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

2022-23 (also available for 2021-22)

Start date

19 September 2022

16 January 2023

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MA by Research is 1 year (12 months) or part-time is 2 years (24 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.

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.

Application deadlines

For October 2022

10 June 2022 for International and Scholarship students

1 July 2022 for Home students

For January 2023

21 October 2022 for International and Scholarship students

18 November 2022 for Home students

For April 2023

27 January 2023 for International and Scholarship students

24 February 2023 for Home students

About the research degree

A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one-year full time or two-year part time research degree. You will have one-to-one supervision by a specialist in your field and join regular 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).

I have a special interest in the nineteenth and twentieth century history of modern war, humanitarian aid and empire, and I am currently co-Ieading on the Emily Hobhouse Letters Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Emily Hobhouse (1860–1926), was a British peace activist and writer. Using her vast archive of letters and other writings, the Emily Hobhouse Letters project is uncovering her contribution to international peace and humanitarianism. This includes her work in Germany following the First World War and her role in South African politics. It is a collaborative project, working with colleagues at other universities in the UK, as well as Switzerland and South Africa, and founded on shared interests in the history of relief work, women’s suffrage, internationalism and empire. Her newly-available archive provides a rich resource for postgraduate students wishing to pursue an interest in the history of humanitarianism and imperial politics.

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Dr Rebecca Gill, Senior Lecturer in Modern History

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 6.0, 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?

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.

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 and the Holocaust Education and Learning Centre.

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 staff’ 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.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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/]

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.