Architecture and the Built Environment (MSc by Research)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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

Start date

1 October 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) or two year (part-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. We also accept applications for projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. These include practice submissions with written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of yourresearch.

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 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, 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?

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

Current evidence on the impacts of the built environment on health outcomes tends to be based on the evaluation of single factors. Furthermore, there are limited studies evaluating the impact of multiple factors on health outcomes. One challenge is that it is difficult to untangle the interplay of diverse built environment factors and how these may affect a multitude of health outcomes. This project aims to develop a method to help designers understand and consider existing research findings when developing healthcare design solutions.

Funding

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

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Global warming is expected to continue for some considerable time even if drivers such as carbon dioxide emissions begin to be reduced. In these circumstances some locations, for instance in the middle-east, will experience ambient external temperatures beyond anything found in the modern world – perhaps above 60C. There is therefore a need to understand the implications of such a scenario when it would be virtually impossible for a human being to live or work outdoors except for very short periods and/or with the help of protection systems. This project would consider the limits to tolerance of humans along with potential technologies/techniques that might be used to reduce impacts and risks. The project is expected to make use of simulation and modelling and could be linked to any part of the world which might experience high external temperatures. There are many sub-themes to this topic area and applicants are invited to describe their own interest and directions for study. Applicants should have good knowledge and/or experience of one of the following areas: architecture; planning; environmental design/building design; construction science; building services; architectural technology; or a related area.

Funding

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

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Lean Construction has been researched for over 25 years, however its adoption by small and medium enterprises, which comprise most of the design and construction companies, is still low. Similarly, major companies have been adopting building information modelling, however there are challenges for SMEs to adopt BIM. This research will investigate the issues and propose strategies for Lean and BIM adoption by small and medium enterprises.

Funding

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

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The aim of the research is to develop a novel and practical solution to perform data capature on construction site to enable the comparison during construction of a structure as-built position against the design model using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV / Drone) and ground based 3D scanning facilities. The new process will be more precise, efficient, economic and safer in comparison to current common field-surveying methods and It will deliver substantial benefits for clients, across the entire lifecycle of a project.

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 design of building environments to provide comfort often requires the use of space conditioning systems (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) with consequential use of energy. It is known that occupants react differently to sealed and more naturally conditioned spaces and that their perceptions of comfort also vary. Many studies of comfort focus on air temperature and humidity however other environmental factors such as air movement and radiant temperature also have impacts – sometimes subtle and sometimes more significant – particularly when moving from one location to another in a building. This project would attempt to assess the impact of those factors and build the concept of building environmental variability into a better understanding of comfort and building occupants. Applicants should have good knowledge and/or experience of one of the following areas: environmental design/building design; construction science; building services; architectural technology; or a related area.

Funding

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

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

You can apply by:

1) Proposing your own research topic. Explore the skills of our supervisors and/or Research Centres to see if we have the expertise to support your topic.

2) Applying for one of the research topics listed below or for a specific research area within the School.

Places are always subject to eligibility, a review of your proposal and supervisory capacity.

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. It may be that you are interested in pursuing an aspect of one of these projects, so do please consider approaching the named academic to discuss your ideas in further detail.

You may also want to design a project of your own. We very much welcome applications in the following broad 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
  • Transdisciplinary research in architecture and the built environment
  • Urban Design

If you would like further guidance about undertaking postgraduate study within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, or to seek advice about writing a project proposal as part of your application, do please make contact with our postgraduate administration team for further information: sadapgradmin@hud.ac.uk

Student support

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Researcher Environment

We provide a supportive and vibrant research environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Researchers at all levels are encouraged to contribute and collaborate. The Graduate School ensures that postgraduate research is of the highest quality and equips you with the resources that you need to become a successful researcher.

We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you 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 Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

Find out more about our research staff and centres: Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA) Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS) Innovative Design Centre (IDL) Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC)

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