University of Huddersfield

Art and Design MSc by Research

A Master's by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) or two year (part-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 masters 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.

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’ll write up your findings in the form of a short thesis of around 25,000 words, which will then be examined. We also accept applications for projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. These include practice submissions with written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of your research.

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.

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 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. 

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:You may also want to design a project of your own. We very much welcome applications in the following broad research areas:

  • Cultural and Creative Practices
  • Art and Design Pedagogies
  • Cultural Education
  • Photographic Research Practices
  • Sculptural Thinking in Practice
  • Transdisciplinary Research in Art and Design
  • Eco-aesthetic Practices in Art and Design
  • Cultural Ecologies and Place-based Making
  • Criticalities in Cultural Studies
  • Crafting Community, Place and Identity
  • Engagements with New Technologies in and for the Public Realm
  • Art-science Relations
  • Design Ecologies
  • The Transdisciplinary Studio
  • Science Fiction and Architecture

Research Topics-
Reimagining Device and Interaction Design
User Experience Design

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