Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 Year, Part-time: Up to 2 years

UK fee

£9,450 for the full course* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 for the full course (2024/25)

Course level




Start dates

July, March, October


Derby Campus

The contemporary business landscape demands leaders and professionals who possess a deep understanding of complex management challenges and the ability to develop evidence-based solutions. With a focus on research and knowledge, and designed with professionals in mind, our MRes Leadership and Management programme allows you to specialise with a range of pathways:

The programme will provide you with theoretical knowledge and practical research skills. You’ll study a range of research modules as well as a specialist dissertation, allowing you to customise your academic journey. 

A solid basis in research

Managers of the future will need to be able to adapt and constantly learn through research and knowledge exchange. Our MRes Leadership and Management course offers advanced training in research methodologies, critical thinking, and analytical skills, which are highly valued in managerial positions. You’d also be well placed to move into doctoral study on a PhD or DBA to continue your research journey.

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Top reasons to study an MRes degree at Derby Business School

The Master of Research in Leadership and Management is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) Master's degree designed to build your knowledge of specialist areas of business and management, and to develop the research skills essential for doctoral research. Many students who complete an MRes go on to apply for a PhD or DBA.


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What you will study

The MRes involves a substantial research project preceded by modules in research methodology and methods, advanced research methods and Personal Development for research. 

This module introduces the main theoretical approaches to understanding the social world, addressing questions such as ‘what is knowledge’ and ‘how can we know what we know’. It provides a grounding in the ways research is constructed from different conceptual foundations and the implications that these have for practical issues, such as how to collect and analyse data. 

Building on the broad foundation of the introductory module (Research Methodology and Methods), you will explore and develop specialised research, data collection and analytical techniques in more depth. You will select a minimum of eight masterclasses from a wide-ranging menu and these will be agreed with your academic supervisor to ensure they provide a solid preparation for your independent research project.

Several masterclasses count as double and will always be offered:

  • Introduction to Survey Research
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis
  • Computer-Aided Qualitative Analysis
  • Using SPSS
  • Using Grounded Theory.

A further list of at least ten single-session masterclasses will be offered each academic year. These offer you the opportunity to work in small, interdisciplinary groups, learning alongside and from the academic researchers who will go on to supervise your independent research project. They will explain the questions, methods, and theories that have motivated their own research in sessions which allow you to shape your own research ideas. This engagement with active researchers is an important part of the course, paving the way for greater collaboration between staff and students and promoting the co-production of research. 

You will develop professional skills which are invaluable for your future research endeavours. Delivered through four masterclasses, this module embraces crucial issues such as:

  • the communication and dissemination of research findings
  • research management including project planning and risk appraisal
  • finance
  • funding and resources including the preparation of a simulated funding proposal
  • different approaches to engagement and impact. 

You'll undertake a work-based research project either at your own place of work, through a work placement with one of the University's research clusters, or with an external organisation. The topic of the project will be linked to your chosen award title.

You will complete a substantial independent research programme consisting of a literature review and original research. This will culminate in a 20,000-word thesis and a critical reflection on the research process. You will also present your findings at an annual conference.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

This course offers a clear progression to independent learning, combining both critical engagement and hands-on real-world learning through your research project.

You begin with more traditional and structured modules where you will be introduced to research methodology and subject-specific content. You will then advance to more student-focused research masterclass modules with smaller cohorts, followed by the supervised independent research project.

There is a strong emphasis on skills development throughout the programme. You will not only build research, problem-solving, critical reflection and analytical skills but also develop broader transferable abilities in areas such as:

Who will teach you

Sung-Hee Lee

Dr Sung-Hee Lee
Programme leader

Dr Sung-Hee Lee has developed a broad understanding in sociology and social policy, mainly focused on care and gender issues within the context of comparative study between Europe and East Asia. Sung-Hee is currently commencing a research project investigating childcare policy development in East Asia and assessing the impact on working mothers' work-life balance. 

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, we ask that you submit a research proposal of around 1000 words setting out:

If your first language is not English, you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each skills area) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,450 for the full course*

£1,050 per 20 credits


£14,900 for the full course


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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International student scholarships

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


The MRes leadership and Management can lead to further research such as a PhD or DBA.

Graduates can pursue careers in management, including local and national government, business, and industry. Possible professions include management consultant, analyst or research project manager in addition to leadership positions in a corporate setting. 

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

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