Sociology (MSc by Research)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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

Start date

20 September 2021

17 January 2022

25 April 2022

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MSc 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 2021

02 July 2021

For January 2022

22 October 2021 International and Scholarship students

19 November 2021 Home students

For April 2022

28 January 2022 International and Scholarship students

25 February 2022 Home students

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 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.

At the end of the project you 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 for IELTS is 6.5 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.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

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

Social scientists are fascinated with the concept of community. Previous studies have examined how communities work and change over time. The aim of this proposed project is to critically examine the concept of community and the key institutions that are involved.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Recent years have seen a concern over the perceived sexualisation of childhood together with an explosion of interest in and concern about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people (CSA/CSE). Whilst sexual abuse is most likely to be committed in the home and by someone known to the victim, much of this concern has focussed on organised sexual abuse and in particular the sexual exploitation of young girls outside the home. This has led to the construction of an ‘ideal’ or ‘deserving’ victim whereby some victims are blamed for the abuse perpetrated against them together with the identification of particular groups of (Asian/Muslim) men as particularly dangerous that risks failing to recognise other perpetrators of CSA/CSE. This is at a time when professionals working with children and young people are increasingly encouraged to be vigilante and identify/report cases of suspected CSA/CSE. This research could explore any aspect of childhood sexual abuse including: how professionals respond to CSA/CSE; how professionals understand and perceive victims of CSA/CSE; why some (groups) are more likely to be seen to be responsible for their abuse; how the media might influence understandings of CSA/CSE; how victims might experience CSA/CSE; how might we (social workers, teachers, youth workers, police etc) best support victims of CSA/CSE. A narrative approach to this research would also be welcome.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

There is increasing concern over how, when, or indeed if, young people should learn about sex and relationships. This research could explore how cyp learn about sex, relationships and/or sexuality and the support they might be offered. It could focus on male, female or lgbt cyp.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This topic concerns the role that social policy actors play in carrying out the implementation of legal and policy frameworks concerning LGBTI human rights. In particular, there is important work to be done regarding the ways that policy actors mediate the demands of different interest groups (eg faith-based, ethnicity-related, and sexual orientation-related) in a democratic context. Proposals are invited for research in this area, either cross-cultural work (eg a comparative European study) or in the UK context. Applications seeking to look at local governance (eg local authorities) or at national political spheres would be welcome.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Following allegations made against Jimmy Savile and other cases of historic abuse we have seen a rise in the number of victims coming forward and identifying themselves as victims of historic child sexual abuse. This research could explore this issue from a number of perspectives – including adult victims, those who are accused; those who respond to allegations (e.g the police); and media coverage of historic abuse. It could focus on particular groups (of victims, perpetrators) or explore differences and it could focus on particular areas such as sexual abuse in the home or in sports settings. A narrative approach to this research would also be welcome.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This research is linked to concerns over the well being of children and young people (cyp) particularly around sex, sexuality and sexual and/or gender identity. Increasing numbers of young people in the UK are diagnosed as having mental health issues, where the transition from childhood to adulthood is increasingly seen as fraught with 'dangers', and where young people’s access to (formal) support and information around sexuality and relationships is limited, particularly in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) identities. This research could look at any aspect of growing up LGBT+ including: explore how children and young people and/or those who work with them understand the needs of young people who identity as LGBT+; explore the lived experiences of children and young people who self identify as LGBT+ or who are questioning or unsure about their sexual and/or gender identity. A narrative approach to this research would also be welcome.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

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How to apply

Outline

Topics invited concerning trans* and non-binary gender identities (non-binary broadly understood as self-identifying as either both genders or neither). Indicative areas for research include:

Diversity across age, generation, gender assigned at birth, ethnicity, social class, (dis)ability, nationality. Diversity across community created identity 'labels' and understandings. Trans and non-binary sexualities and relationships. Inclusion and/or exclusion: in LGBT communities, trans politics, accessing and receiving health care. Parenting Ageing Coming out Transphobia

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

This proposal explores how to develop an often neglected but important aspect of person-centred care. Members of the Spirituality Special Interest Group at the University (now reconstituted as the Spirituality and Compassion Special interest Group, SCSIG and led by myself) have supported a number of PhD studies to date as well as conducted a number of research studies. The concept of Spiritually Competent Practice (SCP; Wattis, Curran and Rogers, 2017) was developed from one of these pieces of work (Jones, 2017). It understands spirituality as part of the human search for meaning and distinguishes it from religion, seeing spiritual care as an important part of holistic person-centred care. My own PhD explored how concepts of Availability and Vulnerability, based on the Celtic Christian tradition, could be ‘secularised’ in Advanced Nursing Practice in Primary Care (Rogers 2016). Earlier work in the group had looked at health care educators’ attitudes to and understanding of spirituality, using brief rating scales developed for the purpose (Prentis et al., 2014). Working in partnership with the local NHS Mental Health Trust we have explored and extended these studies into Mental Health staff (Rogers et al 2019/2020), looking at attitudes to spirituality in mental health care and exploring the utility of SCP and A&V in this context. A study looking at mental health patients’ views has been interrupted by the pandemic but is in progress. The next phase of our research is to extend similar work into the fields of primary care and secondary care. This proposal is for a study exploring attitudes of primary care clinicians (including General Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners) to spirituality and the utility of SCP and A&V in developing understanding in primary care. It would use a mixed methods approach and details of the project would be developed to incorporate interests of a prospective PhD candidate as well as the SCSIG group’s interest in the wider applicability of SCP and A&V as educational and clinical tools in this area.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

This project will consider the differing ways in which South Asian masculinities are performed, enacted and experienced in contemporary Britain. It will consider the ways in which religion, gender, ethnicity, culture and race interact in the construction of masculinities and masculine identities.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Social enterprise plays an important role in society. Governments in different countries across the world have interesting and innovative strategies regarding social enterprise. The aim of this proposed project is to examine how social enterprises work in two countries from the developing world.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

This research could explore young people's human rights and anti-racism activism, young people's anti-racism organising and social movements, and young people's human rights activism in the UK's hostile environment.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

This research could explore young women's feminist and women's rights activism, narratives and biographies of feminist activism, young women's organising and social movements, and feminist activism and organising online.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

This research could explore: young people’s political engagement; community engagement and citizenship; youth political and social activism; and formal, informal and non-formal styles of participation.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Applications are welcome for a diverse range of specialist topics and areas of expertise. We would especially welcome applications for topics in which the proposed research is in line with the research priorities of the School of Human and Health Sciences.

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.

Student support

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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.

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