Sociology (MSc by Research)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Experience a thriving research community where your studies will benefit from our research strengths, in areas such as gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, the body, nationalism and identity.

Start date

17 September 2018

7 January 2019

29 April 2019

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time MSc 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 (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.

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

This topic concerns the ways in which people living in South Asian countries and those in the Asian diaspora ‘do’ alternative genders and sexualities (eg Hijra, gay, or bisexual). There is a need for greater understanding of generational issues (first, second etc generation), the impact of socio-economic class, and caste, faith, and ethnic factors. The PhD will address some of these issues, with fieldwork taking place either in one of the Asian countries and/or in a diasporic country such as England.

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

Any research on the social and ethical implications of Assisted Conception practices and policies.

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

This PhD will develop knowledge about the experiences of people who identify as bisexual and Black and Minority Ethnic, based either in the UK or in another country. It will be carried out in liaison with bisexual community members, and BAME applicants from these communities would be particularly welcome to apply. The project could have an emphasis on community building, or on wider LGBTI networks.

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

This applied PhD will involve firstly conducting research with bisexual people (those who identify as bisexual and others whose behaviour can be interpreted as bisexual) to understand more about the issues they face in healthcare settings, and then conducting policy analysis and research with healthcare professionals to ascertain what could help them to deliver better care. The PhD will be set within a conceptual framework of critical sexuality studies.

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

Computer assisted qualitative data analysis (CAQDAS) has developed over the last 25 years as a common technology in qualitative data analysis (QDA). For many enthusiasts of CAQDAS it should have encouraged and supported new and powerful ways of analysing qualitative data. Has it done that? Or has technology had a more subtle or subversive impact on the way qualitative analysis is done?

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

Across the world the protection of children from abuse and neglect is receiving considerable attention. I have worked as a practitioner and manager in this area as well as researched extensively on the topics of family perspectives, system reform and gender issues. I have supervised in the areas of fathering, children’s rights and adoption.

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

There is increasing concern over how, when, or indeed if, young people should learn about sex and relationships. This research could explore how cyp learn about sex, relationships and/or sexuality and the support they might be offered. It could focus on male, female or lgbt cyp.

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

Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many people on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could develop understandings about the formation of prejudice and exclusion motivating populist narratives/politics across the continent. It could interrogate the contemporary conceptualisation and dominant narratives of ‘the migrant’ and the ways in which these might be gendered. It could consider how stories are formed and how they become fixed (media, public and policy/legal narratives), and include the contestatory ‘stories’ of ‘migrants’ themselves. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

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

Supervisors

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Outline

Increasingly, performance theatre/the creative arts are being used as a method of conveying health-related information, particularly where dementia is concerned. This study will examine what impact performance theatre has on audiences. Specifically, it will investigate whether their knowledge and understanding about dementia changes.

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

Egg sharing is a third-party assisted reproductive treatment developed in the 1990s. Women who agree to become egg share donors share their eggs with up to two recipients; in return the donor receives subsidised/free treatment. Children born to a donor following egg sharing may have genetically related half-siblings born to the egg recipient(s). This project will seek to examine whether donors and recipients intend to tell their children about the way in which they were conceived. It will also explore whether donors and recipients know that their child has half-sibling(s) living and what influence this has on their decision to share information.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

A growing number of children and young people in the United Kingdom are being diagnosed with food allergies. This project would examine the impact that a food allergy diagnosis has on the family. It would also seek to examine what support families receive post-diagnosis .

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

  1. The intersection of gender-based violence with particular forms of marginalisation and oppression (for example, the experiences of street or refugee children; increased vulnerability to GBV as a consequence of natural disasters or conflict; female perpetrators and male victims)
  2. Socio-cultural context of GBV in poor/middle-income countries
  3. Systems-based approaches, interventions and programming
  4. Computer games and intimate personal violence
  5. International comparative studies

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This topic concerns the role that social policy actors play in carrying out the implementation of legal and policy frameworks concerning LGBTI human rights. In particular, there is important work to be done regarding the ways that policy actors mediate the demands of different interest groups (eg faith-based, ethnicity-related, and sexual orientation-related) in a democratic context. Proposals are invited for research in this area, either cross-cultural work (eg a comparative European study) or in the UK context. Applications seeking to look at local governance (eg local authorities) or at national political spheres would be welcome.

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

Following recent cases of historic abuse we have seen a rise in the number of victims coming forward and identifying themselves as victims of historic abuse. This research could explore this issue from a number of perspectives – including adult victims, those who are accused; media coverage. It could focus on particular groups (of victims, perpetrators) or explore differences.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Whether in the form of domestic abuse or sexual assault, women (and children) are far more likely to be victims and men perpetrators. This research could explore any aspect of domestic abuse, interpersonal violence and sexual abuse/exploitation – and might look at different perpetrators or victims (such as based on gender, sexuality, ethnicity, dis/ability); responses to abuse; media coverage of abuse.

