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Research Methods and Skills

Maastricht School of Management - MSM
6 months
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Online / Distance
01 September 2020

Program description

Research Method and Skills - Training Program

Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidence-based decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society.

For example, you can think of consumer market research for innovative products or services, impact studies of ICT projects, studies on female entrepreneurship, and studies on corporate greening in the hotel industry. The development of research competencies is particularly relevant for junior academics whose career is increasingly dependent on their research output. When embarking on a DBA program, you also need to have a solid understanding of what constitutes good research, how to design and execute empirical studies and how to present and discuss research results in a convincing and effective manner.

The program comprises five modules, which will be offered in a distance learning approach including extensive and interactive online sessions, group activities, discussions forums, individual sessions (where requited), and practical exercises in order to ensure a vivid learning experience.

The modules take you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step. The program balances theoretical knowledge with experience-based learning. We strongly believe that learning-by-doing will help you develop a unique set of skills to draft and execute your research proposal. With all assignments being geared towards drafting an initial research proposal, the RMS training program truly kick-starts your research journey.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a Master degree in a relevant field of specialization, like Finance & Accounting, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Organization, Logistics & Information Systems, Social Sciences, Governance & Management, Economics, Public Policy and Engineering.
    Since our aim is to provide the best training and supervision, we refer to ourresearch websitefor more detailed information on our topics of interest and specialization.
  • Have an adequate level of spoken and written English. Applicants whose native language is not English or whose previous education has been in a language other than English, must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language by achieving the following scores:IELTS at least 6.5
    TOEFL paper based: at least 570
    TOEFL computer based test: at least 230
    TOEFL internet based: at least 88
  • Provide your first research ideas in the form of a five-page preliminary research proposal, see “Expression of Interest”.

Candidates should use the officialMSM online application form.

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Program content

During the distance learning Research Methods and Skills program, you will follow five modules consecutively over a period of 6 months. The distance learning approach includes extensive and interactive online sessions, group actvities, discussions forums, indivdual sessions (where requited), and practical exercises in order to ensure a vivid learning experience.

The coursework and assignments are all geared towards drafting a solid individual Research Proposal that needs to be presented and defended successfully for a committee (online).

The program follows a hands-on approach and teaches you step-by-step:
1: how to design a sound and feasible research proposal
2: how to collect reliable quantitative and qualitative data
3: how to analyze qualitative and quantitative data through valid methods
4: how to report on the research results according to academic standards.
The Research Methods and Skills program requires a disciplined work ethic.

The program is designed for:

  • Researchers in government departments
  • Private sector firms
  • NGOs and international development organizations
  • Doctoral candidates
  • Early career researchers

Participants of the blended program must pass the RMS training program within 6 months after the first day they started the program. 

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