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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    Research Only

  • Course Fees

    FT £4,400 p/a
    PT £2,235 p/a

    If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

  • Last Updated

    11 July 2019

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 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 .

The approved programme of training and research combines advanced study, research methodology and a substantial research project, or series of research projects in a chosen field.

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 write up your findings in the form of a short thesis not normally exceeding 25,000 words (excluding ancillary data), 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).

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:

  • A Semi-Analytical Approach to Determining Velocity Profiles in the Near to Middle Distance Behind A Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine
  • Aerodynamic characterisation and design optimisation of vertical axis wind turbines for sustainable urban environments.
  • Capture techniques for the optimal 3D auralisation of environmental soundfield in VR
  • Characterisation of Multi-component and Multi- phase flows through complex industrial systems.
  • Characterisation of the dynamic behaviour of vortex rings to optimise the cooling process in a prilling tower. Attach
  • Dedicated smart sensors for railway vehicles and infrastructure health monitoring
  • Development of High Temperature Impact Resistant polymers, and mathematical modelling techniques for their analysis.
  • Development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics based model for online monitoring of pollution leak for risk mitigation
  • Development of a non-invasive flow metering system for the single phase and multiphase flow measurement.
  • Development of an abrasive machining method to the surface structuring of novel technical materials
  • Development of data analysis and display tools for autonomous sensor systems: Application for monitoring mountain snowpack and Arctic sea ice
  • Energy Harvesting Conversion Mechanisms for Railway Applications
  • High Temperature Phase change materials for turbine temperature control
  • High temperature 3D fabrics for ballistic containment
  • Inverse design of wind turbine blades' surfaces and shape for ice accretion resistance
  • Mix Visualisation
  • Railway vehicle suspension health monitoring by experimental modal analysis and data fusion
  • Simulation based inverse design of functional surfaces incorporating artificial roughness exposed to fluid flow
  • Surface topography characterisation methods for the manufacturing, functioning and metrology of additively manufactured components
  • The independent roles of early and late reflections on auditory source distance and externalisation for virtual reality audio
  • Ultra low power wireless sensor network (WSN) platform for railway infrastructure monitoring

We offer supervision to PhD level in a wide range of areas where we are carrying out state of the art research.

The School of Computing and Engineering has three institutes and a number of research centres and groups that cover a diverse range of topics within Mechanical and Electronic Engineering:

• Institute of Railway Research

• Turbocharger Research Institute

• Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

• Institute for Accelerator Applications

• Centre for Efficiency and Performance Engineering

• Centre for Precision Technologies

• Adaptive Music Technologies Research Group

• Energy, Emissions and the Environment Group

• Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis Group

• Measurement and Data Analysis Group

• Electron Microscopy and Materials Analysis Group

• Automotive and Marine Engineering Research Group

• Music Technology and Production Research Group

• Systems Engineering Research Group

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.


Visit the Engineering (MSc by Research) page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

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