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Masters of Research in Management (MRes - Management)

This course provides for advanced research study in the field of Management. It aims to provide aspiring managers and business specialists with key insights in to research theory and practice within the management discipline. Specifically the objectives of this course are:

1. To provide foundation training in basic and advanced research skills sufficient to enter a Doctoral programme. The programme is also suitable for candidates who may wish to obtain a research degree, but do not wish to commit themselves to a longer period of study.

2. Develop research practice and management theory (conceptual, methodological, practical and ethical) at a professional and academic level.

3. To provide an interdisciplinary context to research, gaining support from a variety of technical, academic and disciplinary contexts. 

4. Develop and apply key knowledge and understanding of Management theory and research practice to complex systems, both systematically and creatively, to improve management practice.

5. To enhance independent and high level learning skills and personal development critical awareness of the limits of various research techniques via taught modules and debates) so that researchers are able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to the management discipline.  


Course Content

Students will study 180 credits of specialist study in a range of Management topics. The course is made up of 80 credits of taught study followed by a 100 Credit Research based thesis.

The following modules will be studied:

3 x 20 Credit discipline specific modules selected from our existing Masters Portfolio (60 Credits)

ASR 7001 Research Practice (20 Credits)

Research Dissertation (100 Credits)

The MRes is awarded on successful completion of all taught elements as well as submission of a 25,000 word Research Dissertation.

The exit point for this programme will be the Post Graduate Certificate gained through the successful completion of 60 credits of study from an approved Masters programme at the University.

Learning & Teaching

Standard lectures are used to enable core knowledge and understanding content to be delivered to the whole module cohort. This is supplemented with Seminars/ Workshops to allow exploration of all aspects of module content (knowledge, understanding, skills and other attributes) in an interactive and discursive group setting. The programme features extensive On-to-One Supervision to discuss and contextualise the taught theories with student ideas on how their research projects will progress. This is supported via the Moodle VLE, which provides access to key materials, handouts and research papers. 

The research thesis will encourage students to work within organisations in order to apply their research work in to a real life setting. Part time students will be expected to apply their research in their place of work so that companies will benefit from the investment made in attending the course. 

A significant amount of work will be required by the students through independent learning and self-study. Such study enables students to independently develop their understanding of the module concepts and to complete formative and summative exercises. 

The course Programme Director will provide strategic leadership and direction during the taught component of the course. S/he will be available to each student who has specific issues regarding course content and structure. Each student will also be allocated a Supervisor at the outset of the programme. Students are expected to liaise with their Supervisor during the taught component, and to keep him/ her abreast of progress via regular ‘milestone review meetings’.


All 20 credit taught module assessment within the School is based upon 4,000 words or equivalent. Assessment methods are designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of theoretical, applied and professional practice issues and include coursework essays, research reports, presentations and critique. 

The 100 credit (RES7000) Research Dissertation module includes the production of a 16,000 word research dissertation and 4,000 word Reflective Practice Report. The dissertation is tested via a viva voce examination.

Employability & Careers

It is expected that many graduates from this course will go on to undertake research degree programmes and also obtain senior positions within a range of businesses managers / directors.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

The programme is designed for graduates from a range of different disciplines. The specific entry requirements include:

• An honours degree (2.2 classification or above) in a relevant discipline

• Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in management roles will also be considered for entry to the programme.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard (with minimum 6.5 in the Reading and Writing components) or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Students are normally selected on the basis of:

- a fully completed application form,

- a 2000 word research proposal which outlines their research area (see School Research website for the requirements of the proposal),

- CV.

Applicants will be asked to attend for interview if the research proposal and application stage is acceptable. Interviews can be held via Skype or phone with the programme director and Graduate Studies Co-ordinator before any offer is made.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service application system. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Contact Us

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Professor Mark Francis:

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

Key Course Information

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length:
Course Length: 12-16 months

25% Alumni Discount:
The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 25 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate courses. 

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