Master of Research (MRES)


Welcome to the SSM Master of Research Program

At the Swiss School of Management, our goal is to stimulate your thirst for knowledge, build your confidence and provide you with innovative classes and timely material. We offer a great variety of academic and professional courses and programs. A successful career demands a solid foundation of knowledge, and that’s why we do not only effectively teach business fundamentals, but we go one step further to ensure your development as a person and a leader.

Our focus is to give students a real-life experience in the classroom. At SSM, you will simulate the real challenges faced by business leaders as you are called on to analyze data, develop alternatives, make and defend your recommendations, and execute. We succeed in this goal, both by using case studies and by having extraordinary international faculty members who enrich our courses with real-life experience, preparing you for the real-world better than any lecture-based program ever could.

Our programs contemplate company visits, guest lecturers and speakers from the industry or the field of study. Each course includes the interlinking of a leadership, ethical and entrepreneurial component that will allow candidates to turn concepts into decisions, knowledge into action and ideas into change, providing the opportunity to apply what you have learned in class to real life. In each class, we will open your mind to how the world really works, we will contribute to your professional appearance and behaviour.

Master of Research (MRes) degrees are innovative programs of studies, which are getting increasingly popular. In contrast to other Master’s programs, such as the Master of Science or Master of Arts, the Master of Research is focused on preparing students for doctoral research. The aim of the program is to qualify you for a career in research. There is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. A research degree is an advanced program of study allowing you to investigate a topic relevant to your field of interest.

Swiss School of Management ́s MRes program provides you with a thorough basis for academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. The increasing sophistication of the practice of management and the rising complexity of global business generate demand for experts in management. We are looking for candidates that have a passion for research and have the ambition to become leading scholars in their field. You will have an opportunity to do in-depth study and research in the field that most interests you.

This Master’s will equip you with the necessary

skills to undertake sustained, independent and innovative research. The program emphasizes a strong foundation in both methodological and theoretical training. Students analyze their topic at an advanced level, applying research methodology and techniques to contribute new knowledge to their field, under appropriate supervision.

You will gain the confidence to work in creative and flexible ways, and develop the ability to plan, produce and present rigorous, independent and theoretically informed studies. It also fosters the development of essential professional skills to enhance your employability, such as self- management, team work, problem solving and communication.

Within your research proposal, you are requested to provide evidence of your intellectual capability to undertake empirical research of scientific quality and value, which is defendable, robust, consistent and fully evidence-based. The Research Proposal is a transitory step from a Master’s to a doctoral level.

General Study Information

Duration of Program

The MRes program has a duration of 3 semesters (18 months), earning 90 ECTS.

Begin of Study

Enrolments are generally accepted throughout the year.

Entry Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or a postgraduate degree with significant professional work experience.

Learning Structure

All courses are structured in modules, according to the Bologna reform. There are 8 compulsory taught modules within the first two semesters and the Master ́s Thesis in the third semester.

Mode of Study

The MRes program is based on a research-oriented, full-time and/or part-time study model. On site study, web-based-learning, blended learning are combined with work-based study supported by systemic coaching or supervised by faculty and teaching staff.


All modules include a test or examination. Advanced forms of examination, such as presentation, essay, portfolio, group discussion with assessment, etc. are possible.

Final Examination

The final examinations are held at the end of the program. They consist of oral and written examinations and include the Research Proposal.

Final Certification

Successful students will receive an MRes Certificate, a Diploma Supplement and an Academic Transcript.

Structure and Schedule

The Master of Research (MRes) program is in line with international standards of Postgraduate Education on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) level 7, and it fulfills the criteria of process harmonization of Higher Education within the European Union. The program awards successful students with 90 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

  • 40 ECTS credits by completion of 5 compulsory taught modules (8 ECTS credits per module)
  • 32 ECTS credits by completion of 4 elective taught modules (8 ECTS credits per module)
  • 18 ECTS credits by writing and presenting a Research Proposal plus Viva

Modules are delivered interactively and based on actual knowledge and research. The Master of Research will enhance your role in senior management, or prepare you for a career in academia. It is also a stepping stone to further research degrees, such as a PhD.

Each individual module is designed to provide in-depth subject knowledge, and it also contributes to a cross-functional understanding. The overall outcome of this program supports graduates in their career development through the combination of academic knowledge and essential research orientation on highest standards. Emphasis of the program is high impact on employability.

The program of studies is delivered as full-time or part-time modus, offering through intensive learning on weekend sessions as a blended learning concept (on-campus class, virtual class, e-learning, experiential learning). In addition to the formal contact hours, students will be expected to engage in independent studies during and between the different modules.

The MRes is considered as relevant, rich and academically valid through the adoption of high standards in Higher Education.

General Entry Requirements

Candidates with a First Degree

The Master of Research (MRes) is a focused postgraduate program based on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) level 7. It is directed to candidates who already hold a Bachelor Degree or a similar Undergraduate Qualification on EQF Level 6.

To enter the program, candidates need to prove excellent English communication skills.

Candidates with a Postgraduate Degree

Equally welcomed are applicants who have a postgraduate Qualification (e.g. Master, MBA) with significant professional experience and practice in an organisation. The expectation for those professionals is a minimum of three (3) years’ experience on managerial and/or supervisory level. Such evidence has to be proven during the application process.

