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MRS Advanced Certificate in Market & Social Research Practice

Where can I study? MRS  accredits a variety of different training providers to offer courses leading to the MRS Advanced Certificate.


You can learn the principles and techniques which underpin effective research, as well as the theories of industry best practice via a variety of routes of study.

Please click on the sections below for the different types of providers and then the individual logos for each company's website.

Distance Learning Programme

Face to Face or Distance learning with full tutor support, live webinars and an interactive online learning environment


Telephone: +44 20 3130 1431

Part Time Face to Face Course

Evening and Saturday classes in London.



0800 024 8095 or 020 3176 0572


Evening classes in Central London with access to online resources


Telephone:+44 20 3130 1431

Courses in Singapore
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Employer Accredited Training

These leading global organisations are accredited by MRS to offer the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market & Social Research Practice within their graduate training, learning and development programmes.

Please click on the logos for each company's website 


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If you want to show your clients that your employees have the skills and knowledge to meet new challenges contact for details on how your company can become an accredited centre.

Under Graduate/Post Graduate Degree Courses

Seven universities currently offer the qualification as part of either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme. They are Aston University - Business School, Bournemouth University - Business School, Cranfield University School of Management, Nottingham Trent University, Business School, Plymouth University, University of Central Lancashire and University of Northampton.

MSc in Strategic Marketing


BA (Hons) Marketing - 2016 Entry

Centre Contact

When you enter for the MRS Advanced Certificate your relationship is with the accredited centre and not with MRS. All MRS accredited centres are required to demonstrate that they meet rigorous standards in their administration and delivery of courses leading to MRS qualifications. However, accredited centres are not directly controlled by MRS and we do not accept liability for any actions or omissions on their part.

MRS cannot contact accredited centres on the behalf of applicants. All enquiries about courses, including fees, enrolment and course commencement dates should be directed to the accredited centre.

How to accredit your Programme

For further information on accreditation for the MRS Advanced Certificate in Market & Social Research Practice, please click here.

Direct Registration - Self Study

If you are already experienced in market research you can opt for a Direct Registration route. Direct Registration candidates enter directly for assessment without following an accredited course.

All candidates who register for assessment for the MRS Advanced Certificate, who are not already an MRS Member, are required to join MRS please follow this link. This ensures that candidates have direct access to information and are bound by the MRS Code of Conduct. 

In order to register candidates must complete and submit together, both the MRS Membership Application Form (if applicable) and the Direct Registration Form to the Professional Development Co-ordinator at MRS.

All candidates who enter directly for assessment are required to complete the two components of assessment of the MRS Advanced Certificate, the examination and the Integrated Assignment.

On receipt of your registration for Direct Assessment and your completed MRS Membership application form (if applicable) you will receive an email from MRS:

  • Confirming your registration for assessment
  • Confirming the time, date and location of examination you are registered for
  • Links to MRS Code of Conduct, Resources for Candidates and IA Coversheet.

Your exam confirmation will be sent to you via first-class post 2–3 weeks before your allocated examination date.

Resit/Re-submission Form

Direct Registration Fees

June 2017 and January 2018 assessment rounds:

Direct Registration Fee £474.00 + £94.80 VAT = £568.80

(Includes examination registration and integrated assignment assessment)

Examination Resit £180.00 + £36.00 VAT = £216.00

Examination Deferral £112.00 + £22.40 VAT = £134.40

IA Deferral £112.00 + £22.40 VAT = £134.40

Resub of Integrated Assignment £180.00 + £36.00 VAT = £216.00

Membership Fees 2017

Annual Subscription Fee:

£75.00 for first year only (no joining fee).

Overseas Despatch Fee

An additional fee is payable to MRS by candidates for assessment outside of the UK. This fee covers MRS administration and examination materials despatch costs. Candidates who wish to sit the exam in their country of residence are responsible for making the British Council venue arrangements and for payment of the associated costs i.e. venue hire, invigilation, return postage & packaging etc.

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