What is the Master of Research (MR) Program?
There are several different MR programs run through the Open University (Philosophy, Social, Technology, Business). My proposed study is the MR program in Management and Business Research Methods.
This Master of Research program aims to equip students to be able to:
- recognise and develop good research problems
- identify and access appropriate bibliographical
- resources carry out a literature review
- understand the relevance of, and be able to
- apply, a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methods critically analyse and evaluate one’s own research
- findings and those of others understand the social context in which research
- takes place and its influence on the research process demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to
- ethical issues and the requirements of the data protection act apply effective project management through
- the setting of research goals and prioritisation of activities write clearly and in a style appropriate to purpose
- construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas
- clearly to a range of audiences demonstrate original, independent and critical thinking.
The program consists of several modules which need to be completed within an 8 year time span, but if done back to back will take 3.5 years (either full time or part time). The main content of the Master in Research program is taken up by the following 3 compulsory modules:
- Introduction to research: basic skills and survey methods (11 months)
- Management and business research (5 months)
- Research methods dissertation in social sciences (12 months – plus several months pre-work)
In November 2008 I start with the Introduction to Research course of which more details will follow later.