Taught course

Research Methods (Pre-Doctoral Programme)

Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

Entry requirements

The programme is open to anyone with an interest in doctoral level research. There is no application form or entry criteria; you can commence your studies straight away by registering for the first course.

Students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods can apply for a DBA or PhD with Edinburgh Business School. However, you will still need to meet the other entry requirements and apply for your preferred programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This pre-doctoral programme is specifically designed for students who want to prepare for a DBA or PhD degree at Edinburgh Business School or elsewhere. Entry to doctoral studies is increasingly competitive so it is vital that you understand the research process and have a clearly defined research idea before embarking on a doctoral research programme. This programme will help you do just that.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    up to 12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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