Pre-Doctoral Programme

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School

Course Award: PgCert in Business Research Methods

Entry Date: Open enrolment


This pre-doctoral programme is specifically designed for students who want to prepare for a DBA or PhD degree at Edinburgh Business School or elsewhere. Entry to doctoral studies is increasingly competitive so it is vital that you understand the research process and have a clearly defined research idea before embarking on a doctoral research programme.

Programme Duration

The PgCert in Business Research Methods is self-paced.

Programme Outline

Doctoral Business Research 1

Doctoral Business Research 2

Doctoral Business Research 3

Programme Fees

The total cost of the programme by distance-learning is £3525.

Each optional 4-day on-campus seminar costs £630.

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to anyone with an interest in doctoral level research. There is no application form or entry criteria; you can commence your studies straight away by registering for the first course.

Student Support

Students in Nigeria can also attend scheduled exam-intensive lectures and tutorials with EDC either in person in our Lagos centre and Abuja centre or online via Zoom ahead of each examination diet. The lecture timetable is released in advance of these sessions.

Exam Structure

Most courses assessed by final examinations

Exams come in multiple formats from one course to another

Case studies/Essays/Scenarios/part pre-exam work/pitch.
The full details of the exam format for each course are available on the respective course portals.

Exam Diet

April, August, and December

Exam Results

Results are released six to eight weeks after the exam

Enquiry Form

Executive Education Enquiry Form