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Academic Research Methodology for Master’s Students

Understand the academic research process at master’s level and build the skills to define research questions for a written project

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Academic Research Methodology for Master’s Students
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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This course is part of the program Management Research Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MA Management (Advanced Standing). Find out more.

Explore how to do academic research for a master’s written project

This course offers master’s students the chance to develop a variety of key academic research skills for producing a great written project at a university master’s level.

Examine the cyclical research process and inductive research

Alongside leading academics at Coventry University, you’ll identify how to define topics worthy of research and the main issues to solve using the cyclical research process.

You’ll discover how to apply inductive reasoning to your research process and collect data that informs your work.

Explore how to develop and define research questions

As you come to understand the importance of the initial choices and plans made when developing a project, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to define research problems and create a research plan outlining the actions needed to reach your goals.

Through an exploration of research questions examples, you’ll develop a research question for a real-life proposed piece of research.

You should also learn how to develop an informed rationale and hypothesis for a research question.

By the end of the course, you should have the tools and research skills you need to develop a strong research question for a proposed piece of research.

What topics will you cover?

  • The cyclical research process
  • Defining the problem
  • Inductive research
  • Action planning
  • Defining research questions
  • Rationale
  • Hypotheses
  • Example Research Question of studying change
  • Linking questions to Sustainable Development Goals

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the cyclical research process
  • Assess different ways to define problems in the management setting
  • Investigate potential research questions
  • Interpret the research concepts of the rationale and hypothesis
  • Develop a research question for a proposed piece of research

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for any students looking to improve their academic research skills for university at master’s level.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific software is required.

Who will you learn with?

Assistant Professor in HRM and OB
BA (Hons) Business; PG Cert Management Research Methods; PhD Work and Organisational Psychology; MCIPD; FHEA

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Management Research Skills, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MA Management (Advanced Standing).