Art and Design (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


2 years part-time
1 year full-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 on a two year (part-time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. Such programmes are attractive to those wanting a briefer research degree than a PhD.

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 normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.

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:


Using a device to keep track of everyday life is called self-tracking. Monitoring your geolocation, social habits, diet, steps walked, heart rate, and more, is an ever-present activity in the 21st century. These increasingly intimate data practices are a significant motif of contemporary culture that crave more innovative perspectives of analysis.


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User perceptions and responses to interfaces, process, and services are highly valuable in several areas of design. Not surprisingly, the interest in User Experience Design (UX Design) has risen dramatically in commercial products, system, service, interior design and the architectural environment in the last few years. As a result, UX knowledge has increased chances of employability in the design sector and it has been largely studied in multidisciplinary contexts. MA and PhD candidates under this research topic will be able to explore product interfaces, systems, services, interior design and architectural environment, applying UX, inclusive design and design thinking methods, along with more traditional qualitative design methods. Research on this topic contributes to new analytical frameworks, design guidelines, and new designs that enable potential users to use a product, system or service adequately.


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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:

• Art History and Theory
• Costume Studies
• Creative Pattern Cutting and Technologies
• Cultural Leadership and Public Engagement
• Design Pedagogy
• Digital Design, Digital Media Arts and 3D Animation
• Fashion Ecology, Economics and Business Engagement
• Fashion Retail and Social Media
• Graphics and Publishing
• Photography
• Sculpture Studies
• Serious Games for Education and Healthcare
• Textile Crafts and Textile Futures
• Transdisciplinary research in art and design

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:

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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Tuition fees

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