History (MA by Research)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MA by Research is 1 year (12 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

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

The MA by Research is a one year full time 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 Masters course. The weekly Graduate Seminar provides a structured environment for the MA by Research. This gives MA by Research students the opportunity 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).

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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:

MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage Masters by Research in the History of Childhood

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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