Business, MA by Research

Business, MA by Research

This programme is unlike many other Master's programmes as it places much more emphasis on original research and the contribution to knowledge, than on taught courses: a major part of the award is based on the dissertation, which makes up two-thirds of the credits required. In this sense, it provides you with a more critical and rigorous exploration of your particular subject area than may be found in a more vocationally orientated Master's programme.

The taught courses support your research: they introduce you to research design and methods, both quantitative and qualitative, appropriate to research in business and economics. At the heart of the programme is the learning contract between you and the research supervisor. The supervisor is an expert in your chosen area and will guide you through the process of: defining the aims of your research project, and its expected deliverables; outlining a suitable programme of work, monitoring its realisation, and helping you to keep your commitments; guiding you to obtaining ethical approval to realise your research programme, if your planned study requires it; identifying any further taught courses and training events (in addition to mandatory ones) to be attended in support of your research project. The supervisor is your first point of contact in the Faculty.

At the end of this degree, you may wish to register for a doctoral programme, since this MA provides a useful taster of research training and experience if you are considering this route.

Students are likely to be brilliant graduates in business or economics, or practising professionals who wish to return to academia and develop advanced research skills applicable to their area of expertise.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop your research skills in business and economics
  • To provide the foundation for future research at MPhil/PhD level.


Greenwich Campus


1 year full-time (minimum)
2 years part-time (minimum)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

an appropriate Bachelors degree with first or second class honours

OR a professional qualification equivalent to honours graduate standard or equivalent

OR a postgraduate diploma appropriate to the main area of study

OR previous qualifications and/or experience (normally work in a relevant field) equivalent to honours standard.

If you are an international applicant, you must also provide proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 6.0 (minimum) in all areas is required.

Please make informal, preliminary contact with a potential supervisor, or a research group before applying. The research interests of the faculty are listed here: Please submit a detailed research proposal (about 1500 words). Guidance and an online form to apply are available at

For a September start, please apply by 31 May; for a January start, please apply by 30 September. Please note that applications will not be considered until the deadline, and that the recruitment process can take up to six to eight weeks.


Students are assessed through submission of their thesis and an oral examination. They also have to pass a small number of preparatory training courses.

Career options

This programme prepares students for a career in research, whether in academia or in the research and development departments of businesses or government bodies.

Course content

  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (120 credits)

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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