Architecture and the Built Environment (MSc by Research)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

6 April 2020

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

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

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

You’ll be expected to work to an approved programme of work 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.

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

At the end of the project you’ll 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).

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.

If your first language 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.

What can I research?

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

Outline

Current evidence on the impacts of the built environment on health outcomes tends to be based on the evaluation of single factors. Furthermore, there are limited studies evaluating the impact of multiple factors on health outcomes. One challenge is that it is difficult to untangle the interplay of diverse built environment factors and how these may affect a multitude of health outcomes. This project aims to develop a method to help designers understand and consider existing research findings when developing healthcare design solutions.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Global warming is expected to continue for some considerable time even if drivers such as carbon dioxide emissions begin to be reduced. In these circumstances some locations, for instance in the middle-east, will experience ambient external temperatures beyond anything found in the modern world – perhaps above 60C. There is therefore a need to understand the implications of such a scenario when it would be virtually impossible for a human being to live or work outdoors except for very short periods and/or with the help of protection systems. This project would consider the limits to tolerance of humans along with potential technologies/techniques that might be used to reduce impacts and risks. The project is expected to make use of simulation and modelling and could be linked to any part of the world which might experience high external temperatures. There are many sub-themes to this topic area and applicants are invited to describe their own interest and directions for study. Applicants should have good knowledge and/or experience of one of the following areas: architecture; planning; environmental design/building design; construction science; building services; architectural technology; or a related area.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Lean Construction has been researched for over 25 years, however its adoption by small and medium enterprises, which comprise most of the design and construction companies, is still low. Similarly, major companies have been adopting building information modelling, however there are challenges for SMEs to adopt BIM. This research will investigate the issues and propose strategies for Lean and BIM adoption by small and medium enterprises.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The aim of the research is to develop a novel and practical solution to perform data capature on construction site to enable the comparison during construction of a structure as-built position against the design model using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV / Drone) and ground based 3D scanning facilities. The new process will be more precise, efficient, economic and safer in comparison to current common field-surveying methods and It will deliver substantial benefits for clients, across the entire lifecycle of a project.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The design of building environments to provide comfort often requires the use of space conditioning systems (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) with consequential use of energy. It is known that occupants react differently to sealed and more naturally conditioned spaces and that their perceptions of comfort also vary. Many studies of comfort focus on air temperature and humidity however other environmental factors such as air movement and radiant temperature also have impacts – sometimes subtle and sometimes more significant – particularly when moving from one location to another in a building. This project would attempt to assess the impact of those factors and build the concept of building environmental variability into a better understanding of comfort and building occupants. Applicants should have good knowledge and/or experience of one of the following areas: environmental design/building design; construction science; building services; architectural technology; or a related area.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

The School of Art, Design and Architecture, home to award-winning staff members at the University of Huddersfield, fosters the next generation of creative researchers as part of a dynamic and interactive learning community enabling postgraduate students to nurture and develop their talents. The School has approximately 100+ research students, from a growing number of different nationalities. We particularly welcome transdisciplinary working.

You will be welcomed into a vibrant postgraduate research community housed within our new Barbara Hepworth Building. Opened in 2019, the building is located on the University campus overlooking the picturesque Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It is an environment equipped with state of the art facilities and spaces for collaborative thinking and exchange. The building has a dedicated postgraduate suite for our research students.

You will find listed on this course finder page several ‘research topics’ which have been designed by experienced PhD supervisors. It may be that you are interested in pursuing an aspect of one of these projects, so do please consider approaching the named academic to discuss your ideas in further detail.

You may also want to design a PhD project of your own. We very much welcome applications in the following broad research areas:


• Architectural Design
• Architectural History and Theory
• BIM
• Conservation
• Construction Project Management
• Design Management
• Disaster Resilience and Reconstruction
• Healthcare in the Built Environment
• Lean Construction
• Modelling, Simulation and Serious games
• Process and Performance Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Sustainable Environmental Design and Energy Efficiency
• Urban Design
• Transdisciplinary research in architecture and the built environment

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.

If you would like further guidance about undertaking postgraduate study within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, or to seek advice about writing a project proposal as part of your application, do please make contact with our postgraduate administration team for further information: sadapgradmin@hud.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Research Enviroment

We provide a supportive and vibrant research environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Researchers at all levels are encouraged to contribute and collaborate. The Graduate School ensures that postgraduate research is of the highest quality and equips you with the resources that you need to become a successful researcher.

We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you 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 Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

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