MSc by Research at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS

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As part of a world-renowned University, triple accredited (AMBA, AACSB, and EQUIS) and ranked 5th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, 2022) within Business and Management, our Business School provides a dynamic and supportive research environment for our large and diverse graduate community. The Business School's research mission is to produce theory-led, practically relevant research that addresses contemporary organisational and management challenges faced by businesses, public organisations, regulatory bodies, and policy-makers. Our research subject groups The School has significant research expertise in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Management Science and Business Economics
  • Marketing
  • Organisation Studies
  • Strategy
Our research themes Staff across these six disciplinary subject groups work together to carry out research under the following themes:
  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Corporate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary Accounting
  • Leadership, Organisations, and Society
  • Management Science
Interdisciplinary research The Business School has capitalised on opportunities afforded by our Edinburgh location and cultivated links with other parts of the University to develop and lead new areas of expertise, in financial services and FinTech, creative industries, and digital tourism. The School has links with other schools at the University, including Social and Political Studies, Mathematics and Law, allowing students with cross-disciplinary interests to find expertise, support and supervision. Your research As a postgraduate researcher, you will have the opportunity to pursue original research and make a significant contribution to your chosen field. The strength of your application for our programme depends on the fit of your proposal with the School’s research mission and themes, and particularly how it fits with the research interests of our academic staff. We therefore strongly recommend you make contact with a potential supervisor before applying. Check out the links to our research disciplines and themes above to find one of our academic colleagues you would be interested to work with, who would have the expertise to support your studies. When approaching a potential supervisor please ensure you give them an up-to-date CV and a draft research proposal. Programme structure This MScR programme is one year of full-time study. You will take 60 credits of compulsory courses and 60 credits of option courses, and will complete your programme with a dissertation worth 60 credits. Training and support Your supervisory team will be made up of at least two members of academic staff who will meet with you regularly to discuss your research progress and plans. You will be assigned to one of our research subject groups as relevant for your topic, who will host regular research activities. Our postgraduate training programme will allow you to pursue research and professional skill training alongside your subject-specific taught courses. There will be a variety of seminars and workshops delivered by international experts throughout the year, providing further opportunities for advanced learning and networking. Another way the Business School supports your individual development is through dedicated funding. Postgraduate researchers can apply to use this funding for further opportunities such as attending international conferences or professional body membership fees.


See the University of Edinburgh website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on the University of Edinburgh website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

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MSc by Research at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS