Research Methods and Skills

  • Diploma
    Diploma
  • Mode
    Full-time / blended
  • Course date
    02 Sep 2019
  • Duration
    12 weeks - 6 months

Course date 2019: 2 September – 22 November 2019

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. 

This program is offered both on campus (12 weeks, starting from early-September to late November) 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.

"The Research Methods and Skills program was a steep learning curve. At first I had no knowledge of scientific research but afterwards I feel confident that I can evaluate and apply the appropriate research methods."
Christian Maryska
RMS 2017