Sociology (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 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 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 part time MSc 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 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
Asian sexualities/genders: An intersectional perspective
Outline
This topic concerns the ways in which people living in South Asian countries and those in the Asian diaspora ‘do’ alternative genders and sexualities (eg Hijra, gay, or bisexual). There is a need for greater understanding of generational issues (first, second etc generation), the impact of socio-economic class, and caste, faith, and ethnic factors. The PhD will address some of these issues, with fieldwork taking place either in one of the Asian countries and/or in a diasporic country such as England.
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
Assisted Conception
Outline
Any research on the social and ethical implications of Assisted Conception practices and policies.
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
Asylum and immigration policies and practices - inequalities and injustices; human rights
Outline
Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many people on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could explore issues of human rights and the inequalities and injustices that coincide with asylum and immigration policies and practices. It could include the role of contemporary or dominant narratives in shaping stories told about people seeking asylum/refugees, including the stories of those people who seek asylum and /or refugees. It could look at theory and practices of resistance and or action-based research approaches. It could focus on one policy/practice topic such as detention, housing or asylum support. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding

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

How to apply
Bisexuality in the UK Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
Outline
This PhD will develop knowledge about the experiences of people who identify as bisexual and Black and Minority Ethnic, based either in the UK or in another country. It will be carried out in liaison with bisexual community members, and BAME applicants from these communities would be particularly welcome to apply. The project could have an emphasis on community building, or on wider LGBTI networks.
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
Bisexuality: developing guidelines for healthcare policy makers and practitioners
Outline
This applied PhD will involve firstly conducting research with bisexual people (those who identify as bisexual and others whose behaviour can be interpreted as bisexual) to understand more about the issues they face in healthcare settings, and then conducting policy analysis and research with healthcare professionals to ascertain what could help them to deliver better care. The PhD will be set within a conceptual framework of critical sexuality studies.
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
CAQDAS and QDA and technology
Outline
Computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) has developed over the last 25 years as a common technology in qualitative data analysis (QDA). For many enthusiasts of CAQDAS it should have encouraged and supported new and powerful ways of analysing qualitative data. Has it done that? Or has technology had a more subtle or subversive impact on the way qualitative analysis is done?
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
Child protection policy and practice
Outline
Across the world the protection of children from abuse and neglect is receiving considerable attention. I have worked as a practitioner and manager in this area as well as researched extensively on the topics of family perspectives, system reform and gender issues. I have supervised in the areas of fathering, children’s rights and adoption.
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
Children/young people (cyp), sex and sexuality
Outline
There is increasing concern over how, when, or indeed if, young people should learn about sex and relationships. This research could explore how cyp learn about sex, relationships and/or sexuality and the support they might be offered. It could focus on male, female or lgbt cyp.
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
Constructions (media/public etc) / Narratives of migration and ‘migrants’
Outline
Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many people on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could develop understandings about the formation of prejudice and exclusion motivating populist narratives/politics across the continent. It could interrogate the contemporary conceptualisation and dominant narratives of ‘the migrant’ and the ways in which these might be gendered. It could consider how stories are formed and how they become fixed (media, public and policy/legal narratives), and include the contestatory ‘stories’ of ‘migrants’ themselves. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding

