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Research Methods and Skills

  • Diploma
  • Mode
  • Course date
    1 September 2020
  • Duration
    6 months

Course date 2020: 1 September 2020 - 1 March 2021

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. The RMS program offers a unique program to develop your academic skills and scientific mindset. 

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 program is developed for those wishing to develop their research careers in a broad range of industries: the private sector, NGOs, international development organizations, public sector early career academics and doctoral candidates. 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 doctoral research. 

We welcome you in Maastricht for 2 weeks (1 – 11 September 2020) at the beginning of the program (mandatory). During these two mandatory weeks on-campus you will follow subject module 1: Introduction to Research Methods. You will not only be able to meet the MSM lecturers, but also your fellow (international) students. The two weeks on-campus will also contribute to sharpening and refining your initial research ideas through classroom interactions, peer reviews and group assignments. The other four modules are offered online consisting out of online videos, handouts, moderated online forum discussions and feedback on assignments per email and Skype.

The program comprises five modules and takes you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step. The program balances 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.

“During the Research Methods and Skills program I learned how to write a research proposal, how to look for relevant articles, how to prepare an interview guide and how to conduct interviews. The program also taught me how to analyze the obtained data.”
Ms. Ethel Ansah-Antwi - RMS 2019 alumnus