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NBS8554 : Research Designs in Management and Business Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Steve Vincent
  • Lecturer: Professor Natasha Mauthner, Professor Savvas Papagiannidis, Professor Andrea Whittle, Dr Ana Lopes, Professor Iain Munro, Professor Matthew Brannan, Dr Saurabh Bhattacharya, Professor Charles Harvey
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of the module is to develop an advanced understanding of the fundamentals a variety of qualitative and quantitative research designs in management and business studies for students on a specialist master's degree as well as for doctoral students.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods. Typical topics include:

1. Survey research
2. Interview-based research
3. Ethnography
4. Case studies
5. Textual analysis

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading156:0056:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice115:0055:00Guided learning on research methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops113:0033:00Present in person if possible.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered using workshops that incorporate lecturer input, interactive activities, discussions and opportunities to ask questions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M100Research Proposal: Report of 4,000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MOutline of research proposal for formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research proposal examines the students’ advanced understanding of research design principles and their application in the construction of a research proposal suitable for a research-based master's thesis or doctoral study.

Reading Lists