Applied Health Sciences (MSc by Research) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A Master's by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.

Research Master's students choose a specific project to work on and have a greater degree of independence in their work than is the case with a taught Master's course.

You'll be expected to work to an approved programme which you will develop in conjunction with your supervisor within the first few months of starting your studies. Whilst undertaking the research project you will also have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses and events.

At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD).


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

Duration:

The maximum duration for a full time MSc by Research is 12 months with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MSc by Research is an upper second honours degree (2.1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
Can ankle strength be predicted in specific populations?
Outline

Equations exist that can predict ankle strength in a healthy adult population but these have not been tested in for example older populations, specific sporting populations, in diabetic or CP patients. Exploration of some of these areas could be beneficial for rehabilitation and prevention of injury.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Changing communities
Outline

As a result of the distinct socio-economic changes that UK society has faced over recent years, specific community health development approaches to curricula delivery are required to ensure the provision of effective methods and approaches to health improvement. I would welcome proposals that explore this dynamic aspect of society and communities therein.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Childhood obesity
Outline

How and why are children obese and what can be done to prevent/manage obesity?

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Clinical placement capacity
Outline

Support of clinical practice colleagues to maximise the availability of clinical practice placements, the effectiveness of student mentorship and the increase of student involvement.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Dementia and quality of life
Outline

The National Dementia Strategy has a strong focus on ensuring that people living with dementia, live well. What this means is not clearly defined. Proposals that examine what living well and what adds quality of life to people with dementia and their families are welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Determinants of ankle muscle strength
Outline

Ankle muscle strength is an important factor in mobility, predicting injury and athletic performance and is also associated with increased risk of falls. A greater understanding of the determinants of ankle muscle strength would benefit all of these areas.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Disability, citizenship, sexuality
Outline

Intersections between disability, citizenship and sexuality

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Evidence-based practice
Outline

The use of evidence, in all its forms, in healthcare practice; the part evidence plays in clinical reasoning and knowledge; practitioners’ beliefs about evidence and the strength of different forms of evidence; factors that influence these beliefs.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exercise and behaviour change
Outline

How do we increase physical activity levels?

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exercise and long-term conditions
Outline

The influence of exercise on long term conditions

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exercise and mental health
Outline

What are the mental health effects of exercise and how are they perceived by the individual?

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exploration of the impact of chronic wound on a person's quality of life leading to the development of a specific Quality of Life (QoL) Tool
Outline

The research will investigate the impact of chronic wounds on a person's quality of life using qualitative methodology. Analysis will identify any themes that are specific to this patient group. This will allow for a specific QoL tool to be devised, tested and validated.

Eligibility

First class honours degree or Masters from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

How to apply
Exploring the role of health coaching and its impact within health professional practice.
Outline

Coaching is a recognised process that facilitates the exploration of needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes to assist the individual in making real, lasting change. Coaching skills include the development of empathy, questioning techniques, observation and listening skills. These skills, once learned, have a wide range of applications and may be of particular benefit in releasing a person’s potential to maximise their own health by raising awareness and increasing personal responsibility. The links between coaching and facilitating learning, by raising awareness of personal responsibility are also strong. A potential study would explore the role of coaching skills in health care professional practice. Evaluation of impact would be extremely valuable.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exploring young peoples’ understanding of mental health and suggestions for early interventions for young people experiencing mental health issues
Outline

Guidance for the treatment of depression in young people recommended that qualitative research examined the experiences in the care pathway of children and young people and their families (and perhaps professionals) in order to inform decisions about what the most appropriate care pathway should be (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2005). The research is likely therefore to use a qualitative method. The focus could be on a particular group of people or type of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Familial impact of imprisonment
Outline

To examine the ways in which prison impacts upon family. Proposals examining the ways long-term imprisonment impacts upon family members, in particular adult siblings would be welcome. Narratives written or verbal.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Finding oneself again
Outline

