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MRes – Faculty of Management

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

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 our Faculty of Management 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.

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. 

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

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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, January 2021, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Executive Business Centre, Lansdowne


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Entry requirements:

A Bachelor's Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with 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.

An MRes is also a good precursor to a PhD, allowing you to develop your research skills, enhance your ability to critically analyse information and solve complex problems.


Entry requirements

Your application

You can apply for a MRes with the Faculty of Management by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button and completing the application form. You will need to create an account and complete the application form in full.

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.


What our researchers say

Kim Boes

My supervisors have really supported me. Their collective knowledge, critical feedback and guidance has been a great help.
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What our researchers say

Jessika Weber

I’ve had the chance to represent BU at an international seminar and present my research to an influential audience.
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