Education (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)

By choosing to research at Huddersfield you’ll join an inspiring, passionate and committed research community focused on making your experience as enjoyable, rewarding and productive as possible.

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, but it still requires independent study.

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 masters course.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop within the first few months of commencement of study, in conjunction with your supervisor. Whilst undertaking the research project, under the supervision of the supervisor, you will also develop your research skills.

At the end of the project you write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words and this will then be examined.

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will advise and support you on your project.

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 Honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent 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 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).

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

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 for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

The project, which would be defined in detail via an outline paper and in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the education and training experience of those who worked in the coal industry based on oral testimonies and underpinned with debate around curricula.

It is envisaged that the project would be broadly sociological and / or educational in nature and the findings would contribute to policy debates relating to present-day apprenticeship design and relevance for twenty-first century Britain.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would critically analyse staff experiences of working in the FE sector in England. It might investigate aspects of staff and student relations, teaching and learning, or the management of change – although there is the potential to focus on other aspects of FE.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would critically analyse staff experiences of working in the FE sector in England. It might investigate aspects of staff and student relations, teaching and learning, or the management of change – although there is the potential to focus on other aspects of FE.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would critically analyse staff experiences of working in the FE sector in England. It might investigate aspects of staff and student relations, teaching and learning, or the management of change – although there is the potential to focus on other aspects of FE.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

The project, which would be defined in detail via an outline paper and in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the history and development vocational education and training and their contribution to skills needs for the economy.

It is envisaged that the project would be broadly sociological and / or educational in nature and the findings would contribute to policy debates relating to present-day needs for the twenty-first century British.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This area focuses on academic staff development and their response to change. The interrelation between the institutional context and the individual, considering notions of performativity and the policy context are all areas that may be of interest.

In terms of technological change, academic staff are often required to adapt and adopt their practices to incorporate new technological tools. Examples include electronic marking, social media tools, VLEs, mobile devices. The response of academic staff to these changes vary hugely from the willing early adopters to those who actively resistant.

Theoretical perspectives which may inform this area pf work are notions of liminality (Clegg et al. 2006) and concepts of professional identity (Stronach et al. 2002).

Possible research questions:

How do academic staff engage with and resist technological tools for teaching and learning? A narrative study of practitioners exploring their changing roles, identities and practices.

How does an institution support staff in this process and recognise the emotional work that is involved in being at the vanguard of technological change? A case study approach.

What are different strategies that institutions take to promote uptake of technological tools and how do they vary as a result of organisational culture and different in relation to the characteristics of staff? This could be an ethnographic study of organisational culture and its impact on technology adoption.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: the impact of international, national and local policies on pedagogy and practice; effective teaching, learning and assessment strategies; the overall impact of programmes on the participants’ identities.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Aspects of research relating to secondary education, both curriculum studies and pedagogy. Particularly with reference to Science Education.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Across any key stage and post compulsory settings, how is assessment for learning embedded and what strategies are successful to reduce disengagement?

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would explore effective blended learning for adult learners undertaking vocationally relevant, part-time, higher education, study.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine – in particular- the interaction between institutions and individuals from minoritised backgrounds in respect of their promotion, career progression.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Students may focus on particular themes/questions: • Social justice and vocational education and training. • The lived experience of teachers and learners in post-secondary education and training • The political economy of the education and training sector • Critical analyses of the policy context within which post-secondary education is placed

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which could cover any community (e.g. geographical, community of interest or association), would examine the factors contributing towards effective public participation in local decision-making. This work should critique UK policy and practice in comparison with that in other comparable countries.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies related to the employment of Overseas Trained Teachers (OTTs), as well as the experiences, impact and progression of OTTs in England/UK. Projects will be framed in the context of Social Identity Theory and/or Race.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues that influence/ impact the practice of school leaders in multiple country contexts. Emphasis is equally focused on cross-cultural methodological approaches as well as to the issues to be examined.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Deadline

There are no specific deadlines for this project; please see the details of the general deadlines at http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/how to apply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine an area of adult informal education. This might relate to learning through ‘hobbies’ or other forms of non-accredited learning (individual or group) that take place outside educational institutions.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Innovative, exploratory research that implores participatory, visual and ethnographic methods.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would explore effective e-tutoring skills and competences in both blended and online contexts.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could include the use of the media in curriculum and pedagogy as well as the social and cultural implications of representation.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Deadline

There are no specific deadlines for this project; please see the details of the general deadlines at http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/how to apply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine learning that takes place through engagement with social/political movements and/or the development of education policy within social/political movements.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Notions of employability are frequently associated with a highly transactional approach to the higher education curriculum. This is reinforced by a marketised discourse that surrounds popular view of higher education. Questions that might inform a doctoral study in this area include: How do the demands for degrees to have high ‘use value’ affect the treatment of employability in the curriculum? How do students’ levels of maturity affect how they engage with the meta cognitive aspects of careers education?

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Notions of employability are frequently associated with a highly transactional approach to the higher education curriculum. This is reinforced by a marketised discourse that surrounds popular view of higher education. Questions that might inform a doctoral study in this area include: How do the demands for degrees to have high ‘use value’ affect the treatment of employability in the curriculum? How do students’ levels of maturity affect how they engage with the meta cognitive aspects of careers education?