Restoring occupational balance after caring responsibilities have ended thorough bereavement.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Foot drop, orthotics and gait analysis
Outline

Quantitative or review-based studies in areas of gait analysis, focused around neurological patients.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Boxercise
Outline

Studies suggest that a major reason people cite not participating in routine exercise is a perceived lack of time. The popularity of short HIIT training protocols has been on the rise in recent years, and there is evidence to suggest that greater health/fitness adaptation can be gained from this form of training as opposed to traditional endurance exercise. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Impact of long term conditions’ complications on quality of life (diabetes)
Outline

More specifically around the complications of diabetes, exploring impact upon quality of life. Looking at the impact this has upon care and management decision making.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Improving substance use and mental health treatment
Outline

People who use mental health services often have co-occurring substance use problems. However, mental health staff are not necessarily equipped to be able to manage this. This has lead to issues around clinical safety (management of intoxication; overdose) as well as other issues such as violence, exacerbation of mental health issues.
Studies could examine lived experience of substance use in mental health care; staff responses to substance use (therapeutic v punitive); staff attitudes to substance use; development of interventions to improve safety and decision-making in mental health nursing. However, this list is not meant to be restrictive.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Laser use in fungal treatment of nails
Outline

I have just started a PhD - An investigation to assess the efficacy of laser therapy in the treatment of Onychomycosis.

This study will look at the variables for optimising treatment outcomes and seek to understand how laser therapy may be applied to treat fungal nail infestation.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Learning anatomy and physiology
Outline

Exploring how to make learning anatomy and physiology fun! For example, by creating animations of body structures for use in lectures and by the students as a reusable learning aid, then later to add them together to create a human body game.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Life-long learning
Outline

Distinct changes to education policy have had a significant influence upon learning opportunities. I would welcome proposals that explore the impact of policy on learning opportunities and the needs and impact of learners in Higher Education and of professional groups such as dental professionals and other health and social care groups.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Manual therapy and sports rehabilitation and simulation
Outline

I am currently in the process of completing my PhD and would welcome research supervision opportunities by Master’s degree applications in the areas of manual therapy and sports rehabilitation and simulation.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

(No supervisors found for this project)

How to apply
Mentoring and coaching
Outline

There is widespread agreement that mentoring is associated with a wide range of positive outcomes for mentees and protégés. The study of mentoring and its prevalence in community, institutional and organisational contexts is widespread; research has mainly progressed within disciplinary and professional silos. I would welcome cross-disciplinary proposals in this field and proposals that are concerned with measuring impact, especially with professional groups.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Pedagogies for professional practice
Outline

Professional practice, either as a health and social care practitioner, teacher, trainer or manager, requires certain ways of thinking and being. Professional practice requires confidence and competence in a changing world, the ability to challenge old ways of doing things, to problem solve, to work collaboratively and to lead change. This study would aim to explore the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of the curriculum designers and educators of a range of programmes leading to professional qualifications (ie to be registered with a professional body). Impact on the student’s preparedness for professionalism as outlined above would be evaluated. The role of technology in the learning process may or may not be included.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Pedagogy in society
Outline

Self-determined learning, or Heautogogy is an emerging pedagogy in response to the distinct socio-economic changes that UK society has faced in recent years. I would welcome proposals that explore approaches to curricula delivery within society today.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Perception of concussion amongst recreational youth athletes
Outline

Concussion is currently a hot topic within the world of professional contact sports such as rugby and American football. Whilst the awareness of the dangers of concussion is improving within the professional circuit, it is unclear if amateur athletes are aware of such risks. Additionally, do athletes who are taking part in sports which may not be as clearly physical as rugby and American football, understand that concussion is still a potential risk when participating in their sport? Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Posthumous Assisted Reproductive Technology (PART)
Outline

To investigate the psychosocial aspects of PART. To identify the legal and ethical issues relating to PART.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Recording dietary intake when working in the field
Outline

