Why Choose Introduction to Business Research?

The Edinburgh Business School Pre-Doctoral Programme is specifically designed for students who want to fully prepare for a DBA or PhD degree at Edinburgh Business School or elsewhere. Entry to doctoral studies is increasingly competitive so it is vital that you understand the research process and have a clearly defined research idea before embarking on a doctoral research programme. This programme will help you do just that.
 

Programme Delivery

Students can choose where, when and at what pace they study. The programme can be completed entirely by self-paced distance learning but you also the opportunity to enhance your learning through attendance at intensive 4-day seminars that are held for each course at our campuses in Edinburgh and Dubai. 

These four-day intensive seminars are delivered by our experienced faculty and offer practical insights into specific aspects of the course. You’ll examine relevant case studies and mix with students from different countries, cultures and career paths.

The purpose of the seminar is not only to ensure that you gain a deeper understanding of the course material but also help you apply this material effectively when reaching the thesis stage of the degree. The last day of the seminar will focus on developing appropriate techniques for approaching the end of course exam.

 

Fees

The total cost of the programme by distance-learning is £3525.
Each optional 4-day on-campus seminar costs £630.

Introduction to Business Research 1,2 & 3

On completion of the three Introduction to Business Research courses, you will receive the award PGCert Business Research Methods

Introduction to Business Research 1

The research proposal - this course gives you a basic understanding of:

What research is and how it is carried out.
The concept of research
Empirical theory
Experimental and observational research
Basic research techniques
Qualitative and quantitative research
Research risk management and project management
Choosing a subject and research focus
Application to business research
Writing a research proposal
Developing a research timetable.

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Introduction to Business Research 2

The Intermediate Submission - Research methodology and literature review

How to do a business-related literature review and then use it to develop a hypothesis or theory about a business issue
The concept of a business research methodology
The concept of replication and validation
The specifics of management and business research
Identification of relevant management issues
The concept of a literature review
Sources of information and search techniques
The structure and format of a business literature review
Literature review synthesis and theory development
Research and operational hypotheses
The concept of a business-related hypothesis.
 

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Introduction to Business Research 3

Research Methodology, Data Collection and Analysis, Results and Conclusions

The third research module concentrates on;
Statistical techniques for data collection, analysis and drawing conclusions
Data collection and analysis techniques
Distributions, inference, significance, variance
Regression, correlation, regression analysis
Time series, stationary series, trends, forecasting errors
Pilot studies and theory refinement
Literature re-evaluation and theory refinement
Generating preliminary research results
Formulating results validation studies
Validation feedback and re-evaluation of research results.

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How to apply

The programme is open to anyone with an interest in doctoral level research.

Students who complete the Postgraduate Certificate can apply for a DBA or PhD with Edinburgh Business School, however, you will still need to meet the other entry requirements for your preferred programme of study.

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Introduction to Business Research

Once you have purchased your first course you will receive information on the formal registration process and on how to log into the Student Portal.

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