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Overview

The MRes Management programme helps you develop a systematic understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of research in the field of business and management. It will equip you with an understanding of what constitutes quality research, and acquaint you with the research processes involved from the point of inception to project completion. You will be registered as an off-site University of Liverpool postgraduate research student, while studying at XJTLU in China.

The overall goal of the programme is to develop fully trained and competent management researchers who are able to understand and use research techniques appropriate to their subject area.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) in 2016 and 2018 respectively. AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation. The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritative and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why should I study Management at XJTLU?

  • This programme is both a stand-alone masters programme as well as a prerequisite to those who wish to earn a PhD degree in management, economics or financial economics.
  • Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

The MRes Management programme will equip you to:

  • review systematically, and evaluate critically research paradigms and demonstrate how they inform management research projects
  • analyse business and management processes and their environment using a multitude of conceptual approaches
  • understand how the examination of different aspects in business and management research can be integrated
  • demonstrate comprehensive understanding and critical reflection of literature in the field of study
  • demonstrate self-direction and originality in the design of quality research projects in a range of managerial and organisational settings
  • understand and systematically apply research skills in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method data collection and analysis relative to business and management research
  • appreciate how the organisational context affects the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of research in business and management
  • advance your knowledge and understanding through the completion and comprehensive write-up of independently conducted research projects

Modules

  • Core modules

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  • Additional learning activities

    The completion of additional learning activities is required to obtain your master degree. The programme includes a total of 600 hours of Additional Learning Activities, most of which are chosen individually by students. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester. They should normally be spread equally over teaching semesters and the summer and winter breaks.

Dr Chang won numerous awards, including 2015 IEEE Outstanding Service; 2016 European award: Best Project in Research; Outstanding Young Scientist 2017; 2016 SEID Excellent Scholar in Suzhou, Jiangsu of China; 2017 INSTICC Service Award and ICGI 2017 special award on Data Science. He is widely regarded as a leading expert on Big Data/Cloud/IoT/security. He is a visiting scholar/PhD examiner at several universities, an Editor-in-Chief of IJOCI and OJBD journals, Editor of FGCS, Associate Editor of TII, founding chair of two international workshops and founding Conference Chair of IoTBDS and COMPLEXIS. He was involved in different projects worth more than GBP 12.5 million in Europe and Asia. He has published three books as sole authors and the editor of two books. He has given 16 keynotes at international conferences. He has completed many special issues of top journals and chaired many scholarly events for information management and systems. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr Victor Chang
Programme director, MRes Management

Careers

Industry opportunities may manifest themselves in the form of research posts in private and public sector organisations. The programme has a substantial theoretical and methodological core that provides an essential basis for students moving on to doctoral level study.