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

Topics invited that include:

Diversity across age, generation, ethnicity, class, gender, (dis)ability, nationality Generational change Homophobia Same-sex marriage and relationships Sexual fluidity LGBT parenting Ageing Coming out

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Non-binary gender identities are becoming more common in the UK and some other European countries. But more knowledge is needed about how it actually feels to be non-binary and how non-binary identities intersect with others (classed, raced, spatially-located etc) identities. This could form a PhD topic. An alternative approach would be looking at the policy implications of non-binary. Policy makers can find non-binary difficult to deal with and more knowledge would be useful.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Topics invited concerning trans* and non-binary gender identities (non-binary broadly understood as self-identifying as either both genders or neither). Indicative areas for research include:

Diversity across age, generation, gender assigned at birth, ethnicity, social class, (dis)ability, nationality. Diversity across community created identity 'labels' and understandings. Trans and non-binary sexualities and relationships. Inclusion and/or exclusion: in LGBT communities, trans politics, accessing and receiving health care. Parenting Ageing Coming out Transphobia

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Recent refugee ‘crises’ have prompted shifts in narratives, policy and practices about refugee protection and solidarity in Europe. In many contexts around the world, individuals, groups, communities, and Non-Government Organisations are the main providers of support and services to refugees. This research could look at the theories and practices of solidarity or action / participatory research. This research could explore how theories, narratives and practices of reflect and inform responses to refugees. It could include questions related to solidarity and if/how narratives about refugees construct or degrade solidarity. It could focus on cross-cultural comparisons of practices of solidarity/ action/ participatory research with refugees, that inform theorising on solidarity. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

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Supervisors

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Outline

This proposed research would examine the contemporary debates on communities in the United Kingdom.

Funding

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Deadline

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Supervisors

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Outline

Any research examining the impact of social representations on vulnerable groups

Funding

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Deadline

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Supervisors

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Outline

Any research examining the impact of social space on emotional state.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

The interactivity, sociality and openness of Web 2.0 technologies such as Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter makes possible a new set of online activities that sociologists might study. These include the social and political use of the Web and its use therapeutically (such as in self-help groups). However, one might ask, just how new these uses really are.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This project will consider the ways in which gender matters in the experiences of South Asian communities in Britain. It will examine the dominant and prevalent construction of masculinities and femininities within these diverse communities. It will also consider the impact of social change and generational differences through the examination of narratives and stories. Diverse ethnic and religious groups will be studied to help understand the multifaceted and evolving nature of gender and sexuality in South Asian communities.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This project will consider the differing ways in which South Asian masculinities are performed, enacted and experienced in contemporary Britain. It will consider the ways in which religion, gender, ethnicity, culture and race interact in the construction of masculinities and masculine identities.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Intolerant debates, exclusionary policy developments and punitive laws surrounding migration have meant that most ‘refugees’ have become a salient marker of ‘unwanted’ populations. With many women and/or children on the move across the globe, their rights, everyday lives and identities, and often their survival, is threatened. This research could explore the role of contemporary or dominant narratives in shaping stories told by and about women and/or children seeking asylum/refugees. It could include theory and practices of resistance and or action-based research approaches. It could focus on one topic such as detention, housing or asylum support. It could include an exploration of gender, sexuality, intersectionality etc. This topic will require critically aware, positional strategies of research.

Funding

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Supervisors

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Outline

The evidence base for teaching and learning in HE is very large (lots of journals etc publishing evaluations) but actually very poor quality. It suffers from some serious design flaws. Two things follow from this. First, are there ways that the quality could be improved – better design of research, better management of the results etc? Second, to what extent can we actually measure the impact of teaching approaches on learning?

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This project will consider the diverse ways in which people of South Asian descent mark, assert and define their identities in contemporary Britain. It will examine experiences of racism and difference, diversity and belonging, to consider how these impact on everyday lived experiences. Narratives and stories arising from different generations will be examined to help understand the multifaceted and evolving nature of South Asian ethnicities.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

We live in a world increasingly informed by therapeutic culture and encouraged to engage with self-help texts to increase our happiness and wellbeing. This research could explore any aspect of therapy/self-help literature – including how people might engage with this literature; the dominance of victim narratives; whether the use of self-help texts is gendered or informed by other identities. It could focus on one topic or ‘issue’ such as sexual abuse, confidence, sex, or adoption. This research could explore the role of contemporary or dominant stories for those trying to make sense of their lives and who they are. It could include an exploration of contemporary victim narratives or damage narratives but could also include other forms of narrative research and might include looking at gender, sexuality, ethnicity.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Watching video on the Internet is new but probably doesn’t involve any fundamental changes to the medium of video (although it might be argued that timeshifting and automatic scene skipping might have serious consequences for advertising). However, the ability of anyone to create and share video is new and might have widespread consequences for viewers as well as those in the video and film industry. Will this have an impact on what is considered to be entertainment?

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

More and more people are spending a long time online in virtual realities (such as MMORPGs and Second Life). Some have argued that these are promoting new forms of sociality and the development of new norms/rules/laws of behaviour. Others are more sceptical about the extent to which people in virtual realities are really separate from the real world.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This project will address the ways that educational and related (eg youth work) professionals support young people in developing sexual wellbeing and agency (choice), with a focus on people who identify as other than heterosexual, or as transgender and/or non-binary. The project will be run to complement wider relevant work being carried out by LGBTI community groups. It will be UK-focused.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

This research could explore: young people’s political engagement; community engagement and citizenship; youth political and social activism; and formal, informal and non-formal styles of participation.

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

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Supervisors

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Outline

Much technology is now being used to support learning in HE. Just what are the best ways to design such technology and to use it in, for example, reusable learning objects (RLOs)? What is the best user interface and best pedagogic design for RLOs? If we use communication technology in teaching and learning (eg online discussion groups and wikis) how do these work and do they promote different ways in which students communicate with each other?

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

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Supervisors

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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.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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 Research Skills Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Skills 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.

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