This module offers students profound insights into empirical research with a particular focus on business research. Sound methods of gathering data, their empirical evaluation and assessment by research scrutiny deliver a sound design and structure. In addition, Research Methods introduces to research strategies and acknowledged methods constituting what makes reliable and valid studies. This module will further guide students towards a sound design of their thesis. Students will have to develop a planning and prepare their thesis by reflection on advantages and disadvantages of particular research strategies, analyse the requirements involved in the research process, and demonstrate their understanding of empirically valid and reliable research, which is presented in the thesis research proposal (practice-oriented, applied research) with tutors’ support.