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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Science, Technology & Innovation Policy programme

PLEASE NOTE the information contained on these pages refers to 2017/18 academic year.  The Research and Training Programme is currently being updated and course outlines, RTP requirements and and the new timetable will be published shortly.

If you have any queries in this regard, please contact the AMBS RTP Administrator at 

Research Training Programme (RTP)

During the first year as a Doctoral student on the Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Programme (STIP) at Alliance Manchester Business School, you are required to complete advanced supervised research and structured training in research methods and skills.  Please refer to the Overview of the programme below. 

Overview of STIP Programme

Core Course Outlines

Year 1 Students

Advanced Topics in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

Advanced Methods in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

Research Process

Research Process 2: Science, Technology & Innovation Studies

Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

If you wish to take any other core units for audit purposes, these are listed below. 

Critical Perspectives on International Business


Critical Research Methods

The Craft of Fieldwork: Method, Text and Writing

Qualitative Research Methods in Practice

Course outlines for above units can be found on our Business & Management pathway here Course Outlines 2016-17 which also includes all of our elective units course outlines that are listed below.

Year 2 Students

Research Policy in Science, Technology & Innovation Policy


1. Action Research (not running in 2017/18)

2. Advanced Survey Design

3. Bibliometrics,Altmetrics and the Measurement of Science and its Institutions

4. Case Study Research

5. Comparative Case Study Analysis

6. Critical Thinking for Scientific Research

7.Elite Interviewing with Senior Managers (cancelled not running in 2017/18)

8. Introduction to Qualitative Analysis with NViVO

9. Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo


11.Mixed Methods

12.Multi-level Modelling

13. Social Network Analysis

14. Structural Equation Modelling

15. Qualitative Research Methods in Practice

16 .Problem Solving Design and Evaluation (not running in 2017/18)

17. Social Shaping of Technology (not running in 2017/18)

18.Scenario Methods in Research (not running in 2017/18)

19. Reviewing and Evaluating Manuscripts (not running in 2017/18)

20. Actor Network Theory (not running in 2017/18)

To enrol onto the Research Training Units, please complete the Course Unit Selection Form (STIP only) and return to the Doctoral Programmes Office ( by 28th September 2017.  

The full RTP Timetable and Assessment Deadlines can be found here:

STIP RTP Timetable 2017-18 (as at 01.03.2018)

When making your course unit selections

Please ensure you complete the Course Unit Selection Form and forward it to Sandra Bundy-Palmer at 


Please refer to your timetable regularly in case of changes (e.g. venue/dates) occur.

Assessment Deadlines 2017-18 (as at 08.02.18)


For Any RTP related queries

For any queries on the Research Training Programme; please contact Sandra Bundy-Palmer in the Doctoral Programme office at