Micro Master's Degree in Advanced Business Research Methods

Level 7 is equivalent to Master's leveL

This Level 7 certification aims to develop learners’ ability to prepare for various types of academically based management research through developing and designing a research proposal. Learners will develop a critical understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical research concepts within the business environment.

Level 7 is equivalent to Master’s level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Be able to develop research approaches in a relevant context.

1.1 Appraise business research problems. 

1.2 Develop and justify appropriate research aims and objectives within a defined scope and timeframe.

1.3 Critically explore, select and justify research approaches.

2. Be able to review literature on a relevant research topic critically.

2.1 Critically analyse different theoretical approaches to a research problem. 

2.2 Create a structured and thorough critical literature review.

3. Be able to design business research methodologies.

3.1 Critically evaluate relevant research methodologies to reflect the research objectives. 

3.2 Design an appropriate methodology for the research objectives for a defined population. 

3.3 Justify the methodology selected regarding the research objectives within agreed ethical guidelines.

4. Be able to develop a research proposal.

4.1 Create a research question, literature review and methodology. 

4.2 Propose techniques for use with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.


Research problem identification

Course Coverage

  • Understanding the research context; research problem identification for investigation; research topic identification; the conceptualisation of a research problem; developing insights; feasibility and possibilities; the literature search; setting initial components, e.g. working plan, research goals, timetable and management, research process, monitoring, evaluation and revision. 

Research problem selection and justification: Rationale of the proposed research

Course Coverage:

  • Appropriateness; reasons for selecting a specific research topic; skills, capacities and knowledge requirement identification; research question and hypothesis formulation; rationale elaboration; essential date setting; review and monitoring process. 

Develop appropriate research objectives and justification: background, aims and objectives selection.

Course Coverage:

  • Reasons for these selections; length of the research; skills, capacities and knowledge enhancement, e.g. literature review, methodology, research type selection, data collection and analysis, drawing a successful conclusion; critical knowledge on appropriate research methods, e.g. qualitative and quantitative, statistical research tools; research validity, reliability and ethical issues; essential justification of these selections. 

Literature review as relevant to the research problem and objectives

Course Coverage:

  • Definition, features and ways to do literature review; the generic selection of literature; spotting the literature sources; justification of an appropriate piece of literature. 

To compare different theories and authors

Course Coverage:

  • The selection of appropriate theories for the research; conceptualisation of the research phenomenon, including relevant ideas and the justification of choices; the strength and credentials of an applicable theoretical framework; the understanding and interpretation; developing the theoretical framework. 

Critical review of the key literature for inclusion in a research proposal while focusing on concepts and methodologies followed by other

Course Coverage

  • Knowledge of acceptability, reliability and validity of literature; the reference style of literature; critical literature type selection, e.g. journals, books, papers, conference papers; source of literature: library searches, internet, online and offline publication media. 

Research methodologies and relationship with research objectives

Course Coverage:

  •  Advanced knowledge of research methodologies, action research, intervention research, and intervention research. 

Design and choose an appropriate methodology in terms of the research objectives

Course Coverage:

  • Designing a research using the most appropriate method; research question or hypothesis test; reliability and validity test; ethical and access issues consideration; quantitative methodology; questionnaire design and distribution; conducting interviews; surveys; qualitative methods; interviews; observation; case studies. 

Justify the methodology selected in terms of the research objectives.

Course Coverage:

  • Critical knowledge of questions on the questionnaire, interviewee selection, data verification, bias, time and place selection, interview recording, and justification of using any selected research tool. 

Evaluate and use techniques for quantitative and qualitative data.

Course Coverage:

  • Types of data presentation and analysis; qualitative data analysis, e.g. techniques of categorisation and coding; transcripts interpretation, data analysis process, data analysis, data presentation, the use of information technologies; quantitative data analysis, e.g. value analysis, coding, data analysis manually and electronically; 

Indicative reading list 

Core texts: 

  • Cameron, S. (2005) The MBA Handbook. Harlow: Prentice Hall. 
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2010) Research Methods for Business Learners. Harlow: Prentice Hall. 

Additional reading: 

  • Anderson, V . (2009) Research Methods in Human Resource Management. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Binsardi, A. (2008) Research Methods for Management. Cambridge: International Academic Press. 
  • Booth, A., Papaioannou, D. and Sutton, A. (2012) Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review. London: Sage Publications. • Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods. New York: Oxford University Press. 
  • Burns, R. P. and Burns, R. (2008) Business Research Methods & Statistics Using SPSS. London: Sage Publications.
  • Cooper, D. R. and Schindler, P. S. (2006) Business Research Methods. Boston: McGraw Hill. 
  • Deniels, P . and Becker, L. (2012) Developing Research Proposals. London: Sage Publications. 
  • Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2012) Management Research. London: Sage Publications.
  • Fink, A. (2009) Conducting Research Literature Reviews. London: Sage Publications. Flick, U. (2011) Your Research Project. London: Sage  Publications. 
  • Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research Methods for Managers. London: Sage Publications. Jankowicz, A. D. (2005). Business Research Projects.  London: Thomson Learning. 
  • Jesson, J. K., Matheson, L. and Lacey, F. M. (2011) Doing Your Literature Review. London: Sage Publications.
  • Keleman, M. L. and Rumens, N. (2008). An Introduction to Critical Management Research. London: Sage Publications.
  • Malhatra, N. K. (2007) Marketing Research: An Applied Orientation. New Jersey: Pearson. 
  • McNiff, J. and Whitehead, J. (2009) Doing and Writing Action Research. London: Sage Publications. 
  • Moutinho, L. and Hutcheson, G. D. (2011) The Sage Dictionary of Quantitative Management Research. London: Sage Publications.
  • Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research. Hampshire: John Wiley and Sons. 
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2009) Research Methods for Business Learners. Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall.
  • Thomas, R. and Lynn, P. (2009) Survey Research in Practice. London: Sage Publications.

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Master program, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a non-global accredited university degree, The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U). 
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Micro Master programs, students receive all certified documents from Université Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris. 
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Certification & Recognition certified from Paris-U

Because the program is accredited and recognised, students can easily use permitted in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Master Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Master Degree is certified at the master level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 7 Certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 10 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 7 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 7 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 9 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 9 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Master program when participating in the Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy (MAEMIP) of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the MAEMIP program, students who have graduated from the Micro Master program will receive a discount equivalent with short courses tuition fee for each certified. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE.

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labour market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will lead to only the MLSCM degree of Paris-U, not a dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Certified program is not-for-profit, so the tuition fees are fully supported by Paris-U’s partners. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students need to meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will only accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program at Paris-U, so you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program at Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates must ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is mandatory when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Note that applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You could download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 7 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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