation analysis (10 credits)

This module develops students’ skills in using conversation analysis, a novel research method for analysing talk in a range of institutional settings, which generates findings that help to improve communication.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Advanced methods 5: Methodological implications of critical realism (10 credits)

This module introduces students to the ontological foundations of critical realism and develops their understanding of a critical realist research design.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

How you will be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

The School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), this prestigious MSc degree in Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies) is designed for those who wish to be able to conduct management and business research to MSc level, either in a professional capacity or as a route to further study at PhD level.

Your personal development

The strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle research problems – as well as a focus on developing critical thinking skills – will provide a robust foundation for more advanced academic study or research, whilst sharpening the applied research skills of current or aspiring business and management practitioners.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£7,750
International:
£17,100

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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