Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage (MA by Research)

2020-21

Start date

21 September 2020

11 January 2021

Duration

The maximum duration for a part-time MA by Research is 2 years (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.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2021

20 November 2020

For PGR start date April 2021

26 February 2021

For PGR start date July 2021

11 June 2021

For PGR start date September 2021

02 July 2021

About the research degree

A Master's by Research (MA) part time allows you to undertake a two year research degree. You will have one-to-one supervision by a specialist in your field and weekly Graduate History Seminars designed to enhance your research skills. Such programmes are attractive to those studying for personal interest, professional development or as preparation for a PhD.

The MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage allows you to undertake independent research in applied and practical historical study. It will develop your applied and theoretical skills for practice and employment as a historian, heritage worker or community heritage activist.

You will produce a thesis of between 15,000 and 25,000 words and a public-facing output such as an exhibition, film, oral history archive or collaboration with a community organisation, 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 MA by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, 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 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.

Postgraduate Study


Shabina is studying for a PhD in History. Watch her film to hear her talk about her research into ‘bussing out’ in 1960s and 70s Bradford, and how her research has been picked up by national media. She talks about editing a postgraduate research journal and how working on that has informed her own writing. She enjoys working in the Postgraduate Study Suite in the Oastler Building.

What can I research?

You will be able to choose the focus of your study, which may align with one or more of the course’s core themes, and you will be encouraged to combine reflection on research methodologies and historical theories with practical applications. There is potential for internships with local and regional community organisations and museums and academic publication.

History at Huddersfield has about 25 research students who are part of a lively research culture. We also work closely with Heritage Quay, the University’s Heritage Lottery-funded award-winning archive.

Previous and current students in public history, oral history and community heritage at Huddersfield have researched:

  • ‘From Pauper Lunatics to Rate Aided Patients’, in partnership with the Thackray Medical Museum

  • ‘Archaeology of the Voice: Exploring Oral History, Locative Media, Audio Walks, and Sound Art as Site-Specific Displacement Activities.’

  • ‘Public History and Regeneration: A Co-Production Approach.’

  • ‘The Gott Collection and the landscape of Yorkshire: a co-production case study,’ with The Hepworth Wakefield.

  • ‘Remploy and the Changing Face of Disability Employment in Britain, 1944-79’.

  • ‘Bussing Out: Educational policy and ethnic minorities in late twentieth-century Britain.

Your research can relate to any aspect of public, oral history, or community heritage.

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.

You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will identify the appropriate academic staff in History to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

Researcher Environment

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|http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/]

Student support

Tuition fees

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