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).
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 (https://research.hud.ac.uk/), where you will find information on each research area (https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-subjects/). To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff (http://www-old.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/)
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.
English language requirements
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 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.
Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.
Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£4647*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4647*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£4647*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
Additional fee information
For further information please visit https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding-studies/