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University of Exeter Business School

Research Workshops

Module titleResearch Workshops
Module codeBEMM792
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Greg Molecke (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This course requires students to participate in a minimum number of research, theory, and paper development workshops offered by the course itself, departments, the Research Methods Centre, and university Faculties/Colleges over the course of the two terms of the course.  Students are empowered to choose among a large number of already-offered workshops according to their specific topic and methodological interests. In addition, the classroom/tutorial sessions of this course host a series of Paper Development Workshops where current PhD students, faculty, and prominent external researchers present to students a paper they currently have in development for review and feedback. These sessions will use a very structured format to maximize the amount of participation, discussion and useful feedback on each paper.

MRes students will learn through the content of the workshops, by developing supportive reviews and participating in the feedback and discussion of the papers presented in the paper development workshops, by developing their own presentation for one of the workshops, and by creating a reflective portfolio of their learning over each of the workshops. 

No prior knowledge is required for this course and no co-requisites are required. This module is suitable for any PGR student interested in further honing their abilities to do academic research and is particularly recommended for MPhil and PhD students as well as MRes students. This module recommended for interdisciplinary pathways, and students outside of Management/Global Political Environment are encouraged to participate.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design coherent and meaningful research.
  • Enable students to critically evaluate and develop insight into methodological issues associated with research in management studies.
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to write and revise compelling and convincing research articles or reports.
  • Prepare students for the rigour necessary to write publishable research articles.
  • To expose students to cutting edge management research and the approaches experienced researchers use to problematize and address management problems, issues and research debates.
  • To develop strong academic practices for engaging in an academic community to improve the quality both one’s own and other’s research.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Identify methodological issues associated with conducting research within management studies and related fields.
  • 2. Critique research strategies relevant to management studies and related fields for
  • 3. Develop a coherent design for a research question in management studies appropriate for a PhD.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Identify methodological issues associated with conducting research within management studies and related fields.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Prepare and communicate analyses effectively through written reports and presentations;
  • 6. Build a professional network and resources for mentorship within their academic community

Syllabus plan

Students will be required to attend 44 hours of workshops during this course and write an entry in a learning portfolio for each workshop attended. Students may select from a wide range of workshops to attend, including paper development workshops offered by the course itself, methods workshops hosted by the Research Methods Centre, paper presentations and methods workshops offered by Exeter University academic departments/colleges/faculties, and (with approval) other universities and consortiums.  The choice of workshops will be managed in consultation with the course instructors and the student’s supervisor(s) according to their specific needs and interests. There are also requirements for attending multiple types of workshops to ensure all ILOs are met. Students will also have an opportunity to present their research (often their PhD Upgrade Proposal) at a development workshop to get peer feedback and advice.


While the specific content and epistemological approach will vary by individual workshops, the goal is for students to be able to proactively engage with the larger academic community to custom-create a series of learning experiences that will help them develop their knowledge and practical skills problematizing theory, using research to address the theoretical problems, and then writing compelling and convincing research publications. And, in the process, students will develop an academic network that will help them now and in the future.


Note: Academic conferences do not count as workshops for this course. However, students may count the specific session at a conference where they present their paper.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities44Scheduled and ad-hoc Learning and Paper Development Workshops : Mixture of Workshops and Paper Development Workshops
Guided Independent Study256Preparation for workshops, reading, preparing research presentation, preparing learning portfolio

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Feedback during each workshopThis varies based on the workshops the student chooses.1-6This varies based on the workshops the student chooses.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Learning Portfolio856001-6Written
Presentation1515-30 Minutes3,4,5,6Oral Discussion

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Learning PortfolioLearning Portfolio1-6August/September Reassessment Period
PresentationPresentation3,4,5,6August/September Reassessment Period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


  • Varies by individual workshop chosen, each workshop will provide necessary materials.


Web-based and electronic resources:


  • ELE – Faculty to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages


Other resources:


  • The research, theory, and paper development workshops and events offered each year through the Research Methods Centre, academic departments, Exeter University faculties/colleges, and (with approval) other universities and consortiums.
Credit value30
Module ECTS


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