Business Research Project

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Dr. Mary Hogan introduces the Business Research Project.

Who This Programme Is For

Individuals who have successfully completed two IMI Diplomas and wish to take the final step on the pathway to earning an internationally recognised Master of Business degree.

Programme Impact

In contrast to traditional university research, the BRP is oriented entirely towards real life challenges. The project you undertake will result in practical recommendations that will help you and your organisation improve how you do business. Furthermore, the programme is carefully structured to provide you with practical support throughout from expert tutors who are experienced in working with professional managers.

What will I get out of doing the BRP?

The BRP will be a challenging, but immensely rewarding experience. By completing the BRP, you will earn a nationally accredited, internationally recognised Master of Business degree.

You will develop deep subject matter expertise in a business issue of critical importance to your organisation. You will develop practical, ready-to-implement recommendations to address a major real-life challenge that faces your organisation.

You will also enhance your analytical ability. You will develop practical business research techniques and hone a range of general problem solving skills.


  • Duration:
  • Location: IMI Campus
  • Next Programme: September 2015

 

 

IMI Member

      SME

Non-IMI Member

Programme Fee

€7,190

€7,490

€7,790

 

Email us today at programmeadvisors@imi.ie

Next programme start dates: September 2015

 

The Experience

The BRP is a nine month programme which gives you the opportunity to analyse and solve a major business issue facing you and your organisation. The BRP process combines classroom workshops in the IMI with one-to-one support from a dedicated IMI tutor and detailed investigation conducted by you.

The output of the process is a 15,000 word dissertation which presents the challenge that you face, an analysis of the most contemporary best-practice management ideas that relate to your challenge and a description of the research you undertook in order to develop an innovative set of recommendations to address the issue. By the end of the process, not only will you have earned your Master’s degree, but you’ll have developed an innovative and practical solution to your business challenge. You will also have enhanced your practical problem solving and decision making skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit to my company?

Your BRP research issue will, by its nature, be of critical interest to your organisation. BRP issues are typically complex business questions which require innovative solutions. Your organisation will directly benefit from the practical, best-practice driven recommendations which will be the output of your research.

Who chooses the topic of my BRP?

YOU. A key feature of the BRP is that it should involve a reallife, complex business issue that you are facing to which you need a practical solution. As part of the programme, you will take part in classes that will help refine and define your issues. Your personal tutor will also be a great help in getting to the heart of your topic. However, you are the key person in the process and you choose the topic.

How much time will I need to spend on the BRP on a weekly basis?

As a rough estimate, like an IMI Diploma we suggest that you should expect to spend up to twelve hours in an average week working on your BRP. However as with any project, there will be times when you need to put in more or less effort. There are also classroom based workshops over the nine month programme, which you will attend at the IMI.

I completed a thesis in college. Do I need to do the BRP?

Yes. If you completed a thesis in college, that was as part of a separate degree or masters programme. As you cannot get credit for the same piece of work twice, that thesis cannot contribute towards earning the Master of Business. You may find however that previous research you have done can inform and help you in undertaking the BRP.

What is the difference between the BRP and a traditional thesis?

Writing a traditional university thesis can often be a theoretical exercise that may have little to do with real life. The amount of support you get along the way can also vary widely. In contrast, the BRP is oriented entirely towards real life managers with real life business challenges. The project you undertake will result in practical recommendations that will help you and your organisation improve how you do business. Furthermore, the programme is carefully structured to provide you with practical support throughout from expert tutors who are experienced in working with professional managers.

How long does it take to complete the BRP?

The BRP process takes approximately nine months. The teaching programme typically starts in September and the final project is submitted in May. The 2013 programme will commence September 10th and the project will be submitted in May 2014.

What kind of commitment is required to complete the BRP?

Although the BRP is structured differently to an IMI Diploma, you can expect to put in a similar amount of work over the course of the programme. The major distinction is that you will be doing a different type of work – the BRP is much more self-directed. In other words you will spend less time in the classroom, more time online and in the IMI Knowledge Centre familiarising yourself with cutting edge tools and theories, and more time out in the real world researching and analysing your business challenge. The self-directed nature of the BRP takes time to adjust to and requires considerable self-discipline. The process still involves some classes at the IMI and is greatly supported by your tutor, whom you will meet on a one-to-one basis regularly throughout the programme.

What is the benefit to my company?

Your BRP research issue will, by its nature, be of critical interest to your organisation. BRP issues are typically complex business questions which require innovative solutions. Your organisation will directly benefit from the practical, best-practice driven recommendations which will be the output of your research.

Who chooses the topic of my BRP?

