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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • 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

The MA by Research is a one year full time course of postgraduate study. Students taking this degree work on a specific project with expert supervision from a member of the Huddersfield History team. This project is written up as a dissertation of about 25,000 words and submitted at the end of the year. Please see below for the MA by Research topics offered for supervision by Huddersfield historians.

The MA by Research contains less formal teaching and more regular one to one supervision than a taught Masters course. The weekly Graduate Seminar provides a structured environment for the MA by Research. This gives MA by Research students the opportunity explore a range of methodological and skills issues relating to the postgraduate study of history. New doctoral students also attend the Graduate Seminar, so it provides an opportunity for research students to get to know each other, and share ideas and findings. The areas covered in these sessions are designed to support the more focused reading students undertake with their supervisor. The Graduate Seminar aims to explore various ways of structuring and categorizing research; for example, organizing concepts like gender, class and identity; sources and approaches like material culture, oral history and memory. It also covers the practical skills required for effective research. To support the regular seminar there are additional specialist sessions delivered by experts who work on specific temporal areas and who use particular methodologies.

MA by Research students also play a full part in History at Huddersfield’s research culture by attending the regular departmental research seminar held on Tuesday afternoons and other events like the Whiteley and Luddite Lectures. The annual Huddersfield History Postgraduate conference, held every summer, is organised and run by MA by Research and doctoral students. This attracts students from other universities across the UK and provides an important opportunity for sharing research, networking and career development.

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?

According to REF2014, 100% of research produced by historians at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or world-leading.We work together on projects within three key research themes which reflect our distinctive expertise and interests:

• The material cultures of the medieval and early modern periods • The history of health, welfare and well-being • The co-production of historical research projects and outputs with non-academic partners.

Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield’s historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of oral history, gender history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology. As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War.

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.

In the first instance please contact the member of staff whose project/s interest you and they will advise you on the completion of a research proposal, which forms part of the application.

We also offer the following MA by Research pathways:

MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage Masters by Research in the History of Childhood

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.

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.


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

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