MRS offers a range of flexible online training courses enabling individuals to learn at their own pace. These courses can be taken individually, or as part of a bespoke or blended solution.

Foundation Course in Market Research

Designed for those new to or with little experience of market research, the online Foundation Course in Market Research provides a clear understanding of how to design and plan effective research projects. 

This is an invaluable online course for support staff, those commissioning research for the first time, new entrants, undergraduate/postgraduate students, field workers and those looking to better understand the market. It can also lead to an MRS qualification - the MRS Certificate in Market Research.

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Statistics for Research

If you want to thrive as a market researcher, particularly in the age of big data, your statistical skills need to be up to scratch. We’ve teamed up with leading independent publisher Kogan Page to create Statistics for Research, a new interactive training course that is conducted solely online.

Perfect as a refresher, or as an introduction for those new to working with statistics, the course uses a uses a combination of video content and collaborative activities to explain critical techniques like sampling, weighting and dispersion. 
More information on Statistics for Research

Business Skills

MRS delivers a wide range of online business skills training contextualised for the research sector. These essentials courses can be studied in learners’ own time and include the titles listed.

  • Advancing the Sales
  • Coaching Skills
  • Conversations with Clients
  • Health and Safety
  • Leadership Skills
  • Managing Within the Team
  • Managing High-Performing Teams
  • Managing Relationships
  • Managing Workload
  • Market Analysis
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Networking Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Social Media for Professionals
  • Writing a Business Plan

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How does online training work?

MRS online training comprises an area for the user, the Personal Profile and two inter-linked areas: a Learning Centre and a Resource Centre.

See below for details of a FREE trial for Business Skills Courses

Personal Profile

  • The programme generates a personal profile where the learners decide what they want to focus on during their training; and by completing a series of questions their preferred learning style is established.

Learning Centre

  • The training takes place in the Learning Centre where most time will be spent.
  • The syllabus comprises four sections with each section containing different modules.
  • There is no fixed order for the course material – it’s up to the learners how they tackle the sections.
  • The Learning Centre acts as a tutor, guiding and advising on progress.
  • The Learning Centre facilitates a variety of learning styles, encouraging learners to define how they want to learn.
  • The Learning Centre is interactive, enabling learners to drill down for greater depth of information where needed.

Resource Centre

  • The Resource Centre complements learning by giving an added layer of resource.
  • It acts as a library with useful links and checklists and ensures the learners make the most of the Internet during the training.

Foundation Course in Market Research and Questionnaire Design: Registrants must log onto the course within 14 days of receipt of their access key and complete the course within 120 days. The average length of time to complete the course is around 30 hours.

Business Skills: Registrants must log onto the course within 14 days of receipt of their access key and complete the course within 60 days. The average length of time to complete the course is 3-4 hours.


Alternatively, you can 'try before you buy' with this FREE module from one of our Business Skills topics which will give you a good idea of how it works. Just follow this link:

Contact us

If you require further information or assistance registering a place on a course contact:

Foundation Course: Mel Coghlan,, or telephone +44 (0)20 7566 1805

All other online courses:  Lauren Taylor,, or telephone +44 (0)20 7566 1873

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