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

How to apply
Does performance theatre influence the way that individuals/communities understand Dementia
Outline
Increasingly, performance theatre/the creative arts are being used as a method of conveying health-related information, particularly where dementia is concerned. This study will examine what impact performance theatre has on audiences. Specifically, it will investigate whether their knowledge and understanding about dementia changes.
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
e-learning
Outline
Much technology is now being used to support learning in HE. Just what are the best ways to design such technology and to use it in, for example, reusable learning objects (RLOs)? What is the best user interface and best pedagogic design for RLOs? If we use communication technology in teaching and learning (eg online discussion groups and wikis) how do these work and do they promote different ways in which students communicate with each other?
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
Family formation using egg sharing: will donors and recipients tell their children about their half-siblings?
Outline
Egg sharing is a third-party assisted reproductive treatment developed in the 1990s. Women who agree to become egg share donors share their eggs with up to two recipients; in return the donor receives subsidised/free treatment. Children born to a donor following egg sharing may have genetically related half-siblings born to the egg recipient(s). This project will seek to examine whether donors and recipients intend to tell their children about the way in which they were conceived. It will also explore whether donors and recipients know that their child has half-sibling(s) living and what influence this has on their decision to share information.
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
Food allergy in children and young people
Outline
A growing number of children and young people in the United Kingdom are being diagnosed with food allergies. This project would examine the impact that a food allergy diagnosis has on the family. It would also seek to examine what support families receive post-diagnosis .
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
Gender-based Violence: 1. Child sexual abuse 2. Commercial sexual exploitation 3. Domestic violence
Outline
1. The intersection of gender-based violence with particular forms of marginalisation and oppression (for example, the experiences of street or refugee children; increased vulnerability to GBV as a consequence of natural disasters or conflict; female perpetrators and male victims) 2. Socio-cultural context of GBV in poor/middle-income countries 3. Systems-based approaches, interventions and programming 4. Computer games and intimate personal violence 5. International comparative studies
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
Governance and LGBTI equalities
Outline
This topic concerns the role that social policy actors play in carrying out the implementation of legal and policy frameworks concerning LGBTI human rights. In particular, there is important work to be done regarding the ways that policy actors mediate the demands of different interest groups (eg faith-based, ethnicity-related, and sexual orientation-related) in a democratic context. Proposals are invited for research in this area, either cross-cultural work (eg a comparative European study) or in the UK context. Applications seeking to look at local governance (eg local authorities) or at national political spheres would be welcome.
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
How to apply
Historic sexual abuse/adult victims of sexual abuse
Outline
Following recent cases of historic abuse we have seen a rise in the number of victims coming forward and identifying themselves as victims of historic abuse. This research could explore this issue from a number of perspectives – including adult victims, those who are accused; media coverage. It could focus on particular groups (of victims, perpetrators) or explore differences.
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
Interpersonal sexual violence/abuse/exploitation
Outline
Whether in the form of domestic abuse or sexual assault, women (and children) are far more likely to be victims and men perpetrators. This research could explore any aspect of domestic abuse, interpersonal violence and sexual abuse/exploitation – and might look at different perpetrators or victims (such as based on gender, sexuality, ethnicity, dis/ability); responses to abuse; media coverage of abuse.
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
LGBT communities and LGBT lives
Outline
Topics invited that include: Diversity across age, generation, ethnicity, class, gender, (dis)ability, nationality Generational change Homophobia Same-sex marriage and relationships Sexual fluidity LGBT parenting Ageing Coming out
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
Migration – inequalities and injustices; asylum and immigration policies and practices; human rights. Stories of women and/or children seeking asylum and refugees – marginalised accounts. Constructions (media/public etc) of migration/’
Outline
Migration; women and/or children seeking asylum and refugees; qualitative; narrative; theory and practices of resistance; participatory approaches; action-based approaches
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
Non-binary and trans* gender identities
Outline
Topics invited concerning trans* and non-binary gender identities (non-binary broadly understood as self-identifying as either both genders or neither). Indicative areas for research include: Diversity across age, generation, gender assigned at birth, ethnicity, social class, (dis)ability, nationality. Diversity across community created identity 'labels' and understandings. Trans and non-binary sexualities and relationships. Inclusion and/or exclusion: in LGBT communities, trans politics, accessing and receiving health care. Parenting Ageing Coming out Transphobia
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
Non-Binary: What does it mean in the real world?
Outline
Non-binary gender identities are becoming more common in the UK and some other European countries. But more knowledge is needed about how it actually feels to be non-binary and how non-binary identities intersect with others (classed, raced, spatially-located etc) identities. This could form a PhD topic. An alternative approach would be looking at the policy implications of non-binary. Policy makers can find non-binary difficult to deal with and more knowledge would be useful.
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
Refugee ‘crises’
Outline
Recent refugee ‘crises’ have prompted shifts in narratives, policy and practices about refugee protection and solidarity in Europe. In many contexts around the world, individuals, groups, communities, and Non-Government Organisations are the main providers of support and services to refugees. This research could look at the theories and practices of solidarity or action / participatory research. This research could explore how theories, narratives and practices of reflect and inform responses to refugees. It could include questions related to solidarity and if/how narratives about refugees construct or degrade solidarity. It could focus on cross-cultural comparisons of practices of solidarity/ action/ participatory research with refugees, that inform theorising on solidarity. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding

