Taught course

Social Science Research (Business and Management Studies)

Loughborough University · Loughborough Business School

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a wide range of subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the key methodological and philosophical debates that shape the social sciences – and develop the specialised tools and skills you'll need to make an impact with business and management research on this flexible master’s.

Effective business and management research is a key driver to solving and averting business problems in areas such as management strategy, operations, leadership, finance and HR.

Offered full or part-time, this master’s is ideal if you’re already working in the field and want to develop and strengthen your applied research skills.

It’s also a relevant next step if you want to conduct research in non-academic public and private sector roles, such as think tanks. Or if you want to pursue a career in academia, this programme also meets the training requirements for PhD funding from the ESRC.

Equipping you to tackle real-world problems

Taught by experienced and internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study with a strong emphasis on applying qualitative and quantitative skills to tackle the research problems of today and the future. At the same time, you’ll develop your critical thinking skills, making you more effective in your career.

Delve into subjects such as the philosophy of social science, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and research design and practice. You can also choose optional modules in advanced research methods and complete a dissertation.

Studying alongside academics conducting world-leading research, you’ll graduate with the skills needed to succeed as a high-level business and management researcher in industry, government or academia.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see our website for a list of master's degree funding and scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 223669