MRes Critical Management Research

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UKPASS Code:P051145
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:January 2017
Department:Business School
Location:Edge Hill University

This programme is available for January 2017 entry only. From September 2017 entry, you can specialise in Critical Management Research, and a variety of other disciplines, through our MRes Research.

  • Cultivate the writing, analytical and reflective skills required to engage in research at Masters level;
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of a chosen area of critical management and produce a substantive piece of research;
  • Become part of a vibrant research community and receive support and supervision from research-active experts in a range of management areas;
  • Enhance your employability in an increasingly competitive job market and prepare for a rewarding professional or academic career.

Both modern management and management research require professionals with in-depth knowledge of their subject area combined with high level research skills that enable them to undertake complex projects. This Masters by Research (MRes) programme is a highly flexible taught postgraduate award, designed to provide intensive research training, as well as the opportunity to work on a dissertation project under the supervision of experts in your selected area of study. The programme is particularly suitable if you are aiming to pursue study at PhD level or aspire to a career with a significant focus on management research and organisational development.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This programme comprises three research-themed modules and a dissertation.

The research modules introduce you to a wide range of research methods and the methodologies applicable to management research. You will be supervised and supported through both conducting research and writing a dissertation.

Depending on your chosen area of interest, you will broaden your knowledge and understanding of a management related discipline and be exposed to leading-edge research in that area.

How will I study?

The MRes programme will be delivered and supervised through a hybrid approach that makes use of group sessions and one-to-one meetings. The modules may be delivered weekly, in block sessions, or by some other appropriate arrangements such as audio/video conferencing or online discussions as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used on the programme. The dissertation/research project is predominately assessed based on the 25,000-word written thesis. Other modules are assessed through essays and other written research projects.

Who will be teaching me?

This programme is taught by highly motivated and experienced academics specialising in different areas of critical management research. All members of the programme team are active researchers engaged with research projects at national and international level. Some seminars will be delivered by external guest speakers from academia and industry. You will also be invited to attend a series of research seminars organised by the department and have the opportunity to present your own work within a supportive and nurturing environment.

A Great Study Environment

MRes Critical Management ResearchThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.


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CRM4000 Dissertation (120 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake in-depth and extended research within your chosen specialism or discipline. Through consultation with an appropriate supervisor, you will develop a complex research project that will culminate in a critical and reflective work of substantial length and sustained inquiry. The dissertation is assessed by a conference-style paper (given at a relevant forum within Edge Hill University) and a 25,000-word thesis.

CRM4001 Critical Approaches and Philosophy (20 credits)

Critical Approaches and Philosophy examines the philosophical assumptions that underpin claims to knowledge in the areas of investigation that make up research in critical management. Specifically, the module details the historical and current debates that relate to the nature of claims to knowledge in the social sciences and which constitute the bases for critical management research. The module will interrogate the ideas of ‘theory’ and ‘evidence’ in a range of social science disciplines. You will also examine central pairs of concepts, such as ‘interpretivism’ and ‘naturalism’ and ‘structure’ and ‘agency’.

CRM4002 Systematic Literature Review (20 credits)

Systematic Literature Review ensures that you engage closely with the critical material relevant to your research topic. The module requires you to undertake a systematic survey of the scholarly work published in your area and to assess the topics, trends and approaches that categorise the specific critical discourse.

CRM4003 Research Methods (20 credits)

Research Methods introduces you to a broad range of methodological approaches to your chosen area of investigation. The module prepares you to tackle the key issues and problems that researchers in your field frequently encounter. This will be accomplished within a co-operative environment in which you will work closely with other students and the programme team.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have a first or upper second class honours degree in a management or social sciences related discipline. In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree with demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion. Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Each applicant will be expected to write a short research proposal outlining the intended focus of their MRes studies. A formal registration interview/viva will be held for each candidate with the proposed research supervisor and other qualified academic members of staff. The interview may take place face-to-face or via video conference as required and provides an opportunity to discuss the proposal and establish suitability for the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

An MRes Critical Research Management qualification will significantly enhance your CV and improve your future employment prospects. It could be a crucial step towards a career in areas such as industrial research, organisational development or consultancy. The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MRes are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

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