History (MA by Research) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
The Research Degree
The MA by Research (part time) is a two year course of postgraduate study. Students taking this degree work on a specific project with expert supervision from a member of the Huddersfield History team. This project is written up as a dissertation of about 25,000 words and submitted at the end of the year. Please see below for the MA by Research topics offered for supervision by Huddersfield historians.
The MA by Research contains less formal teaching and more regular one to one supervision than a taught Master's course. The weekly Graduate Seminar provides a structured environment for the MA by Research. This gives MA by Research students the opportunity to explore a range of methodological and skills issues relating to the postgraduate study of history. New doctoral students also attend the Graduate Seminar, so it provides an opportunity for research students to get to know each other, and share ideas and findings. The areas covered in these sessions are designed to support the more focused reading students undertake with their supervisor. The Graduate Seminar aims to explore various ways of structuring and categorizing research; for example, organizing concepts like gender, class and identity; sources and approaches like material culture, oral history and memory. It also covers the practical skills required for effective research. To support the regular seminar there are additional specialist sessions delivered by experts who work on specific temporal areas and who use particular methodologies.
MA by Research students also play a full part in History at Huddersfield's research culture by attending the regular departmental research seminar held on Tuesday afternoons and other events like the Whiteley and Luddite Lectures. The annual Huddersfield History Postgraduate conference, held every summer, is organised and run by MA by Research and doctoral students. This attracts students from other universities across the UK and provides an important opportunity for sharing research, networking and career development.
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).
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.
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.
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.
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 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).
Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages
Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
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What can I research?
According to REF2014, 100% of research produced by historians at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading.We work together on projects within three key research themes which reflect our distinctive expertise and interests:
• The material cultures of the medieval and early modern periods • The history of health, welfare and well-being • The co-production of historical research projects and outputs with non-academic partners.
Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield's historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of oral history, gender history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology. As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War.
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.
In the first instance please contact the member of staff whose project/s interest you and they will advise you on the completion of a research proposal, which forms part of the application.
We also offer the following MA by Research pathways:
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.
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 youre 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.