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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.
This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area
A Master's by Research (MA) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree. It contains a limited amount of formal taught sessions. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
Master's research 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).
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.
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
• Building Information Modelling (BIM)
• Construction Project Management
• Design Management
• Disaster Resilience and Reconstruction
• Healthcare in the Built Environment
• Lean Design
• 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.
The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,000 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 31% from overseas and 69% from the UK.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff are directly involved in the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.
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 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 methods. These sessions will largely be accessible live via the web, and recorded for access at a later date via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.
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