Postgraduate Course

MRes Management and Organisation

MRes Management and Organisation

Overview

The details
Management and Organisation
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

Our MRes Management and Organisation is designed for those wishing to follow a career in research and/or academia. It is ideal if you hope to progress to doctoral studies in the field of management, for example by studying for a PhD.

We equip you with the skills and knowledge to appreciate the depth and breadth of management and organisational theories and techniques and apply these within a social science context. The content of our course is a direct response to requirements for, and suggested improvements in, research training laid down by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You deepen your thinking about management and organisations and develop a broader understanding of the changing role and contemporary perception of management.

You develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • research skills, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • theoretical stances underpinning different approaches to research
  • how to design a research proposal, including construction of research questions and/or hypotheses
  • management of a research project

You study at Essex Business School, ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence and intensity (REF, 2014). More than 90% of our research submissions were assessed as of international quality and 72% of our research was deemed world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 REF. We are an internationally diverse school, with our current Masters students joining us from more than 40 countries.

Our MRes Management and Organisation is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Why we're great.
  • We are in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF 2014) – be part of our thriving research culture
  • This course is a direct response to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research training requirements
  • Essex Business School is home to world-renowned academics
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our expert staff are a combination of leading academics and practitioners at the forefront of management research. The Dean of Essex Business School, Professor Geoffrey Wood, is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Management and serves on the British Academy of Management Council.

Benefit from the very latest thinking in:

  • business ethics
  • corporate social responsibility
  • organisation studies
  • leadership and strategy
  • finance and banking
  • risk management
  • international management

We address the important issues faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations using social science theories and concepts.

Essex Business School is also home to the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society, which holds research seminars throughout the year.

Specialist facilities

We’re proud of our stunning business school building, built with sustainability as the guiding principle.

As well as being the first zero carbon business school in the UK, the building provides superb working facilities for our community of students and staff. It includes:

  • a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market terminals
  • a fully staffed student services helpdesk
  • a lush winter garden, which contributes to the building’s own micro-climate
  • group working and networking areas
  • Bonds café
  • study skills workshops and advice

Your future

Our MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to succeed in a research degree, such as a PhD.

In 2014, 87% of all of our Masters leavers were in work or further study within six months of graduating.

Our employability team and the University’s Employability and Careers Centre are here to support you in your career decisions and provide information on further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. You can also access employer talks on campus.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

You should have a 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in management or related social science discipline.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Research Evaluation

Explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to the conduct of doctoral research with a focus on the literature phase of a research project. You scrutinise the process of writing an academic literature review, develop a literature-based research plan for your dissertation, integrating subject-specific learning with insights on research methodology and epistemology.

View Research Evaluation on our Module Directory

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (optional)

This module is designed to encourage students to think and reflect upon the nature of managing people and organisations. In particular, it encourages students to consider the main topics of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Throughout the sessions, the core issues affecting organisational behaviour and outcomes will be discussed and critically analysed. Therefore, it invites participants to consider the tensions emerging from competing views and perspectives. In so doing, the module challenges many of the taken-for-granted assumptions about people management, and provides tools to analyse organisations and to explore the realities of organisational life.

View Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management (optional) on our Module Directory

International Management (optional)

Business is international in scope as managers take advantage of the comparative advantages countries around the world offer through complex and geographic dispersed value chains, not only to sell products but also to access intermediate goods, capital, knowledge and skills. This module, built around a live, practical project addresses several questions. 'How can a domestic firm internationalise its operations?' 'How are its resources and capabilities challenged and transformed by internationalisation?' 'What factors determine the success of an international business operation?' While many practical examples are provided, focus is given to developing an analytical approach to addressing these questions, drawing on two perspectives. These are the Resource-based view, which focuses on the resources and capabilities of the firm, and the Institution-based view which requires studying the differences in the business environment around the globe, to which successful companies need to adapt. The module considers political, economic and cultural difference and the strategies companies adopt when conducting business across national boundaries. Through the group project, students analyse the internationalisation of a real life organisation, identifying the purpose of internationalisation, selecting the most appropriate target market and considering the various means available to the firm to internationalise its operations. Topical issues in international business are also discussed towards the end of the module, such as the impact of Brexit on the trading relationship of the UK, the re-emergence of emerging market MNEs, 'born global' firms and the fourth industrial revolution.

View International Management (optional) on our Module Directory

Research Methods in Management and Marketing

This module introduces the methods of research in the fields of management and marketing. You explore a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, using examples and case studies to determine the suitability of different types of research in particular situations. You gain understanding of research ethics and acquire the skills to organise and undertake a research project.

View Research Methods in Management and Marketing on our Module Directory

Managing for Ethics and Sustainability

Explore issues ranging from environmental disasters to corporate greed and from executive pay to ethical bottled water. You discover the relationship between management and corporations on the one hand, and society and nature on the other, engaging in debates around ecological sustainability, governance and corporate ethics and responsibility.

View Managing for Ethics and Sustainability on our Module Directory

Dissertation

Your dissertation is the culmination of your Masters programme, where you apply the knowledge gained on your course to produce an extended independent piece of work. You generate an original idea, analyse literature and current knowledge and produce a coherent argument that shows your ability to relate theory to practice. Your dissertation will help you develop vital skills for the workplace, as well as the ability to analyse real problems through an academic lens. You are assigned a supervisor for the duration of your project.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

Managing Across Cultures (optional)

Managers increasingly find themselves working across borders calling for a thorough understanding of issues that relate to cross cultural management. In this course you enhance your understanding of the way in which globalisation and international business activities affect management and management practices across cultures.

View Managing Across Cultures (optional) on our Module Directory

Strategic Brand Marketing (optional)

Strategic brand communication considers all the means by which brand meaning is created and circulated - not only through channels such as promotion and distribution, but also how for example employees are utilised for the purpose of communicating a consistent brand message. You analyse the underlying ideas that inform how brand messages are constructed, and how for example stereotypes or normative ideas of gender are reproduced in those messages.

View Strategic Brand Marketing (optional) on our Module Directory

Consumer Behaviour (optional)

This module evidences how buyer behaviour plays an essential role in marketing strategy. You consider how marketers use consumer insights and behaviour theory and look beyond the act of buying to consider the entire consumption cycle, from pre to post-purchase. You explore consumer behaviour theories in relation to market consumption, viewing consumers as individuals, decision-makers and social beings, and discuss the wider implications of living in a consumer society.

View Consumer Behaviour (optional) on our Module Directory

Perspectives on Marketing (optional)

Explore the foundational principles of marketing as an academic subject and practice, by considering marketing from different perspectives including consumer behaviour, the marketing mix perspective, services marketing, retail and place marketing, marketing communications, ethical marketing, and global marketing.

View Perspectives on Marketing (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • You learn via a combination of lectures, seminars, group and individual tasks and directed independent study.

Assessment

  • You will be assessed through a combination of coursework assignments, which may take a number of forms, such as essays, case studies, theoretical and empirical studies

Dissertation

  • You submit a 15,000 word dissertation.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£11,250

International fee

£17,560

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2019 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
  • Saturday, October 26, 2019

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

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