YOU. A key feature of the BRP is that it should involve a reallife, complex business issue that you are facing to which you need a practical solution. As part of the programme, you will take part in classes that will help refine and define your issues. Your personal tutor will also be a great help in getting to the heart of your topic. However, you are the key person in the process and you choose the topic.

How much time will I need to spend on the BRP on a weekly basis?

As a rough estimate, like an IMI Diploma we suggest that you should expect to spend up to twelve hours in an average week working on your BRP. However as with any project, there will be times when you need to put in more or less effort. There are also classroom based workshops over the nine month programme, which you will attend at the IMI.

I completed a thesis in college. Do I need to do the BRP?

Yes. If you completed a thesis in college, that was as part of a separate degree or masters programme. As you cannot get credit for the same piece of work twice, that thesis cannot contribute towards earning the Master of Business. You may find however that previous research you have done can inform and help you in undertaking the BRP.

What is the difference between the BRP and a traditional thesis?

Writing a traditional university thesis can often be a theoretical exercise that may have little to do with real life. The amount of support you get along the way can also vary widely. In contrast, the BRP is oriented entirely towards real life managers with real life business challenges. The project you undertake will result in practical recommendations that will help you and your organisation improve how you do business. Furthermore, the programme is carefully structured to provide you with practical support throughout from expert tutors who are experienced in working with professional managers.

How long does it take to complete the BRP?

The BRP process takes approximately nine months. The teaching programme typically starts in September and the final project is submitted in May. The 2013 programme will commence September 10th and the project will be submitted in May 2014.

What kind of commitment is required to complete the BRP?

Although the BRP is structured differently to an IMI Diploma, you can expect to put in a similar amount of work over the course of the programme. The major distinction is that you will be doing a different type of work – the BRP is much more self-directed. In other words you will spend less time in the classroom, more time online and in the IMI Knowledge Centre familiarising yourself with cutting edge tools and theories, and more time out in the real world researching and analysing your business challenge. The self-directed nature of the BRP takes time to adjust to and requires considerable self-discipline. The process still involves some classes at the IMI and is greatly supported by your tutor, whom you will meet on a one-to-one basis regularly throughout the programme.

What kind of help and support can I expect on the BRP?

The BRP programme includes class and workshop time at the IMI. In addition, from the start of the programme you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you in making progress throughout the nine months. All of our tutors are experienced in research and in coaching professional business people. The BRP Programme Director is always available to discuss issues with and provide support to participants. Finally, as with all IMI programmes, you will benefit from the invaluable support and advice of your class colleagues, as they progress through the BRP process with you.

What role will my personal tutor play?

At the outset of the BRP process, you will be paired with an IMI personal tutor. This individual is an experienced business research expert who will be a key support for you throughout your BRP journey. They will meet with you regularly throughout the programme on a one-to-one basis, review and provide feedback on your work, advise you on presentation and writing style, and support you in making key research and planning decisions. At the end of the programme they will be involved in the assessment and grading of your project.

How is my personal tutor chosen?

Your personal tutor will be allocated by the BRP Programme Director at the start of the Programme. A number of factors will be considered when making the allocation to ensure you receive the best support possible throughout the process. Your tutor will not necessarily be a subject matter expert in your precise topic; rather their role is to provide you with ongoing process support and general feedback. YOU will become the subject matter expert early in the BRP process.

Can I do a third IMI Diploma instead of the BRP to earn the MoB?

No. The BRP is the integrating capstone of the MoB programme. You can certainly do a third IMI Diploma should you so wish, but you cannot achieve the Master of Business award without completing the BRP.

Are there any BRP entry requirements?

To undertake the BRP, you will typically have successfully completed two accredited IMI Diplomas within the past four years achieving at least a 2.1 in both, or otherwise satisfy entry requirements. It is possible, however, in some circumstances to undertake the BRP if you have completed one IMI Diploma over the past four years, and earned 30 level nine credits from another academic institution. These must be recognised by the IMI via our “Recognition of Prior Learning” process. To learn more about recognition of prior learning, contact registrarsoffice@imi.ie.

Do I need to start the BRP as soon as I have completed my 2nd IMI Diploma?

No. You must start the BRP within five years from the date at which you started your first IMI Diploma. Therefore there is scope to take some time off between the various MoB steps.

How is my overall MoB result determined?

Your Master of Business result will be decided based on an arithmetic average of the final grades of your two IMI Diplomas and your BRP grade. Each of these elements is weighted equally when calculating your MoB result. This result will be confirmed by the IMI Exam Board following your successful completion of the BRP.

