Research Methods for Managers (N1504)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This course introduces you to the nature of business and management research and the tools often used by managers.

The course prepares you for applying your dissertation in an organisational or industry context and for undertaking management interventions in the workplace.

Topic areas include: 

  • nature of business and management research, what is it and who cares?
  • formulating research aim(s) and objectives to solve business and managerial problems
  • overview of the philosophy of thinking and claims which can be made
  • research designs and methodologies (case study, survey, etc.): paying particular attention to the interplay between research questions, analytical approaches and methods of data collection
  • sampling strategies and their implications for design choices contextualised for students studying business and management
  • data collection and analysis: sources of information, questionnaires, interviews, literature reviews, policy documents, observations, measurement, statistical techniques; qualitative data analysis, sources of bias and error, reporting research, contextualised for business and management problem solving
  • research ethics and project planning for business professionals.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Open examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.