Business and Management Studies (MA by Research) 2017-18

This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A Master's by Research (MA) 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 full-timebasis 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.

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 and this 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).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team who will advise and support you on your project.


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

Duration:

The maximum duration for a full time MA by Research is 12 months with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable).

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

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.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
(Re)Defining Tourism
Outline
Traditional definitions of tourism as involving particular concepts of activity, space, time and distance are increasingly being challenged by new concepts, such as online and virtual reality tourism, as well as re-exploring traditional forms of tourism, such as domestic. This project will focus within this field and enrich understanding of what may be considered tourism and what the implications of this may be. Knowledge of evolving conceptualisations of tourism should be demonstrated in a proposal. Likewise a specific focus for research within this topic. Anticipated methodology and research contribution should be outlined.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Commercialisation and its impact on Higher Education
Outline
Widening participation and commercialisation in HE has transformed UK HE into what is essentially a mass system. The implications are widespread and potentially impact almost every facet of the industry. Institutions are now operating in a competitive environment and as such creating tensions between the need to be economically viable and traditional functions such as teaching, research and academic integrity. I am particularly interested in the impacts on academics and the learning environment.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Committees, sustainability and governance in education
Outline
Committees are at the heart of good governance at a time of strategic challenge for leadership in Further Education. Colleges have had choice in committee structure when the sector faces unprecedented cuts to budgets, changing demographics and learning technologies. The proposal should consider database creation with objectives for semi-structured interviews to investigate governance in the non-profit sector in a period of change. It will determine how models of good practice and governance can be investigated and compared. What are the experiences of key players (Principal/Chief Executive, Chair and Clerk)? Can other sectors and industries learn from the FE ‘experiment’?
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Corporate governance, transparency and disclosure, executive and non- executive directors.
Outline
Corporate governance is the systems and actions that underpin the processes that boards work to. It provides transparency, accountability and has strong links with executive and non-executive directors’ performance and efficiency. By examining links between this and the corporate environment, we can gain a better understanding as to the positive aspects that may influence excellent company performance.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
How Does a Multinational Company’s Home Country Matter?
Outline
The project should expand theories and models of the multinational enterprise by explaining how the home country affects the internationalisation of the firm. This includes not only analyses of emerging market multinational companies (EMNCs), but also studies of advanced country multinational companies (AMNCs) as well as comparisons of the behaviour of EMNCs and AMNCs. This can also include an investigation of the impact of different controversial issues in the contemporary global business environment, such as Brexit, on the internationalisation of firms from/to relevant regions/countries.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Initial public offerings, underpricing and the context of the corporate lifecycle of the firm.
Outline
There are multiple perspectives around why companies float for the first time (initial public offering) and how the prices for the first day of trading are set. There are also signals that can be sent to future investors, certification aspects and other provisions to limit information asymmetry at this time, yet there is still ambiguity around what drives underpricing and short term performance in many contexts and many countries.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Narcissism and Sustainability
Outline
Narcissism normalisation supposes that narcissistic tendencies are becoming increasingly prevalent in modern societies. Potential implications of this include individual and wider societal problems including an undermining of sustainability. Proposals should identify and justify a context for investigating narcissism normalisation. The significance of this context from a sustainability perspective should be overviewed. Likewise the expected contribution to enriching sustainability theory. Proposals should additionally provide a framework methodology appropriate to researching narcissism.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Student retention and student engagement
Outline
The retention of students in HE has been one of the most researched topics in the industry. There is a history of such research extending back to the early part of last century in the US. In the UK interest really emerged as widening participation gained pace. Students who leave represent a loss for the institution in terms of money and reputation but there remains little evidence for solutions that work. I am particularly interested in the following: Measuring retention initiative impact Experience of different groups-international, home, BME Systemic impacts on retention
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Consumption
Outline
This is a broad topic but current issues within the field with potential for research and publication include generation Y’s attitudes towards sustainable and responsible consumption and behaviours therein. Generation Y are emerging as the next great consumer cohort. They appear to place great significance on tourism, and prioritise particular forms of and experiences therein. A proposal in this area should framework an achievable research methodology for developing understanding of sustainable and responsible consumption. This is a crowded field so needed is a clearly defined research focus outlining the literature gap engaged with and expected contribution to theory and practice.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply
The Internationalisation of Firms from Central and East European Economies (or from other Emerging Markets and similar contexts)
Outline
Following their opening in the 1990s, Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies have experienced profound changes in their institutional frameworks. The aim of this project is to expand research on the international activities of CEE firms. In doing so, a better understanding of the interactions between the institutional context and a firm’s internationalisation strategy can be achieved. Similar topics which can expand theories and models of the multinational enterprise (and international business in general) are also welcomed, for example: The Internationalisation/strategies of Firms from China, India, Russia, Latin America, Central Asia, etc.
Eligibility
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on a MA 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.
Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline
Deadlines for applications can be found at the link below: http://www.hud.ac.uk/researchdegrees/howtoapply/
How to apply

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across a number of business and management subjects, including accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics.

Business and Management covers a broad range of subject areas across four departments:

•  Accountancy and Finance

•  Logistics, Operations and Hospitality Management

•  People, Management and Organisations

•  Strategy, Marketing and Economics

You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.

To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £4,165 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

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.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

Please visit our webpages to check if you are eligible for the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for University of Huddersfield graduates.

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

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.

The Business School has staff, research groups and a centre that conduct cutting-edge research across accounting and finance, logistics, operations and hospitality management, people, management and organisations, and strategic, marketing and economics topics.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research skills training

The Business School offers formal research training to its PGR students in the form of PG Certificate in Research Methods. Masters by research students can attend research methods topics delivered on the course in order to improve their research knowledge and skills, but will not be expected to partake in the formal assessments that lead to the award of a PG Certificate in Research Methods.

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. 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.


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