Participant Testimonials

“The personal challenge which the programme delivers is immense. The IMI staff involved in the programme from director to administrator have been so supportive and inspiring
Kathy Ward, Managing Director, Convenience Advertising

“It’s an excellent program, well administered and practical. You can apply what you’ve learned
Peter van de Beek, Logistics Manager, Transitions Optical

“Excellent programme, very practical and business focused
Anthony Geoghegan, Operations Manager, United Drug

“It gives and reaches a very good discipline in relation to how to research a topic, how to gather quality data and present the material in a logical fashion.”
Liam Griffin, Manager, Eirgrid

“It’s been a fantastic experience and one that I would highly recommend.”
Shay Clancy, Director, Ascend

Payment Options

For 2014, the IMI offers promotional rates and innovative payment options that make our programmes more accessible than ever.

IMI prices are inclusive of teaching materials, meals and parking at the IMI Campus. These prices are only guaranteed for the 2013 intake of the BRP. We offer all our BRP participants a 10% discount on double rooms at the IMI National Management Centre.

Organisations that purchase several IMI Diploma or BRP places in any calendar year may be eligible for MoB Corporate Partnership. By becoming an MoB Corporate Partner, your organisation can avail of considerable additional price discounts and other benefits. For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership, contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email programmeadvisors@imi.ie.

Monthly Payments

Pay for your IMI BRP by monthly payments spread over the duration of the programme. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

IMI Staged Payments

Pay for 60% of your course in advance of its commencement and pay the 40% balance by January 13th 2014. There is no interest charged for choosing this payment option. Terms and conditions apply.

Loan Packages

Short term loan packages are now available to facilitate payment for MoB programmes. Eligibility for these loans will be determined by our financial partner.

Tax Relief on Tuition Fees

If you are paying for your tuition fees yourself, it is now possible to apply to the Revenue Commissioners for tax relief for this IMI programme. The amount of relief available varies from person to person, and may be as high as €1,400. Tax relief is allowable per programme, per participant, per academic year. Relief will not be available for any part of tuition fees which are met directly, or indirectly, by grants, scholarships, employer payments etc. Please see www.revenue.ie for further information on how to apply for this relief. All decisions on individual tax relief requests are subject to the discretion of the Revenue Commissioners.

For more information on IMI pricing, financing options and MoB Corporate Partnership
contact the team at 1800 22 33 88 or email programmeadvisors@imi.ie.

Just 3 Steps to a Master of Business

The Master of Business is based around a framework of eleven IMI Diploma Programmes.

By completing any two IMI Diplomas and a Business Research Project within a five year timeframe, you will earn 90 credits (the national standard for a Masters Qualification) and will be conferred the title ‘Master of Business’. The Master of Business and its constituent IMI Diplomas are accredited and awarded by University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork.

Master of Business Degree diagram

How does it work?

  • Step 1: Successfully complete any one of the suite of eleven IMI Diploma programmes.
  • Step 2: Successfully complete a second IMI Diploma of your choosing.*
  • Step 3: Successfully complete the IMI Business Research Project.

…And you’re there!

Timeframe

A key feature of the Master of Business (MoB) is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the three MoB steps takes approximately six months to complete, you have a five year window within which to complete all three steps and attain the MoB.

Therefore, depending on your preference, you can complete the MoB in two years, or within up to five years.

The MoB philosophy

Unlike traditional MBAs and Business Masters, the IMI’s MoB is driven by an intensely practical, action learning philosophy. Throughout the MoB, classroom learning is applied to real-life business challenges via exercises, group work, case studies and projects that centre on both your day-to-day work and the challenges currently facing your organisation. Both you and your organisation will derive genuine real-world benefit from your participation.

Who is eligible?

If you have earned a Level 9 award from another academic institution, or if you completed an IMI Diploma since October 2008, you may be considered eligible to proceed directly to the second stage of the MoB.

To clarify your status or to find out more contact programmeadvisors@imi.ie or ring 1800 22 33 88.

To undertake the BRP, you will typically have successfully completed two accredited IMI Diplomas within the past four years. It is however possible in some circumstances to undertake the BRP if you have completed one IMI Diploma over the past four years, and earned 30 level nine credits from another academic institution. These must be recognised by the IMI via our “Recognition of Prior Learning” process. To learn more about recognition of prior learning, contact edel.byrne@imi.ie.

How do I apply?

Once you have expressed your interest in applying for the BRP, you will be invited to have a conversation with the Programme Co-ordinator and subsequently discuss your topic area with the Programme Director. After which payment arrangements will be put in place and you will be formally accepted to the programme. You will then gain access to the BRPs dedicated participant website containing programme information and recommended readings to start you on your journey.

If you wish to discuss the programme in detail, please contact: programmeadvisors@imi.ie or freefone: 1800 22 33 88

By completing the BRP, you will earn a nationally accredited, internationally recognised Master of Business Qualification. Your qualification will be awarded by University College Cork.

Email us today at programmeadvisors@imi.ie

Next programme start dates: September 2015

 

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