What will I learn?

About 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 degrees are also ideal for individuals who are in industrial or commercial employment and who wish to undertake Research and Development on a part-time basis to solve problems or develop enhancements for their work purposes. In such cases it is generally possible to construct a Master's by Research project whereby the candidate works closely with one or more members of University staff who provide the specialist knowledge and supervisory input, whilst enabling the candidate to access the vast equipment and information resources of the University.

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 will 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 doctoral research degree (PhD).

Which department am I in?

University of Huddersfield

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,000.00 (US$ 22,022) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

17 January 2022, 25 April 2022, 5 July 2022, 19 September 2022, 16 January 2023, 17 April 2023, 3 July 2023

Venue

University of Huddersfield

Queensgate,

Huddersfield,

Kirklees,

HD1 3DH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Bachelor degree with a GPA between 2.7 and 3.2. All applicants are considered individually and alternative qualifications may be acceptable. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual postgraduate degree programmes.

For international students

Entry requirements The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MSc by Research is an Honours degree (2:1 or above) in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed or an equivalent professional qualification. 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 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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