Research Methods and Skills

  • Diploma
  • Mode
    full-time or blended
  • Course date
    September 2019
  • Duration
    November 2019

Kick-start your research journey

Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidencebased 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 doctoral 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 doctoral candidates, (junior) faculty and decisionmakers 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 or PhD research.

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.