Applied Health Sciences (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 PGR start date September 2021

02 July 2021

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

The expression of speed during team sport competition is a crucial element of overall performance. Recent research has demonstrated that resisted sled sprints and sled pushes may enhance the acceleration and maximum velocity of athletes; however, the optimal prescription of these types of training have yet to be established, particularly when prescribed within a concurrent team sport training programme. Applicants with other research ideas that seek to investigate the enhancement of acceleration and maximum velocity are also encouraged.

Funding

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

Deadline

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How to apply

Outline

Ankle muscle strength is an important factor in mobility, predicting injury and athletic performance and is also associated with increased risk of falls. A greater understanding of the determinants of ankle muscle strength would benefit all of these areas.

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

The use of evidence, in all its forms, in healthcare practice; the part evidence plays in clinical reasoning and knowledge; practitioners’ beliefs about evidence and the strength of different forms of evidence; factors that influence these beliefs.

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/

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How to apply

Outline

The research will investigate the impact of chronic wounds on a person's quality of life using qualitative methodology. Analysis will identify any themes that are specific to this patient group. This will allow for a specific QoL tool to be devised, tested and validated.

Funding

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

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Outline

Studies suggest that a major reason people cite not participating in routine exercise is a perceived lack of time. The popularity of short HIIT training protocols has been on the rise in recent years, and there is evidence to suggest that greater health/fitness adaptation can be gained from this form of training as opposed to traditional endurance exercise. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

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

Patients and their families often have difficulty in understanding health-related information provided to them by health professionals. In this programme of work we aim to improve communication, patient education and the provision of health related information to patients and their families using innovative technology. Students will gain experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

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/

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How to apply

Outline

There is widespread agreement that mentoring is associated with a wide range of positive outcomes for mentees and protégés. The study of mentoring and its prevalence in community, institutional and organisational contexts is widespread; research has mainly progressed within disciplinary and professional silos. I would welcome cross-disciplinary proposals in this field and proposals that are concerned with measuring impact, especially with professional groups.

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/

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Outline

In an ageing population the maintenance of cognitive function is crucial to facilitate the continuation of daily activity and tasks in later life. There is growing evidence that nutritional strategies can attenuate cognitive decline typically seen in later life. Robust research is required to provide clear nutritional recommendations and investigate new strategies.

Funding

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

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Outline

Within many sports the turnaround between bouts of competition is often short (I.e. soccer, tennis, tournament play), therefore the quick recovery of the athlete is vitally important. Nutrition can play a integral role in this process and there are a wide range of strategies available but with limited evidence. Research is required to provide evidence based guidance to athletes and nutrition practitioners on effective strategies to accelerate recovery from exercise bouts.

Funding

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

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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

To investigate the psychosocial aspects of PART. To identify the legal and ethical issues relating to PART.

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

The project should involve a novel application of advanced statistical analysis applied to a large and/or complex data set from an experimental or observational health or biomedical study. Data collection need not form part of the project if an appropriate data set may be identified.

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/

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How to apply

Outline

This is a very general topic area covering a number of potential avenues of research. The term ergogenic aids could refer to nutritional interventions that enhance recovery following exercise, or improve exercise tolerance and performance. The term could also refer to interventions such as the use of cold water immersion or warm-up strategies to accelerate recovery or augment subsequent performance. The precise exercise stimuli can be varied, with all sports considered.

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

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Outline

Running shoes vary in style shape and support which by definition will redistribute pressure in the foot. How does the pressure differ in different types of running shoes and how does this compare to normal shoes?

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/

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How to apply

Outline

This research project will focus on improving load carriage performance for military and/or emergency service personnel. Specific research questions are open for discussion between supervisor and PhD student. Areas of interest include investigating the effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on load carriage performance and the ventilatory system and investigating the effects of load carriage training and resistance training on load carriage biomechanics and energy expenditure.

Funding

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

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Outline

Contemporary soccer fixture schedules may expose players to 40-60 matches a season. This increases risk of injury, and potentially impacts performance (physical, technical and tactical). More research is required in this area, including ways to help improve recovery during congested schedules.

Funding

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

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Outline

Previous research on the mechanics and energetics of load carriage has shown individual variation in walking gait kinematics and energy expenditure when different methods of load carriage are compared. This research project will focus on identifying the magnitude and determinants of this variability.

Funding

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

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Outline

Walking football and netball are popular sports/activities among older adults. However, there is a limited amount of research on the health benefits of taking part in these activities. Therefore, there is scope to conduct research projects assessing the physical and mental health benefits of participation, in otherwise healthy older adults, as well as those with clinical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Funding

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

Deadline

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