Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Business Research Methods
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Please note that this qualification is only available until 31 December 2014. In order to claim this qualification you must have completed the required 120 credits by this time. This qualification is not available to new students. If you have any questions about your eligibility for this qualification please contact the Qualifications and Ceremonies Centre on +44 (0)1908 653003 or by email.
This postgraduate diploma course provides you with advanced-level training in research methods. It is particularly relevant if you intend to go on to study for a PhD, but will also be of value if you want to work in a commercial or professional environment where research forms a significant part of the work. This qualification comprises modules from The Open University Business School and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Planning your studies
The minimum entry requirement is an honours degree from the United Kingdom or the equivalent from an EU country (e.g. a magister from Poland), or an equivalent degree from the rest of the world. Ideally, but not necessarily, this should be in the subject you intend to pursue for your research. You should read the detailed advice about entry requirements and preparation in the individual module descriptions.
Modules start in November and May. Examinations are held in April and October. Because of the demands study will make we recommend that you take no more than 60 credits per annum while studying part-time, particularly in your first year.
The suggested route through this diploma course is as follows:
Stage 1 – 60 credits from the discontinued modules D849 and D821 or D822.
Stage 2 – 60 credits from the discontinued modules B852 and D843 or D844.
You should note that the University’s unique study rule applies to this qualification. This means that you must include at least 40 credits from OU modules that have not been counted in any other OU qualification that has previously been awarded to you.
Career relevance and employability
This postgraduate diploma course provides advanced level training in research methods. It is particularly relevant if you intend to go on to study for a PhD in Management and Business Studies, but will also be of value if you want to work in a commercial or professional environment where research forms a significant part of the work. Careers of this kind include those in central and local government, business analysts, and public sector or commercial management.
The programme meets part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s postgraduate research training requirements. The skills you will develop will include the ability to analyse complex information and communicate clearly, as well as organisational and problem-solving skills, which will be valued by a variety of employers.
There is more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU’s Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
For this 120-credit postgraduate diploma you require:
60 credits from the discontinued compulsory modules:
D849 and D821 or D822
Or, subject to the rules about excluded combinations, the discontinued module DT840
And 30 credits from the discontinued module B852
And 30 credits from one of the discontinued modules:
D843 or D844
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
Read more detailed information about the learning outcomes, and how they are acquired through teaching, learning and assessment methods.
Credit for previous study elsewhere
For this qualification, we do not allow you to count credit for study you have already done elsewhere.
On successful completion of the required modules, you can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Business Research Methods entitling you to use the letter PG Dip (MBRM) (Open) after your name.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the following regulations:
These regulations are also available on our Essential Documents website.
How to register
If you want to study for this qualification, read the description and check you meet any specific requirements (for example, some of our qualifications, require you to be working in a particular environment, or be sponsored by your employer). Then select the module you wish to study first and ensure it is suitable for you before following the registration procedure for that module. During the registration procedure you will be asked to declare which qualification you are studying towards.
See a full list of modules available for this qualification