Research course

Business, Research

University of Greenwich · Business School
MA by research

Entry requirements

To apply, you should have one of the following: an appropriate Bachelors degree with first or second class honours; a professional qualification equivalent to honours graduate standard; an equivalent qualification from an EU country or an overseas country; a postgraduate diploma appropriate to the main area of study; 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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: 1/ defining the aims of your research project, and its expected deliverables; 2/ outlining a suitable programme of work, monitoring its realisation, and helping you to keep your commitments; 3/ guiding you to obtaining ethical approval to realise your research programme, if your planned study requires it; 4/ 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.


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

Information for international students

If English is your second language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Alternatively, students with an overall IELTS of 5 or 5.5 can study our Pre-Sessional English language programme prior to degree studies.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000