Social Work and Social Policy (MSc by Research) 2017-18

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

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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
Analysis of the politics of child protection
Outline
Child protection has become a high profile political issue in many countries. Applications are encouraged from candidates who wish to analyse the development of child protection systems in different jurisdictions and the implications and impacts this may have for the different parties involved, including children, young people, adults and professionals and politicians.
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
Child protection
Outline
Examination of the extent and nature, causes and consequences, and responses to child abuse and neglect (CAN). CAN is defined widely to include all forms of this phenomenon; for example, bullying, criminal victimisation, FGM, forced marriage, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and exploitation, and witnessing domestic abuse. This work can be extended to include subjects relating to child welfare and child victimisation more generally.
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 and youth participation and active citizenship
Outline
Recent work in the field has shifted the focus beyond simplistic notions of children’s voice and consultation and instead has sought to contribute to both a broadening of the focus and deepening theoretical discourses of participation. These have been reflected for example in a focus on understanding participation as a relational activity, participation in everyday contexts, transformative potential of participation and youth styles and spaces of participation. Proposals are invited for PhD projects that contribute to developing discourses of children and young people’s participation in the above or other new areas of inquiry. These may include youth agency and empowerment; identities and active citizenship; youth activism and alternative/news spaces and styles of youth participation; the politics of youth participation in practice; peer- to-peer roles; implementing children’s participatory rights; developing cultures of child and youth participation in organisations and communities; the participation of children as services users and experts by experience; the interface between child and youth ‘(sub)cultures’ and participation.
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 children and family services
Outline
Faced with unprecedented change as a result of austerity and changing relationships between public, private and voluntary/community sectors, there is an increasing imperative for critical academic discourses to counteract creeping privatisation, managerialism and the erosion of the ‘public’ value and moral authority underlying children and family services. At the same time there is increasing emphasis being placed on effectiveness in children and family services in terms of impact and outcomes that matter to children and families giving rise to new models and approaches to new alignments between children and families and public sector institutions. Applications are sought for PhD study that focus on conceptualising and theorising new models of children and family services. These may include studies that contribute to rethinking ‘new’ theories and models of child and family service policy and practice; evaluate effectiveness in terms of impact and outcomes for children and families; focus on approaches to learning and change in children, youth and family services including the use of action research and participatory approaches; the role of children and young people as service providers (eg through peer-to-peer approaches); children as service users and experts by experience; voluntary and community based initiatives to support and services for children and families; developing cultures of children’s participation and shared decision making in child and family services.
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
Sexuality and social work practice
Outline
An analysis of how sexuality is conceptualised within social work practice in relation to a service user group or field.
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
Youth transitions and active citizenship: Young people not in employment, education and training
Outline
Youth transitions are becoming more complex and ‘risky’ as a result of global restructuring and a collapse of the youth labour market. At the same time traditional opportunities for political and economic participation are becoming less attractive to young people with the result that transitions for many young people are becoming increasingly more precarious and challenging for an increasing proportion of young people, especially those on the margins at risk of social exclusion. Proposals are invited for studies that explore the realities, strategies and trajectories of young people on the margins, in particular which provide insights into the ‘inner logics’ of young people; research that explores the disjunctions between the dreams and aspirations of young people and the socio-structural realities in which they find themselves; studies of interventions and initiatives that seek to make a difference with marginalised young people; research into the limitations of normative models of youth, youth transition and participation; studies that explore what participation and empowerment mean for young people who are socially excluded; and studies that explore the impact of social exclusion on young people’s health and wellbeing.
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 Research Skills Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Skills Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies 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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