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We offer five Master's programmes by Research in English, all leading to the Master of Science degree conferred by our British partner, The University of Buckingham.

The Master's programmes by Research do not offer systematic instruction; instead, the emphasis is on independent research and one-to-one supervision. During the programme there is a close working relationship between student and supervisor. While the final thesis must be an independent work, it is the supervisor who offers advice on refining the topic (if necessary), on primary sources, on secondary reading, on research techniques and on writing the final text (which should be not more than 40,000 words). The supervisor shall always be the student’s primary contact for academic advice and support.

Preference areas of the research thesis:

  • General management
  • Marketing
  • Finance, corporate banking, monetary policy
  • Development studies
  • Regional development
  • International Affairs, with particular regard to European and transatlantic affairs and CIS countries
  • History of Arts and Visual Culture

Entry requirements

  • first or second class, upper division Master's degree. Please email your detailed research plan and one academic referee’s report soon after your online application to

  • sufficient English skills and academic knowledge that the IBS Research Officer checks with an Orientation Interview via Skype. The interview is followed by the IBS English language test (you can be exempt from the test with a sufficient score of IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson),

  • If student is accepted by the Research Programmes Council, student will proceed with payment transfer of the first year’s fee and start the visa application if required.

Guide to Writing Your Research Proposal

Academic referee's report

MSc in Brand Management by Research

MSc in Development Economics by Research

MSc in Financial Consulting by Research

MA in Art History by Research

MA in International Affairs and Diplomacy by Research