Research Paper in Management (MRes PhD Programmes)

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Niranjan Janardhanan, Dr Jonathan Booth and Dr Xiaolin Li


This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources), MRes/PhD in Management (Marketing) and MRes/PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour). This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is compulsory on the MRes/PhD in Management programmes. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students produce a research paper between 7,000 and 10,000 words, related to the student's designated major field, to be submitted in the Summer Term.

The Research Paper builds on the research training provided through the core courses, optional courses and Research Practicums undertaken taken by students during the MRes. At the start of the MT of Year 2 of their MRes programme students will be assigned to a Faculty member as their Research Proposal supervisor. The topic area of the Research Paper is chosen by the students in consultation with their Research paper supervisor and the Programme Director.

The Research Paper must be independent work, demonstrate the ability to employ relevant concepts from their field of study and the wider social sciences effectively, show an understanding of and critical engagement with the relevant literature and an appreciation of the nature of explanation and analysis in their field. The Research Paper must demonstrate the capacity to produce original research. Apart from it being an integral core component of the MRes programme, the Research Paper may also serve as a first step towards (a) the production of a publishable journal paper, (b) one of the papers in the students’ prospective paper-based PhD dissertation or (c) the basis for the development of their PhD dissertation Research Proposal, or a combination of the above. Students will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their paper within the Department


A short Research Paper proposal is submitted by students outlining the topic to the Programme Director by the last day of the ST in Year 1. Students are welcome to seek advice on their Research Paper initial ideas from their Programme Director, Faculty they have worked with in their Research Practicums and their wider Faculty Research Group.The Research Supervisor is assigned by the Programme Director in discussion with their Faculty group.

From the start of Year 2, the Research Paper supervisor will provide academic support and feedback. It the responsibility of the Research Paper supervisor and student to arrange regular meetings to discuss and receive feedback on the Research Paper. There will also be regular check-ins (at least 1 per term) between the student and the Programme Director or with a designated Faculty member in cases where the Programme Director is also the Research Paper Supervisor.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the ST.

The Research Paper should be between 7,000 - 10,000 words.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills