MRes – Bournemouth University Business School

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A Master’s by Research (MRes) course allows you to embark upon a research degree by undertaking a research project at Master’s level which will be assessed via submission of a thesis and a viva voce. This course allows you to explore a specific research question that interests you.

By undertaking this degree within Bournemouth University Business School your research project will be developed in collaboration with our academic University staff who will provide you with specialist knowledge and supervisory input, while accessing BU’s technical facilities and information resources.

We are looking for students to undertake a Master’s by Research in all aspects of our subject areas: Accounting, Finance & EconomicsPeople & OrganisationsMarketing, Strategy & InnovationSport & Event Management and Disaster Management.

The research strategy in the Business School is aligned with Bournemouth University’s 2025 vision and strategic plan; a plan that stresses real-world impact, the enrichment of society and the economy, and advancing knowledge to significantly influence challenges world-wide. The Business School is also increasing its alignment to the institution's strategic investment areas (Sustainability; Animation, Simulation and Visualisation; Medical Science; and, Assistive Technology). 

Furthermore, given the recent AACSB accreditation awarded to the Business School, our strategy has developed and became fully aligned to a future vision of business schools, one that challenges business schools to examine their relationship to society, to the business community, and to the higher education landscape and be seen as drivers of change. As a result, our strategy is fully aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and all research activity and knowledge advancements are punctiliously quantified against these goals.

We strongly encourage collaboration across specialisms, and an MRes provides an opportunity to work with supervisors from various backgrounds to deliver truly impactful research.

You will also be part of BU’s wider postgraduate community and have access to the suite of research, professional and personal training offered through the Doctoral College and your academic faculty. 

The minimum completion time for the full-time course is 12 months with flexibility to take up to 18 months. If you would prefer to complete the course part-time, the minimum completion time is 24 months with flexibility to take up to 36 months to complete.

Book onto a Postgraduate Open Day to meet us and find out more. 

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Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, April 2023, September 2023


Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne Campus


12-18 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent.

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements

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Course details

A Master’s by Research (MRes) provides you with the opportunity to tailor your studies to your specific research interests or career aspirations. Undertaking an MRes within the fields of business, management, finance, tourism, events and leisure, sport, hospitality or retail management at BU will allow you to collaborate with world-leading researchers in these areas.

We are ranked as one of the world's leading centres of research in the fields of tourism and its associated areas, with an outstanding team of professors who further our research and collaborate across many subject areas. We are also home to the editorial teams responsible for four of the leading scholarly journals in the tourism sector – Tourism Management, the International Journal of Tourism Research, Tourism Economics, and Tourism Management Perspectives.

The MRes is focused on the development of generic research knowledge and critical analysis skills applied to independant research on an approved topic. You research would normally involve a literature study, an experimental or hypothesis-testing phase, an evalutation phase and a writing-up phase.

Your independant research would be written up as a thesis, which is expected to be between 15,000 and 30,000 words (depending on the discipline). 

The subject areas you can apply to study for your MRes with the Business School are listed in the section below. 

Research study area

Research in the Business School is predicated on interdisciplinary Research Centres that foster excellence and Departmental based research ‘themes.’ These themes are Professorial-led and bring together disciplinary based teams in a collaborative, inclusive and focussed environment.

Our Centres (The Centre for Trade, Development and Transition Economics; The Disaster Management Centre; the Sport & Physical Activity Research Centre; and The International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research) have been the location for much of our prominent research.

All of our Centres are dedicated to delivering real world impact, working with external entities (such as overseas governments, All Party Parliamentary groups, C4, Historic Environment Scotland, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the UK Parliament, the hotel and tourism sectors), to ensure we drive social and economic change.

Focusing on excellence, quality and development, our strategy provides an important balance between:

  • Short-term achievements (e.g. increasing the number of staff that are publishing and the quality of publications from those already published)
  • Medium term goals (higher quality bidding and stronger external networks)
  • Longer-term strategizing (that seeks to enhance the interdisciplinary research culture, invest significantly in ECRs and evolve established research networks). 

The Business School world of research

Entry requirements

How to apply

You can apply for a MRes with the Business School by clicking on the green 'apply now' button at the top of this page and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full - including a personal statement and research proposal. You do not need to write a thesis as part of your application. 

You can save the form as you go, enabling you to return to it at as many times as you want before submitting. The form is split into tabbed sections. As you complete each of the tabbed sections they will turn green; only click submit once all of your tabs are highlighted green. 

Please be aware that CVs and academic profiles will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a completed application form.

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Fees and funding

As part of your application, you will need to specify how you plan to fund your studies.

The Doctoral College can provide advice on different opportunities to access funding. BU also offers a number of fee discounts


What our researchers say

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