Applications are invited to our MSc by Research, focusing on project management. Working with our expert supervisors, you will address an important organisational issue that would benefit from in-depth investigation. The output of the MSc will be a high-quality, 10,000-word research paper which we will encourage and support you to publish in a suitable peer-reviewed journal upon successful completion of your degree.

We are open to any topic that fits within the broad remit of project studies. Particular interests of the supervisors include (but are not limited to) governance, project/programme performance, complexity, resilience, agile, organisational learning, and ambidexterity.


  • Start date30 January 2023, 25 September 2023
  • Duration2 years
  • QualificationMSc by Research
  • Study typePart-time
  • CampusCranfield campus

Programme structure

As an MSc by Research student at Cranfield School of Management you will benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and become a valued member of our research community. Our research network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. We have built an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon our diversity of activities and knowledge. MSc by Research students will undertake the School of Management Researchers Core Development programme alongside our PhD students, together with access to the University Doctoral Core Research Methods Training (DCRMT) Programme courses and a tailored programme of seminars and events. Through these we provide those studying a research degree the foundational skills they require to conduct their research projects and develop as professional researchers, together with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

The School of Management is located on the Cranfield campus, if you wish to apply for a place on the programme, you will need to submit an online application. Once you have submitted your online application we will also provide you with a username and password so you can access the student portal, EVE. In EVE you will be able to:

  • view your application and personal details
  • view the progress of your application
  • upload additional documents, if required, in support of your application
  • contact us with any questions you may have about your application
  • update your contact details
  • withdraw your application (prior to receiving a decision)

To help speed up the application process, please provide your supporting documents (e.g. degree certificate) as soon as possible.

We only require electronic copies of these documents during the application process. Photocopies sent by post will be scanned and uploaded to your electronic record. Please do not send us hard copies of your original documents but keep them to hand as you may need to show them to us at registration when you arrive.

In addition to meeting our entry requirements we also require you to submit a 1000-word proposal outlining the research you would like to carry out. This needs to:

  • Formulate and define a clear, interesting research question or problem.
  • Establish the relevance and value of the proposed research question in the context of current academic thinking, highlighting its originality and significance. We expect you to have read some relevant literature in the area that you are planning to research and to provide a review of this.
  • Outline the methodology you propose to use to carry out your research, including the data sources and source material you plan to use.
  • Suggest what you hope to discover at the end of your research and what new areas it might open up (your contribution)
  • Provide a provisional timeline for your research

Your proposal should demonstrate your interest and your potential to carry out independent research.

Before submission, please feel free to contact Professor Neil Turner who will be able to help you develop this, if required.

For further information please contact:

Professor Neil Turner

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