Business and Management Studies (MA by Research) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a two year (part-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 degrees are also ideal for individuals who are in industrial or commercial employment and who wish to undertake Research and Development on a part-time basis to solve problems or develop enhancements for their work purposes.

In such cases it is generally possible to construct a Master's by Research project whereby the candidate works closely with one or more members of University staff who provide the specialist knowledge and supervisory input, whilst enabling the candidate to access the vast equipment and information resources of the University.

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 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).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team who will advise and support you on your project.


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 part time MA by Research is 24 months with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring.You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

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 MA 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
Contributing to the understanding and theorisation of social capital, with an interest in how social capital develops between ‘illegal’, ‘unproductive’ or ‘destructive’ entrepreneurs, and their target customers/ consumers.
Outline

I am interested in numerous contexts that explore the evolution and development of social capital. However, I am particularly interested to hear from students who wish to explore illegal entrepreneurship and the development of social capital. What kind of activities do these types of entrepreneurs engage in? How are they able to service their customers, and why do customers chose to engage with one illegal enterprise over another? How do illegal entrepreneurs establish relationships with their customers and develop supply chains? How is it possible to trust and cooperate with an entrepreneur who chooses to engage in unethical or immoral activities, when they arguably represent everything that is untrustworthy and deceitful. I would also encourage students to contact me who are interested in researching illegal entrepreneurship from multiple other perspectives.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

  • Claudia Bordogna
How to apply
Cruise ship operations and development
Outline

An under-researched and secretive industry is that of the cruise ship industry. I am particularly interested within the working operations of the cruise ship industry (labour turnover, culture, managing labour, satisfaction, etc.) but I also have a keen interest on customer operations and the development of the cruise ship sector (i.e. the future growth in Asia).

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

How to apply
Strategic management and sustainability: Strategic value creation in cross-sector collaboration
Outline

We encounter complex socioeconomic problems (e.g., healthcare improvement and sustainable development) that surpass the capacity of government, business, and nonprofit sectors to tackle separately. Accordingly, cross-sector collaboration (CSC) has grown in popularity, as organizations can combine their capacities to generate bigger impact. However, scholars notice recently that the typical normative view into how CSC can co-create value (i.e., by combing resource to achieve collective objective) is not sufficient, because it bypasses the heterogeneity of individual organizations’ interests (i.e., how partners can capture value for themself). This oversight can create serous tensions that can lead eventually to undermine the collaboration. The current study, therefore will investigate this issue, focusing on the friction between value co-creation and value capture in CSC.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

  • Dr Omar Al-Tabbaa
How to apply
Strategy and competitive advantage: Start-up businesses - Survival through innovation
Outline

Newly established small business, or start-up businesses (SUBs), are pivotal for economic growth, as in five years they will become a small or medium size enterprise (SME). However, research shows that SUBs are fragile and suffer from high failure rate (sometimes 75%). Given its proven effect on performance, innovation emerged as an influential approach for SUBs to thrive in current hypercompetitive markets. Yet, the relationship between innovation and SUBs performance is still unclear. The study will address this issue by disassembling innovation concept to its fine-grain attributes, and examine their effect on performance. Untimely, the study findings will help SUBs to refine their competitive strategy.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

  • Dr Omar Al-Tabbaa
How to apply
Strategy and innovation: Radical innovation and strategic alliance
Outline

Currently, alliances are becoming an important mechanism to boost firms’ innovation activity. Through collaborating with different partners, a firm can get access to technology and experience necessary for its innovativeness, which cannot be obtained through market transactions. However, such alliances are difficult to execute. Accordingly, scholars suggest a unique set of capabilities (named alliance management capabilities), which comprises different skills, that organizations need to establish and effectively manage their alliances. In this study, we examine the dynamic of these capabilities in radical innovation (i.e., technological breakthrough) setting, and how they evolve overtime, which is largely missed in literature.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

  • Dr Omar Al-Tabbaa
How to apply
The 21st Century Hospitality / Tourism worker
Outline

This is a broad topic area, but an area with a wealth of research opportunity. My previous / current research explores the occupational identities of individuals in such work (with a particular focus of hospitality cruise ship employees). Hospitality / Tourism job roles are often stigmatised and underappreciated, yet the tourism economy is reliant on this labour to encourage consumer satisfaction and repeat visitation. I am interested in the strategies that individuals undertake to negotiate this stigma.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

How to apply
The Internationalisation of Higher education: strategies and opportunities
Outline

Internationalisation is a critical component in today’s higher education scene, with a range of strategies in operation from student recruitment, overseas partnerships, curricula adaptations and international faculty employment (Knight, 2004). The way in which higher education institutions manage and monitor these strategies is of critical importance to the revenue, reputation and ranking of the institution. I am interested in hearing from candidates who have an interest in exploring the effects of internationalisation on higher education with a particular interest in the management of international strategies.

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

  • Claudia Bordogna
How to apply
Tourism spaces
Outline

The interest of this niche topic area lies within the interactions and influence that tourism spaces have on individuals (either consumers or workers). Tourism space is interpreted as the physical, social, or cultural space that tourism takes place. My previous research has given the opportunity to explore the impact of the physical and social (for example cruise ships) and also the cultural (for example tourism development in China).

Eligibility

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

Funding

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

Deadline

Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below:

http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/

How to apply

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across a number of business and management subjects, including accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, managementand organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics.

Business and Management covers a broad range of subject areas across four departments:

•  Accountancy and Finance

•  Logistics, Operations and Hospitality Management

•  People, Management and Organisations

•  Strategy, Marketing and Economics

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts' which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. 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.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

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.

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.

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, managementand organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics topics.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research skills training

The Business School offers formal research training to its PGR students in the form of PG Certificate in Research Methods. Masters by research students can attend research methods topics delivered on the course in order to improve their research knowledge and skills, but will not be expected to partake in the formal assessments that lead to the award of a PG Certificate in Research Methods.

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. 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.


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