Research Methods and Skills

  • Diploma
    Diploma
  • Mode
    Full-time / blended
  • Course date
    02 Sep 2019
  • Duration
    12 weeks - 9 months

Course date 2018: 3 September – 23 November 2018
Course date 2019: begin September – end November 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidence-based decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. For example, you can think of consumer market research for innovative products or services, impact studies of ICT projects, studies on female entrepreneurship, and studies on corporate greening in the hotel industry. The development of research competencies is particularly relevant for junior academics whose career is increasingly dependent on their research output. When embarking on a DBA program, you also need to have a solid understanding of what constitutes good research, how to design and execute empirical studies and how to present and discuss research results in a convincing and effective manner.

The RMS training program offers a unique program to develop academic skills and a scientific mindset and to facilitate the kick-starting of research activities of DBA candidates, (junior) faculty and decision-makers in government departments, private business firms, NGOs and international development organizations. In developing countries, this program can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, but also research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries and think tanks. In developed countries, this program fills the gap between master graduation, and the start of a DBA research. After completion of this program, you are better equipped to apply for DBA programs, or start your actual DBA research within your own institute.

This program is offered both on campus (12 weeks, starting from mid-September to early December of every year) and blended (i.e. online videos, handouts, moderated online forum discussions, feedback on assignments per email and Skype). The program comprises five modules and takes you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step. Our classes balance theoretical knowledge with experience-based learning. We strongly believe that learning-by-doing will help you develop a unique set of skills to draft and execute your research proposal. With all assignments being geared towards drafting an initial research proposal, the RMS training program truly kick-starts your research journey.