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

How to apply
Sense of a Community?
Outline
This proposed research would examine the contemporary debates on communities in the United Kingdom.
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
Social Representation
Outline
Any research examining the impact of social representations on vulnerable 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
Sociology of Emotion
Outline
Any research examining the impact of social space on emotional state.
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
Sociology of Web 2.0
Outline
The interactivity, sociality and openness of Web 2.0 technologies such as Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter makes possible a new set of online activities that sociologists might study. These include the social and political use of the Web and its use therapeutically (such as in self-help groups). However, one might ask, just how new these uses really are.
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
South Asian communities and gender
Outline
This project will consider the ways in which gender matters in the experiences of South Asian communities in Britain. It will examine the dominant and prevalent construction of masculinities and femininities within these diverse communities. It will also consider the impact of social change and generational differences through the examination of narratives and stories. Diverse ethnic and religious groups will be studied to help understand the multifaceted and evolving nature of gender and sexuality in South Asian communities.
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
South Asian masculinity
Outline
This project will consider the differing ways in which South Asian masculinities are performed, enacted and experienced in contemporary Britain. It will consider the ways in which religion, gender, ethnicity, culture and race interact in the construction of masculinities and masculine identities.
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
Stories of women and/or children seeking asylum/refugees – marginalised accounts
Outline
Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many women and/or children on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could explore the role of contemporary or dominant narratives in shaping stories told by and about women and/or children seeking asylum/refugees. It could include theory and practices of resistance and or action-based research approaches. It could focus on one topic such as detention, housing or asylum support. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding

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

How to apply
Teaching and learning in HE
Outline
The evidence base for teaching and learning in HE is very large (lots of journals etc publishing evaluations) but actually very poor quality. It suffers from some serious design flaws. Two things follow from this. First, are there ways that the quality could be improved – better design of research, better management of the results etc? Second, to what extent can we actually measure the impact of teaching approaches on learning?
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 British South Asian diaspora
Outline
This project will consider the diverse ways in which people of South Asian descent mark, assert and define their identities in contemporary Britain. It will examine experiences of racism and difference, diversity and belonging, to consider how these impact on everyday lived experiences. Narratives and stories arising from different generations will be examined to help understand the multifaceted and evolving nature of South Asian ethnicities.
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
Therapeutic and self-help culture and the self
Outline
We live in a world increasingly informed by therapeutic culture and encouraged to engage with self-help texts to increase our happiness and wellbeing. This research could explore any aspect of therapy/self-help literature – including how people might engage with this literature; the dominance of victim narratives; whether the use of self-help texts is gendered or informed by other identities. It could focus on one topic or ‘issue’ such as sexual abuse, confidence, sex, or adoption. This research could explore the role of contemporary or dominant stories for those trying to make sense of their lives and who they are. It could include an exploration of contemporary victim narratives or damage narratives but could also include other forms of narrative research and might include looking at gender, sexuality, ethnicity.
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
Video and the Internet
Outline
Watching video on the Internet is new but probably doesn’t involve any fundamental changes to the medium of video (although it might be argued that timeshifting and automatic scene skipping might have serious consequences for advertising). However, the ability of anyone to create and share video is new and might have widespread consequences for viewers as well as those in the video and film industry. Will this have an impact on what is considered to be entertainment?
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
Virtual society on the Internet
Outline
More and more people are spending a long time online in virtual realities (such as MMORPGs and Second Life). Some have argued that these are promoting new forms of sociality and the development of new norms/rules/laws of behaviour. Others are more sceptical about the extent to which people in virtual realities are really separate from the real world.
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
Young people and non-heterosexual genders/sexualities
Outline
This project will address the ways that educational and related (eg youth work) professionals support young people in developing sexual wellbeing and agency (choice), with a focus on people who identify as other than heterosexual, or as transgender and/or non-binary. The project will be run to complement wider relevant work being carried out by LGBTI community groups. It will be UK-focused.
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
Youth social and political participation
Outline
This research could explore: young people’s political engagement; community engagement and citizenship; youth political and social activism; and formal, informal and non-formal styles of participation.
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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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.

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 skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Research Skills Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Skills 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 normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.


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