Research Methods and Skills, Certificate | Part time online (optional) | Maastricht School of Management | Maastricht, Netherlands
3 months
2799 EUR/full
2799 EUR/full
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Research competencies and skills are essential for the effective conduct and understanding of research and ultimately for evidence-based decision-making. The Research Methods and Skills course offers you a unique opportunity to develop your academic skills and scientific mindset.

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The course will provide you with a solid foundation in the principles and techniques of conducting research, including understanding research design, data collection methods and statistical analysis. It will also contribute to your problem-solving skills, helping you how to formulate research questions, develop hypotheses and design studies to answer those questions.

Research methods skills are highly valued in today’s competitive market, whether you are pursuing a career in academia, industry or government. By completing the course, you can enhance your competitiveness in the job market or open up opportunities for advancement. The course will also foster your personal growth by encouraging your curiosity, creativity and intellectual exploration.

In essence, the Research Methods and Skills course will equip you with the knowledge and abilities needed to conduct rigorous, ethical, and impactful research across various disciplines and professional fields. With all assignments being geared towards writing your research proposal, the RMS course truly kick-starts your research journey. 

This course can also be used as a refresher course on the execution of research.The modules take you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step and 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.


Maastricht School of Management (MSM) is part of the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (SBE). SBE has been awarded three prestigious accreditations, AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, resulting in what is known as the Triple Crown accreditation. Only 1% of business schools worldwide can boast this honour, many of which are SBE partner institutes.

Programme Structure

The MSM Research Methods and Skills (RMS) course helps participants in the preparation of a research proposal. Divided over three modules, a series of short instructive videos explain the key elements of a research proposal and the basics of research methodology. Short instructive videos, course literature, individual assignments, virtual classes, group chat opportunities and individual feedback from the lecturer will prepare participants for the fourth module in which you will write a research proposal. The defense of the research proposal for a committee of lecturers is the final test in the course.

The modules are:

1. Research Proposal

2. Qualitative research: data collection and analysis

3. Quantitative research: data collection and analysis

4. Preparing the research proposal 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • 8 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Online
  • Semi-structured
  • Regular optional meetings, Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should have the ability to function academically and professionally at Bachelor level. Because it is an interactive programme, candidates should have an adequate level of spoken and written English to be able to follow the programme and to actively participate. If it turns out and applicant does not have the sufficient level of English, a certificate will not be awarded.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2799 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2799 EUR for the full programme during 3 months.
  • National

    2799 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2799 EUR for the full programme during 3 months.

Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.

Living costs for Maastricht

700 - 1170 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarship opportunities can be combined up to 50% of the full tuition fee.Corporate Discount:

  • 15% for 2 participants coming from the same organisation within 1 academic year
  • 25% for 3 participants coming from the same organisation within 1 academic year
  • 40% for 4 - 6 participants coming from the same organisation within 1 academic year
  • For > 6 participants we will offer a tailor made programme
Alumni Lifelong Learning:15% discount for Maastricht School of Management registered AlumniDean's Development FundFor the Dean's Development Fund, please select your country to see the actual price of the programme (full tuition fee-/-DDF scholarship). The DDF is based on country of residence.  

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