Quality Assurance on National Level of Further Education

SSM is a quality certified school aligned to the standard of Swiss Further Education by EduQua.

EduQua is the Swiss national quality assurance body and the first Swiss quality label geared towards adult continuing education. It is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.

Certificate of Accreditation and excerpts from EduQua online database are displayed on the following pages.

Global Student Benefits

  • Acknowledged University as part of European Qualification Framework
  • Campus location in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy
  • Latest academic knowledge with practice-orientation targeting Employability Impact
  • Delivery by carefully selected national Partner Institutes making studies more affordable and accessible
  • Part of a truly global student community
  • International Graduation Ceremony
  • Global Alumni Network

Application and Enrolment

How to apply: step by step from Application to Enrolment

1. Application

To apply for a Master of Research (MRes) program, please submit the application form and provide us your biographical data. For this purpose, use the student portfolio form, which is used to assess whether an applicant is eligible for the MRes. In case of admission, the candidate receives a letter of acceptance. You can download the forms from our website or use the application form, which you will find at the end of this brochure.

The student portfolio form will ask you to provide biographical and academic information, also asking you to give details about your educational and extracurricular activities. Information must be completed with accurate dates on each entry. Please fill in the form carefully as far as you can, so that your application can be processed as soon as possible. All documents have to be submitted in an electronic version (PDF or jpg-Format) to the Office of Admissions.

2. Letter of Acceptance

Swiss School of Management will notify you of the result of your application. In case of admission, the student receives a letter of acceptance.

3. Educational Agreement and Study Fees

After receiving the letter of acceptance, please fill in the educational agreement. The student receives a confirmation of enrollment and can start the educational path, as soon as the study contract is signed and submitted (an electronic version/pdf-file can be submitted via email) and the application and tuition fee are paid at least for the first semester.

4. Begin of Study

An individual study plan can be prepared or discussed with a student counselor, during a personal meeting or a preliminary seminar at the beginning of the course.

Enrolment Documentation

Students must submit the following documents in either one of the following languages, English or German, in order to be enrolled into the MRes program at the University:

  • Passport or ID-Card (photocopy or scan as pdf file)
  • Certificate from an accredited secondary school, High School diploma, VWO, Baccalauréat, Maturité Fédérale, German Abitur or equivalent.
  • University degree certificates (Bachelor, Master etc.)
  • Official Transcript of Records (educational records) / Curriculum (a certificate issued by his University / Faculty which contains all the marks that the student received for each discipline, in each semester, and the ECTS numbers for each discipline)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of English or German language proficiency (Toefl, Goethe Institute, Cambridge, or equivalent)

Please note: The original documents or original translations shall be submit on request or have to be given to your student counsellor.

Documents in other languages must be translated into one of the aforementioned languages and legalized by a notary public in the country of origin.

If necessary school and university certificates and documents are required in certified form (Apostille), plus the following:

  • Passport photography (jpg or other file format)
  • A non-refundable application fee of €200
  • Application form Portfolio – dated and signed in original (available on our website or at the office of admissions)

Short Facts Overview

Master of Research (MRes)

5 mandatory Modules, 4 electives and the presentation of the Research Proposal (Viva). Part-time, on site study, web-based learning, blended learning combined with work-based study supported by systemic coaching or supervised by faculty and teaching staff

90 ECTS Credits

Begin of Study:
Throughout the year

Duration of Programme:
18 Month / 3 Semesters. Extension of study will be evaluated upon request

At accredited SSM Learning Centres

Completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or a postgraduate degree with significant professional expertise and practice in an organization.

The Master of Research (MRes) will expand your professional skills as well as practical experience in your company.

A higher level of education makes you essential as an employee and opens doors for new challenges and tasks. In addition, you consolidate your so-called market value, which usually entails better financial benefits.

Embedded in the realities of global business, the Master of Research (MRes) provides you knowledge, real-world skills, and business and management practice. It is also about your potential – it will develop your skills, enhance your career opportunities and expand your professional networks. Whether you are seeking promotion or looking for a new career direction, an MRes demonstrates that you are an aspiring employee who is prepared to invest in your career.

Getting a higher salary after graduation, holding a top management position or even becoming your own boss are just a few of the extra advantages of the Master of Research (MRes).

Tuition Fees

The overall tuition fees are Euros 14,900

The tuition fees can be paid in instalments. Broadly speaking, candidates are expected to pay in three main instalments as shown below:

Payment Plan:

Application fee € 200 – due immediately, non refundable
Enrollment fee € 4,600 – before starting the program
First Installment € 3,500 – after three months
Second Installment € 3,400 – after six months
Third Installment € 3,400 – after nine months
Total Tuition Fees: € 14,900

Learn more about our Refund Policy.

Application fee
€ 200 – due immediately, non refundable

Enrollment fee
€ 4,600 – before starting the program

First Installment
€ 3,500 – after three months

Second Installment
€ 3,400 – after six months

Third Installment
€ 3,400 – after six months

Total Tuition Fees:
€ 14,900

Application Procedures

Swiss School of Management
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