Nursing and Midwifery (MSc by Research) 2017-18

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

Come along to the Postgraduate Study Fair on Tuesday 7 March, 3-6pm to find out more.

The Research Degree

A Master's by Research (MSc) allows you to undertake a 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 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).


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 part time MSc by Research is 24 months with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring.You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

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 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.

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
Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Clinical Practitioner
Outline
Advanced Practice has been developing in the UK since the early 1990s. There are many clinicians working in this field yet the research in the UK remains limited, focusing mainly on patient satisfaction and cost savings. This topic is at the forefront of healthcare and needs to be more fully evaluated.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) Expanded or advanced practice - what is the future role of the APN and specialised nursing generally?
Outline
Transferability of all research topics and how it produces change in clinical practice. There is also an important issue to research looking at the sociology of medicine and how the prescriber and APN is situated in the ‘professions’. Building capacity is also important - nurses and allied health professionals are being encouraged nationally to expand their practice. How do we build capacity in the undergraduate phase of their careers to facilitate advanced skills?
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Children’s nursing
Outline
Qualitative studies in the field of children’s nursing: subject areas – law and ethics, cultural issues
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Communication for women/partners and midwives during labour
Outline
Care and communication between women, partners and midwives during labour and birth.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Decision making in dementia care
Outline
People with dementia and their families and carers have to make complex decisions about how and where they wish to be cared for. This project could consider the experiences of the person with dementia together with their family (in pairs) or focus on either the person or their family/carer experience.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Decision making in stroke care
Outline
People with stroke and their families and carers have to make complex decisions about how and where they wish to be cared for. This project could consider the experiences of the person with stroke, together with their family (in pairs) or focus on either the person or their family/carer experience.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Developing the competencies of educators who utilise simulation-based learning strategies
Outline
A review of the literature was conducted as the first phase of an international project to study the competencies of nurse educators who use Simulation-Based Education (SBL). Later, this project continued with the funding of a grant from the European Union (EU) to develop the competencies for nurse educators to integrate SBL into curriculum delivery. Laerdal, a major medical equipment manufacturer including medical simulators, have since adopted this framework to offer the educators who utilise SBL. The international project team are continuing with this development and are currently (2016) in a collaborative working relationship with Laerdal to develop the research.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Experiences of transition from student to newly qualified health care professional
Outline
Qualitative studies and literature reviews on the experiences of transition and preparation for transition Preceptorship programmes.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Exploring clinical leadership in midwifery
Outline
Using a critical ethnographic approach. I have also employed Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice as a lens through which to view my findings. I am interested in Bourdieu’s research tools and critical stance.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Health care/social care professionals’ facilitation of decision making in dementia care
Outline
People with dementia and their families and carers have to make complex decisions about how and where they wish to be cared for. This project will examine the experiences of health and/or social care professionals in the facilitation of decision making in the care of individuals with dementia.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Health professional education
Outline
Evaluation and outcomes studies – teaching and learning strategies in health professional education, learning theory
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Healthcare/social care professionals’ facilitation of decision making in stroke care
Outline
People with stroke and their families and carers have to make complex decisions about how and where they wish to be cared for. This project will examine the experiences of health and/or social care professionals in the facilitation of decision making in the care of individuals with stroke.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
How mentors influence student learning in pre-registration nursing curricula
Outline
Exploration of the role of the mentor and influence on student learning.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Humanitarianism and nursing identity
Outline
Humanitarian work has always been associated with nursing practice. This study would use an oral history methodology to explore the place of humanitarian work in the life and identity of nurses.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Improving patient-health professional communication and the provision of health related information for patients
Outline
Patients and their families often have difficulty in understanding health related information provided to them by health professionals. In this program of work we aim to improve communication, patient education and the provision of health related information to patients and their families using innovative technology. Students will gain experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Improving the quality of healthcare services using patients’ stories
Outline
Patients and their families provide important feedback that can be used to inform the development and improvement of health services. In this programme of work we aim to explore different approaches to this process in clinical practice settings. Students will gain experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) education and practice
Outline
Microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, behaviour change, human factors, infusion therapy and vessel health – practice/theory/education.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Injury surveillance
Outline
I am currently studying a PhD and my current working title is: Injury surveillance in touch rugby. I would be interested in receiving MSc applications from students looking at injury surveillance, injury prevention, sports related topics.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Medicines Management What are the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to develop the competent healthcare practitioner undertaking medicines management?
Outline
Transferability of all research topics and how it produces change in clinical practice. There is also an important issue to research looking at the sociology of medicine and how the prescriber and APN is situated in the ‘professions’. Building capacity is also important - nurses and allied health professionals are being encouraged nationally to expand their practice. How do we build capacity in the undergraduate phase of their careers to facilitate advanced skills?
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Non Medical Prescribing The outcomes of nurses/allied health professionals as prescribers. Outcomes on clinical practice, health of the service user, comparison to existing services.
Outline
Transferability of all research topics and how it produces change in clinical practice. There is also an important issue to research looking at the sociology of medicine and how the prescriber and APN is situated in the ‘professions’. Building capacity is also important - nurses and allied health professionals are being encouraged nationally to expand their practice. How do we build capacity in the undergraduate phase of their careers to facilitate advanced skills?
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Patient experience and outcomes of a diabesity care pathway in a district NHS Foundation Trust, review of the role and intervention of the Primary Care Nurse.
Outline
Review the supporting context of nursing pre entry on to a bariatric hospital diabesity programme
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Primary Care
Outline
Primary Care continues to provide most first line services to patients. Additionally funding is being provided to bring many services out of secondary care into primary care providing health care at the point of need, closest to home. Many aspects of Primary Care can be researched and evaluated to provide up to date knowledge of how these changes impact patient care.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Psychological interventions for people with chronic health conditions
Outline
Development of accessible and innovative psychological interventions for people living with long-term physical health problems.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Public and patient involvement/co-production
Outline
The project would need to involve exploration of the diverse area of public and patient/service user and carer involvement or co-production in either health and social care or health and social care education
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Spirituality in health and social care
Outline
Spirituality is defined as what gives ‘hope, meaning and purpose’ and is the basis of holistic care. Patients often find their spirituality is adversely impacted when facing illness and/or crisis. Studies in this area are still limited and there is great scope to study this subject in relation to patient care, clinical practice and organisational approaches.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Supporting stroke patients with eating and drinking
Outline
I am currently working towards my own PhD in ‘An in-depth inquiry into how stroke patients are supported with eating and drinking in stroke units’, but would be in a position to support the supervision of projects in topics around stroke illnesses and delivery of patient nutrition.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
The nurse's role in the relationship between patients and their carers
Outline
Frequently the therapeutic relationship between a nurse and patient includes other carers. This study would explore the ways in which the ethics of care are expressed and managed in such dynamic settings.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply
Type 2 Diabetes and primary care. Risk Communication. Grounded Theory Methodology. Case Study Methodology.
Outline
Studies which are related to risk communication, patient perceptions of diabetes, including acute and long-term complications and psychosocial impact of type 2 diabetes. Also, studies which take place in primary care settings, particularly where the methodology is grounded theory or uses a case study approach.
Eligibility
First or upper second class honours degree from a UK University (or equivalent)
Funding
Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available
Deadline
Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/
How to apply

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. Find out more about the research priorities of the School on this website.

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 part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (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 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

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.

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.

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.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research programme

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work which you will develop within the first few months of commencement of study, in conjunction with your supervisor. Whilst undertaking the research project, under the supervision of the supervisor, will also develop your research skills.

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).

Research skills training

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.

Research supervision

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.


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