Education (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 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 masters course.

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).

You will be appointed a main supervisor 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 Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent 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
A critical analysis of the origins and development of vocational education and training and their contribution to the twenty-first century British economy.
Outline

The project, which would be defined in detail via an outline paper and in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the history and development vocational education and training and their contribution to skills needs for the economy.

It is envisaged that the project would be broadly sociological and / or educational in nature and the findings would contribute to policy debates relating to present-day needs for the twenty-first century British.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants for MA by research would normally be expected to have a 2i degree in a relevant discipline; PhD applicants would normally be expected to hold a masters’ degree in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Academic professional development, change and the impact of technology
Outline

This area focuses on academic staff development and their response to change. The interrelation between the institutional context and the individual, considering notions of performativity and the policy context are all areas that may be of interest.

In terms of technological change, academic staff are often required to adapt and adopt their practices to incorporate new technological tools. Examples include electronic marking, social media tools, VLEs, mobile devices. The response of academic staff to these changes vary hugely from the willing early adopters to those who actively resistant.

Theoretical perspectives which may inform this area pf work are notions of liminality (Clegg et al. 2006) and concepts of professional identity (Stronach et al. 2002).

Possible research questions:

How do academic staff engage with and resist technological tools for teaching and learning? A narrative study of practitioners exploring their changing roles, identities and practices.

How does an institution support staff in this process and recognise the emotional work that is involved in being at the vanguard of technological change? A case study approach.

What are different strategies that institutions take to promote uptake of technological tools and how do they vary as a result of organisational culture and different in relation to the characteristics of staff? This could be an ethnographic study of organisational culture and its impact on technology adoption.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Adult literacy and numeracy: policy, practice and pedagogy
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: the impact of international, national and local policies on pedagogy and practice; effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies; the overall impact of programmes on the participants’ identities.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Aspects relating to secondary education, both curriculum studies and pedagogy with particular reference to Science Education.
Outline

Aspects of research relating to secondary education, both curriculum studies and pedagogy. Particularly with reference to Science Education.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Blended Learning for Adult Learners
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would explore effective blended learning for adult learners undertaking vocationally relevant, part-time, higher education, study.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Corruption in Education
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine – in particular- the interaction between institutions and individuals from minoritised backgrounds in respect of their promotion, career progression.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Critical analyses of post-secondary education and lifelong learning, vocationalism and teacher professionalism.
Outline

Students may focus on particular themes/questions: • Social justice and vocational education and training. • The lived experience of teachers and learners in post-secondary education and training • The political economy of the education and training sector • Critical analyses of the policy context within which post-secondary education is placed

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have an MA and 2i or a First in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Critiquing public participation in local decision making: international perspectives in the post-modern era.
Outline

This project, which could cover any community (e.g. geographical, community of interest or association), would examine the factors contributing towards effective public participation in local decision-making. This work should critique UK policy and practice in comparison with that in other comparable countries.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a II(i) degree or extensive experience in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Cross-cultural approaches/issues in researching educational leadership
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues that influence/ impact the practice of school leaders in multiple country contexts. Emphasis is equally focused on cross-cultural methodological approaches as well as to the issues to be examined.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Culture and communication. The focus of such study could be how culture and subcultures and cultural methodologies contribute to a fuller picture of the way we experience the environment in which we live and the landscape that surrounds us.
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Doing research with children and young people
Outline

Innovative, exploratory research that implores participatory, visual and ethnographic methods.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
E-tutor Skills and Competences
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would explore effective e-tutoring skills and competences in both blended and online contexts.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Education and popular culture. The focus of such study could be the representation of school, young people or teachers in film or television or in literature..
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could include the use of the media in curriculum and pedagogy as well as the social and cultural implications of representation.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. The focus of such study could be the teaching of English language or literature or of TESOL or TEFL.
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be at any level of engagement school or higher education and might include international delivery.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Investigating criterial features at different CEFR levels
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how criterial features can be identified at different CEFR levels.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Language Assessment Literacy – how do EFL teachers develop their assessment practices
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how EFL teachers develop their assessment practices and how they operationalize their assessment knowledge in the classroom.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Marginalised Youth, Poverty and Social Justice
Outline

Research that grapples with the ideas of youth, poverty and social justice.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Mental health and wellbeing for schools, colleges and universities.
Outline

Mental health and wellbeing for schools, colleges and universities. Looking at how pupils and students understand wellbeing . How are mental health issues managed in education.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Narrative enquiry. Story is fundamental to the way in which we share experiences. I am interested in cross disciplinary ways in which our storied existences can be represented.
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Promoting access and retention in Higher Education
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: The role of staff and peer relationships in promoting retention; the impact of different policy conceptualisations of social justice on access to higher education; the impact of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality etc. on outcomes

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Pupil, student and staff resistance
Outline

Research that is interested in the argentic power of resistance in relation to education and employment structures.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Race and Educational Leadership
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the issue of race in relation to access to leadership role for minoritised groups in education. Furthermore, this project will examine the likely impact of minoritised groups in leadership roles in education.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Teacher Migration & Identity
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies related to the employment of Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs), as well as the experiences, impact and progression of OTTs in England/UK. Projects will be framed in the context of Social Identity Theory and/or Race.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Teaching assistants becoming qualified teachers.
Outline

Teaching assistants becoming qualified teachers. The transition from para- professional to professional.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants could have a 2:1 degree in an education or health related discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Technology and its impact on pedagogical practices
Outline

This area focuses on academic staff development and their response to change. The interrelation between the institutional context and the individual, considering notions of performativity and the policy context are all areas that may be of interest.

