MRes in Management


Our MRes in Management Programme

The MRes is a one year full-time taught programme, with one entry date in late September.

The MRes programme provides students with:

  • foundation training in basic and advanced research skills sufficient to enter a Doctoral programme. The programme is also suitable for candidates who may wish to obtain a research degree, but do not wish to commit themselves to a longer period of study
  • the conceptual, methodological, practical, and ethical skills necessary for careers in management studies research
  • an advanced knowledge of contemporary debates in management research philosophy and methodology
  • skills to apply concepts and techniques, as well as developing a critical awareness of the limits of such techniques, via taught modules and debates
  • an awareness of the interactions between the candidates own research specialism and the broader field of management studies

Course Content

What you'll study

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3



All MRes students are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of their studies, and during their Dissertation period.

Note: these modules are subject to change: the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer.

Entry Requirements

What you'll need

Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or equivalent) in any subject. Please note that preference may be given to students with some prior study of business management.

Applicants are encouraged to include a short research proposal, which identifies their area of interest, with their application, and a personal statement indicating their interest in undertaking a research degree.

For students whose first language is not English, we normally require evidence of English language ability.  

Country-specific information

Find out about entry requirements, funding opportunities and forthcoming visits to your country. Students and graduates also share their experiences of studying and living in York.

Country-specific information

English Language requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language should provide evidence of English language competence.

Acceptable qualifications for Management Masters programmes are listed on the University English Language pages.  Please refer to these pages for accepted tests.

For the Masters programmes The York Management School requires:
IELTS: with overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in other components. TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components

If you have any queries about your eligibility for the MRes, please contact our Postgraduate Office.

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding


The rate for the MRes programme is the Standard Taught Masters Classroom-based fee. 

For the current fee level please see the Fees and Funding webpages.


A range of studentships and scholarships are offered annually, including:

  • The York Management School Scholarship Scheme
  • Postgraduate Scholarships and Funding
  • Scholarships for Overseas Students

Further details


How to apply

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically with our online system, which allows you to save progress and return later to finish.

You will need to submit:

  • Academic transcripts (mandatory)
  • Contact details of two academic referees (mandatory)
  • A personal statement (mandatory)
  • Short research proposal (recommended)
  • Copy of language certificate (if relevant)

Full details of the required documents here

Advice for Home / EU applicants:

Applications from UK / EU candidates will be accepted throughout the admissions cycle.

Advice for Overseas applicants:

Applications from Overseas candidates will be accepted throughout the admissions cycle, as this programme is not subject to the staged recruitment rounds in operation with other York Management School programmes.

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Where you’ll go from here

Graduates finish the MRes course well-equipped to pursue further study, such as a PhD.  You will also gain relevant and highly sought-after skills that qualify you for a research career in academic institutions, local and central government or commercial research.

Career opportunities:

  • Teaching and academia
  • Local government
  • Public services

Transferable skills:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Data analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Design and completion of original research
  • Communication skills

'The York Management School MRes helped me understand about research methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods) along with learning how to conduct a systematic review of literature, familiarise myself with the philosophy and process of management research and understand the social research methods.  All of these have helped me immensely in my journey as a PhD student'.  MRes student 2012-13

'During my MRes studies at TYMS I managed to gain and develop a number of skills including, but not limited to, quantitative and qualitative research, analytical thinking, writing and time management skills. This in turn has given me the confidence and prepared me well for my PhD journey'.  MRes student 2012-13


More Information

Will I be assigned a supervisor?
All offer holders will be assigned a supervisor when they start the programme, where possible in an area related to their research topic. Applicants can indicate a potential supervisor on their application.

When can I apply?
You can apply for the MRes programme throughout the year, but bear in mind that it takes four to six weeks to receive an offer and the programme starts in late September of each academic year.

What study facilities will be provided?
All students have access to the desktop computers provided within the PhD suite/working room, where they have access to a networked printer. PhD students also have access to the study facilities provided by the University of York. This includes the library facilities and academic and personal support services.

Will I be able to find accommodation easily?
Postgraduate accommodation is to be found on campus, if you apply for a room via the University Accommodation Office. If you wish to live in private accommodation, the Accommodation Office can also help by providing you with a list of approved letting agencies and estate agencies.

Can I work during my studies?
The MRes programme is a full-time one year taught course. Students do take on occasional evening jobs, but attendance on the course is a priority.

Does the MRes automatically lead to the PhD Programme?
The MRes is a self-contained one year postgraduate taught course, which can be a stand-alone qualification, or can serve as preparation for embarking upon the PhD programme. The PhD Programme is a separate course and has to be applied for independently.

Contact our Postgraduate Office if you have any further questions about the MRes programme.