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be at any level of engagement school or higher education and might include international delivery.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Deadline

There are no specific deadlines for this project; please see the details of the general deadlines at http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/how to apply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how criterial features can be identified at different CEFR levels.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how EFL teachers develop their assessment practices and how they operationalize their assessment knowledge in the classroom.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Research that grapples with the ideas of youth, poverty and social justice.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Mental health and wellbeing for schools, colleges and universities. Looking at how pupils and students understand wellbeing . How are mental health issues managed in education.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, could be within the context of education or the wider community, nationally or internationally..

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Deadline

There are no specific deadlines for this project; please see the details of the general deadlines at http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/how to apply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the development of policy and practice in relation to teacher education for the lifelong learning sector.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of issues drawn from the following broad areas: The role of staff and peer relationships in promoting retention; the impact of different policy conceptualisations of social justice on access to higher education; the impact of class, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality etc. on outcomes

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Research that is interested in the argentic power of resistance in relation to education and employment structures.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the issue of race in relation to access to leadership role for minoritised groups in education. Furthermore, this project will examine the likely impact of minoritised groups in leadership roles in education.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Teaching assistants becoming qualified teachers. The transition from para- professional to professional.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Technological tools are commonly available and have the potential to transform learning. For instance VLEs are ubiquitous in FE and HE and many schools. Hand held devices such as mobile phones and tablet devices provide power to individuals to enable them to access information, network and engage in new ways of learning. This area includes tools in use, new pedagogical processes that they enable, as well as student, organisation and teacher responses to the tools.

Examples of possible research questions/topics within this area: How are mobile devices being used in schools and how does the school culture impact on their uptake? An explorative study.

What are the digital literacies that underpin the uptake of technology within the schools sector and how is it understood by teachers? An explorative study of how digital literacies are supported in secondary schools.

Do curriculum design tools offer an effective way of enabling greater use of technology in learning? An action research study of the application of pedagogical planners within a particular setting.

How might the ability to model learner behaviours through large scale data sets be used to support new models of learning based on principles of connectivism? An analysis of data sets.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Technological tools are commonly available and have the potential to transform learning. For instance VLEs are ubiquitous in FE and HE and many schools. Hand held devices such as mobile phones and tablet devices provide power to individuals to enable them to access information, network and engage in new ways of learning. This area includes tools in use, new pedagogical processes that they enable, as well as student, organisation and teacher responses to the tools.

Examples of possible research questions/topics within this area: How are mobile devices being used in schools and how does the school culture impact on their uptake? An explorative study.

What are the digital literacies that underpin the uptake of technology within the schools sector and how is it understood by teachers? An explorative study of how digital literacies are supported in secondary schools.

Do curriculum design tools offer an effective way of enabling greater use of technology in learning? An action research study of the application of pedagogical planners within a particular setting.

How might the ability to model learner behaviours through large scale data sets be used to support new models of learning based on principles of connectivism? An analysis of data sets.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

Neil Selwyn (2016) has written about the way that technology changes what teachers do and how we do it. For instance how much is technology used to monitor teacher’s performance, standardise our judgements and lead to a deprofessionalisation? How does it change the expectation to be always available to our students and to our managers? Selwyn’s analysis could be used to inform a critical investigation into the lived experiences of teachers.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

The project uses archive materials held by The Youth Association as the starting point for discussions of the work of organisations such as the Leeds Association of Girls’ Clubs and the West Riding Youth Association.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine the historical development of a particular area of the vocational curriculum. This might be in relation to a specific vocational or professional area (for example teacher education).

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine a range of policies in education (e.g.: in relation to teacher recruitment; principal development) and how these influence/ impact the practice of school leadership.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project will seek to investigate how educators in case study settings are interpreting and implementing the ‘Prevent legal duty’ and what pedagogical approaches they are taking to counter the attraction of extremist ideologies for young people

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project seeks to clarify the extent to which professional practice in community development or/and work with children and young people is informed by professional values, in particular the ethic of love. This project can be collaborative in nature, allowing for multiple professional perspectives and international contexts to be incorporated into the enquiry.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project, which would be defined in detail in dialogue with the potential candidate, would examine how EFL teachers develop their assessment practices and how they operationalize their assessment knowledge in the classroom.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

This project will investigate young peoples’ experiences of cross-ethnic contact, ethnic segregation and ethnic tensions in case study settings. It will also examine the design, content and impact of policy and practice approaches to promoting greater community cohesion and positive cross-ethnic community contact and regard amongst young people.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project.

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

The project aims to explore ways in which the cultural outlooks, held by young people from Roma communities, have an impact on their attitudes to education. It also seeks to identify the extent to which detached youth work methods have potential to play a part in altering attitudes.

Funding

There is no funding associated with this project

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

The main topic areas that can be supervised in the subject area are:


• Policy
• Professional Identities
• Pedagogies

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.

You will need to complete a research proposal in the region of 500 words outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

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.

We offer our postgraduate research students high quality supervision and in the Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) Education at Huddersfield consistently scored higher than the average for all other Universities.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research support

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies 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.

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.

Important information

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When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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