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MRes Management Science

This twelve-month programme provides an opportunity for those with some familiarity with the theory and techniques of Management Science to extend their knowledge of methodology and applications and carry out an extended piece of desk research.

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About The Course

Businesses, organisations and governments are now turning to quantitative and qualitative analytics to solve complex problems. Research is being used to inform or justify action like never before. This programme is designed for those with some familiarity with management science theory and techniques. It’s ideal for those wishing to pursue a PhD or a specialist career in government, industry or consulting.

Our department has a broad spectrum of interests with staff incorporating insights from cutting-edge projects into their teaching. We take the lead in the Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting, the Centre for Productivity and Efficiency and the Centre for Transport and Logistics. This means you can benefit from these three research centres’ extensive and diverse research experience.

You will join a group of high-potential scholars from across the world. Together you will learn how to use advanced technical skills to solve real problems and find new ways to move forward. We combine taught and research elements to develop a focused approach to research. You will study research methodologies, techniques and design approaches in organisational settings.

Key Facts


12-month course, starts in October


Designed for graduates looking to pursue a PhD or a specialist career in government, industry or consulting.

Course Content

The MRes programme entails taking the core modules listed on the next tab, as well as appropriate lectures and assessments drawn from the taught postgraduate programmes in the Department of Management Science or the wider School.

If you are intending to specialise in Operational Research, the modules will be drawn from those offered in the Department's postgraduate programmes. If you are considering Operations Management, Systems and Information Management, the MRes will include appropriate modules from other programmes within the Management School. These will be chosen by agreement between you and the programme director, based upon your intended field of research and gaps in your current knowledge.

Coursework takes up to 40% of the programme. The remainder of the year is spent undertaking a literature review and a supervised research project and dissertation.

The Core modules are listed below.

  • Research Methods

    This module gives and introduction to qualitative and quantitate research. It is intended to help students to get started on their research in a focused way and to provide support for development of their research proposals.

  • Research Design in Management

    This module introduces students to research design in business and management. The approach taken emphasises the place of different research designs and strategies in the accomplishment of knowledge about management as well as how to craft research. It provides a basis for the appreciation and evaluation of the different varieties of research as well as providing an opportunity for students to consider these issues in relation to their own research.

  • Searching for Information in Management Research

    This module introduces students to the wide range of sources of information now available to researchers. It covers the major Business and Management databases as well as more general information sources.

  • MRes in Management Science Dissertation

    The dissertation forms a third of the MRes degee, taking around four months to complete. The topic selected should build on the review essay(s).

  • Analysing management in practice

    We live in a complex world in which the actions of individuals, groups, organisations and governments are justified or informed by knowledge claims that frequently have their roots in research. Accordingly, this is a module with practical goals as well as academic content. The main purposes are twofold: first, to introduce some of the basic ideas of research methodology and the standard techniques of research relevant to the study of organisational settings; and second, to reach an understanding of research as a process of social communication, one in which knowledge is produced for specific purposes and for the benefit of identifiable audiences.

    The module is also a key stage in your preparation for the research project you will undertake for your dissertation.

  • Overview

    The MRes programme entails taking the core modules listed on the next tab, as well as appropriate lectures and assessments drawn from the taught postgraduate programmes in the Department of Management Science or the wider School.

    If you are intending to specialise in Operational Research, the modules will be drawn from those offered in the Department's postgraduate programmes. If you are considering Operations Management, Systems and Information Management, the MRes will include appropriate modules from other programmes within the Management School. These will be chosen by agreement between you and the programme director, based upon your intended field of research and gaps in your current knowledge.

    Coursework takes up to 40% of the programme. The remainder of the year is spent undertaking a literature review and a supervised research project and dissertation.

  • Modules

    The Core modules are listed below.

    • Research Methods

      This module gives and introduction to qualitative and quantitate research. It is intended to help students to get started on their research in a focused way and to provide support for development of their research proposals.

    • Research Design in Management

      This module introduces students to research design in business and management. The approach taken emphasises the place of different research designs and strategies in the accomplishment of knowledge about management as well as how to craft research. It provides a basis for the appreciation and evaluation of the different varieties of research as well as providing an opportunity for students to consider these issues in relation to their own research.

    • Searching for Information in Management Research

      This module introduces students to the wide range of sources of information now available to researchers. It covers the major Business and Management databases as well as more general information sources.

    • MRes in Management Science Dissertation

      The dissertation forms a third of the MRes degee, taking around four months to complete. The topic selected should build on the review essay(s).

    • Analysing management in practice

      We live in a complex world in which the actions of individuals, groups, organisations and governments are justified or informed by knowledge claims that frequently have their roots in research. Accordingly, this is a module with practical goals as well as academic content. The main purposes are twofold: first, to introduce some of the basic ideas of research methodology and the standard techniques of research relevant to the study of organisational settings; and second, to reach an understanding of research as a process of social communication, one in which knowledge is produced for specific purposes and for the benefit of identifiable audiences.

      The module is also a key stage in your preparation for the research project you will undertake for your dissertation.

Assessment Methods

The assessment procedures for the taught components are the same as for the taught MSc programmes. A dissertation must be submitted by mid-September.

Scholarships

Our programme-specific scholarship for 2019 entry include the Academic Excellence, UK-EU and International scholarships aimed at high-achieving students. We'll automatically consider you for these scholarships when you apply and if you are shortlisted we'll be in touch with the next steps, so it's best to apply as soon as possible. We also offer LUMS Alumni scholarships - visit our Apply for Masters page to find out more.

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Careers

The Department of Management Science provides an extensive careers service and postgraduate students may expect to be eagerly sought after by employers. More than 40 major employers normally contact the Department each year to recruit. Many former students now hold senior positions in their organisation – as management scientists or as managers.

The Department has strong links with companies and organisations, many of which employ our alumni. Companies visit the department to make presentations and interview students as part of their selection process. In other instances, opportunities are advertised via the noticeboards and electronically on the student VLE. You are also asked to contact company recruitment offices directly.

Management Science, Operational Research, Logistics, Supply Chain and Market Analysis are seen by leading companies as the start of a fast track to promotion for high flyers with a numerate or scientific background. Experience has shown that if you have a postgraduate qualification, you will not only obtain a better starting job but will also receive more rapid promotion.

Organisations in which students have been offered jobs in the last three years or so include:

Consultants

Accenture, Calanais Energy, Cap GeminiHartley McMasterKMPGIndiciaOEE Consulting LtdPA ConsultingQinetiQ.

Financial services

SantanderBarclaycardHalifax plcHSBCLloyds TSBNatWest ConsultancyPricewaterhouseCoopersRoyal Bank of ScotlandWoolwich.

Transport and communications

AEA Technology - RailBritish AirwaysBT, Digital, London UndergroundNational Air Traffic ServicesT-MobileRoyal Mail, Post Office Consulting.

Retailing and distribution

Allied Domecq plc, Great Universal Stores, LittlewoodsJ SainsburyTescoUnipart.

Manufacturing and energy

Corus, Coats Viyella, GlaxoSmithKlineNestle, Procter & Gamble, Scottish Courage.

Not-for-profit

CIS Consultancy - Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Defence - DSTLHome Office, North Essex Health Consortium, Oxfam.