Architecture and the Built Environment (MA by Research)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

The research community in Architecture and the Built Environment enables you to discover innovative solutions that satisfy physical, cultural and social conditions in a dynamic and professional practice environment.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

29 April 2019

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MA by Research is 1 year (12 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.

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473969

The research degree

A Master's by Research (MA) 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 of work 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.

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

At the end of the project you’ll 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 MA 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.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction 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).

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages.

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What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

Skills and knowledge required for designing within different cultures and societies play an important part of the architecture curriculum and practice. Cross-cultural architectural design addresses issues of globalisation in architectural education and practice when increasingly students study in overseas universities and architectural practices engage with works of overseas projects. Furthermore, architectural students’ education in the university and their learning experience in architectural offices for placement are integrated part of a process for a student to become a registered architect. Studies need to explore how individual architecture students perceive and value their learning experience in universities and architectural offices and how students understand and integrate what they have learned in university and in practice.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The globalization and urbanization have brought significant changes to architecture and built environment in developing countries. Contemporary design and construction processes not only introduce new materials, technologies, and building regulations, but also lead to different systems of urban and architectural knowledge that focus on the sustainability-related design ideas, assessment techniques, and practical guidance that have a greater focus on energy issues in urban and rural environment. On the social and cultural aspects of sustainable design, it is important to exploit opportunities to protect architectural heritage, in both urban and rural areas, that forms the collective cultural memory of a society, acting as a source of inspiration, creativity and enterprise for current and future generations. The architectural heritage in both urban and rural development can usefully inform our understanding of the contemporary (globalised) built environment.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

There has been a significant increase in infrastructure and large scale building projects across the world over the last few decades. Traditional measure of cost, time and quality have been applied to evaluate the success of such projects. However, such measures are only concerned with the immediate project outputs rather than considering the outcomes of such projects and more importantly the benefits that are delivered through built infrastructure. This area of research will investigate the degree to which benefits are an integral part of the project-process and to what degree they are realised. PhD investigations are likely to look at longitudinal studies in specific sectors, such as healthcare (hospitals, clinics, etc.) housing, schools, road infrastructure, retail, entertainment, etc. as well as examine the degree to which benefits are designed-in in projects as well as those realised in-use. Candidates will be engaging in a diverse and broad range of multidisciplinary literature and are likely to provide insights and make novelty contributions in transdisciplinary research

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

New Product Development (NPD) is still very poorly understood in Architecture, Engineering and Built Environment. Recent Developments through the RIBA and other professional bodies are making attempts to provide a holistic view of NPD and fail to capture the true value of efficient and effective NPD. Furthermore, there is a confusion of what are the constituent parts of NPD, how it is enacted in practice and how it can be improved. This area of research will seek to highlight significant innovation in the area of NPD, evaluate existing practice and make novel contributions in theory and practice. The research is likely to involve multiple case studies and in particular examine aspects of collaboration for better NPD, enactment of process and its implementation for concurrency and overlapping activities, agile and lean NPD processes, etc. The literature will cover multiple sectors and disciplines and is likely to focus on production, NPD, management science and Design.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The management of the design process has been a topic of study for over 40 years. The relationship between clients and designers, and the effectiveness of the briefing in determining requirements are main contributing factors for good design. This project looks at better identifying issues around requirements capture and management in construction, investigating the role of technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) in supporting this process.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The concept of design waste is elusive, and it is difficult in practice to identify which design activities are wasteful, and which design activities are important to generate better value through design solutions. This project will seek to identify the concept of waste in design, discuss how it relates to design errors and develop a model aimed at helping designers eliminate wasteful activities during the design process.

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Many hospitals have developed over a number of years in a piecemeal fashion. This has resulted in complex environments made up of long and confusing corridor systems. Such settings challenge and frustrate those who visit them. The importance of wayfinding to building use, costs and safety and the growth in terms of theories, principles, guidelines, and methodologies over the years does not appear to have made an impact on wayfinding performance in complex hospitals. Thus, there remains a need to find more effective wayfinding solutions to the problems that continue to occur in complex hospitals

Funding

Please link to this page https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/researchscholarships/schoolofartdesignandarchitecturescholarships/

Deadline

please use central deadline found here https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Supervisors

How to apply

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 inter and multidisciplinary research. Applications are welcome in, but not limited to, the following research areas:


• Architectural Design
• Architectural History and Theory
• BIM
• Conservation
• Construction Project Management
• Design Management
• Disaster Resilience and Reconstruction
• Healthcare in the Built Environment
• Lean Construction
• Modelling, Simulation and Serious games
• Process and Performance Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Sustainable Environmental Design and Energy Efficiency
• Urban 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.

Research community

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

Research support

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It’s important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield 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 UniLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

In addition, the School of Art, Design and Architecture run their own research training programme, offering specific skill/ practice based support in research methodology. These sessions will largely be accessible live via the web, and recorded for access at a later date via UniLearn.

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.

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