Traditional methods of collecting dietary intake data, such as the 7-day food diary, can place a high responsibility and time burden on the participant and the researcher alike. When working with a sports team a nutritionist/dietician will likely work part-time (1-2 days a week), and will be expected to work with large numbers of athletes. Therefore it is important for them to be able to collect and analyse data quickly and efficiently. What methods do nutritionists/dieticians use when working within team sport environments? Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Statistical analysis of complex health-related data
Outline

The project should involve a novel application of advanced statistical analysis applied to a large and/or complex data set from an experimental or observational health or biomedical study. Data collection need not form part of the project if an appropriate data set may be identified.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The effect of ergogenic aids on exercise performance and recovery
Outline

This is a very general topic area covering a number of potential avenues of research. The term ergogenic aids could refer to nutritional interventions that enhance recovery following exercise, or improve exercise tolerance and performance. The term could also refer to interventions such as the use of cold water immersion or warm-up strategies to accelerate recovery or augment subsequent performance. The precise exercise stimuli can be varied, with all sports considered.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The effect of one-dose of Montgomery Cherry Juice
Outline

The Montgomery cherry has received increased interest within recent literature for its potential as a nutritional recovery supplement following a bout of muscle damaging exercise. Generally these studies have investigated these potential effects within a lab setting and have loaded participants in the day(s) prior to the testing in addition to providing them with the supplement post-exercise. In real world settings, such as elite sport, a load prior to exercise may not be practical, and the supplement may only be taken post-game. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The effect of shoe type on foot pressure distribution
Outline

Running shoes vary in style shape and support which by definition will redistribute pressure in the foot. How does the pressure differ in different types of running shoes and how does this compare to normal shoes?

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The effect of touch rugby on health
Outline

Touch rugby is an emerging sport, with both male and female participants. The aim of the study would be to examine the potential benefits it has on health in a variety of populations and the reasons of participation over more traditional sports/workouts i.e. going for a run. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Use of care bundles in England to prevent surgical site infection (SSI): prospective evaluation of an agreed bundle and compliance with it
Outline

Surgical site infection (SSI) continues to be a common and expensive complication of health care worldwide. In some countries the prevalence of MRSA bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infections have fallen, following implementation of national guidelines, targets and root cause analysis. However, the corresponding incidence of SSIs has not fallen, and there are issues with varying definitions, comprehensiveness of surveillance and lack of compliance with evidence-based recommendations. This project will address these issues in two phases over a three-year period:
Phase 1 will consist of a questionnaire study to establish locally recorded incidence of SSI after elective femoro-popliteal bypass surgery, cancer colorectal surgery, hip and knee prosthetic surgery and Caesarean section by infection prevention and control teams in acute NHS Trusts in England. Definitions of SSI, and which care bundles and surveillance methods are being used will also be determined. An optimised care bundle and method of surveillance will be identified for use in Phase 2.

Phase 2 will be conducted in a single or multiple NHS Trusts, comprising a prospective observational study of patients undergoing specified groups of surgery undertaken over two consecutive 6-month periods. This will compare and evaluate SSI incidence and compliance with both the initial care bundle and the agreed care bundle; applying the results from Phase 1, including individual elements of the care bundles and in totality.

Eligibility

First class honours degree or Masters from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

How to apply
What is the relationship between fruit juice and DOMS?
Outline

Much research has been performed investigating various juices and DOMS with varying results. Some of this may be due to variations in protocols used and as such the production of a valid, standardised protocol would be beneficial to future research.

Eligibility

First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply

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International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy. Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research programme

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop within the first few months of commencement of study, in conjunction with your supervisor. Whilst undertaking the research project, under the supervision of the supervisor, will also develop your research skills.

At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words and this will then be examined.

On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree and if you have enjoyed this taste of research you may then decide to apply for the full research doctoral degree (PhD). Research supervision (PGR).

Research skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It's important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

Research supervision

Your main supervisor will normally head a supervisory team which will comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.


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