In terms of technological change, academic staff are often required to adapt and adopt their practices to incorporate new technological tools. Examples include electronic marking, social media tools, VLEs, mobile devices. The response of academic staff to these changes vary hugely from the willing early adopters to those who actively resistant.

Technological tools are commonly available and have the potential to transform learning. For instance VLEs are ubiquitous in FE and HE and many schools. Hand held devices such as mobile phones and tablet devices provide power to individuals to enable them to access information, network and engage in new ways of learning. This area includes tools in use, new pedagogical processes that they enable, as well as student, organisation and teacher responses to the tools.

Examples of possible research questions/topics within this area: How are mobile devices being used in schools and how does the school culture impact on their uptake? An explorative study.

What are the digital literacies that underpin the uptake of technology within the schools sector and how is it understood by teachers? An explorative study of how digital literacies are supported in secondary schools.

Do curriculum design tools offer an effective way of enabling greater use of technology in learning? An action research study of the application of pedagogical planners within a particular setting.

How might the ability to model learner behaviours through large scale data sets be used to support new models of learning based on principles of connectivism? An analysis of data sets.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Technology and its impact on student and teacher identities
Outline

Neil Selwyn (2016) has written about the way that technology changes what teachers do and how we do it. For instance how much is technology used to monitor teacher’s performance, standardise our judgements and lead to a deprofessionalisation? How does it change the expectation to be always available to our students and to our managers? Selwyn’s analysis could be used to inform a critical investigation into the lived experiences of teachers.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Technology and its impact on student and teacher identities
Outline

Notions of employability are frequently associated with a highly transactional approach to the higher education curriculum. This is reinforced by a marketised discourse that surrounds popular view of higher education. Questions that might inform a doctoral study in this area include: How do the demands for degrees to have high ‘use value’ affect the treatment of employability in the curriculum? How do students’ levels of maturity affect how they engage with the meta cognitive aspects of careers education?

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
The History of Youth Work in Yorkshire
Outline

The project uses archive materials held by The Youth Association as the starting point for discussions of the work of organisations such as the Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the West Riding Youth Association.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better. They should have either a degree Youth and Community Work and be interested in history OR a degree in history with an interest in youth work.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
The History of Youth Work in Yorkshire
Outline

The project uses archive materials held by The Youth Association as the starting point for discussions of the work of organisations such as the Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the West Riding Youth Association.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better. They should have either a degree Youth and Community Work and be interested in history OR a degree in history with an interest in youth work.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
The interaction between Educational Policy and the practice of School Leadership
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies in education (e.g.: in relation to teacher recruitment; principal development) and how these influence/ impact the practice of school leadership.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or better in education/ educational policy/ educational leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
The role of Education in Countering Extremism
Outline

This project will seek to investigate how educators in case study settings are interpreting and implementing the ‘Prevent legal duty’ and what pedagogical approaches they are taking to counter the attraction of extremist ideologies for young people

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Masters level applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Theorising ‘professional love’ in community development and work with children / young people.
Outline

This project seeks to clarify the extent to which professional practice in community development or/and work with children and young people is informed by professional values, in particular the ethic of love. This project can be collaborative in nature, allowing for multiple professional perspectives and international contexts to be incorporated into the enquiry.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a II(i) degree or extensive experience in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Washback- how do examinations influence classroom teaching and assessment practices?
Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how examinations influence teaching and assessment practices in the EFL classroom.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree or MA in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply
Young People, Ethnic Segregation and Community Cohesion
Outline

This project will investigate young peoples’ experiences of cross-ethnic contact, ethnic segregation and ethnic tensions in case study settings. It will also examine the design, content and impact of policy and practice approaches to promoting greater community cohesion and positive cross-ethnic community contact and regard amongst young people.

Eligibility

This project is open to any student with the appropriate support and qualifications, subject to the University’s usual admissions processes. Masters level applicants would normally be expected to have a 2i degree in a relevant discipline.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

How to apply

The main topic areas that can be supervised in the subject area are:

•  Policy

•  Professional Identities

•  Pedagogies

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.

You will need to complete a research proposal in the region of 500 words outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

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 of 500 words. 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.

We offer our postgraduate research students high quality supervision and in the Higher Education Academy's Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) Education at Huddersfield consistently scored higher than the average for all other Universities.

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 skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies 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

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will advise and support you on your project.


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