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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

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Postgraduate study with

one big plus after another INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED RESEARCH MEDIEVAL TO CONTEMPORARY BRITISH EUROPEAN GENDER ORAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE STUDENT SATISFACTION INSPIRING HIGH ACHIEVING HERITAGE PARTNERS PUBLIC HEALTH HISTORY CO-PRODUCTION

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WELCOME History at Huddersfield has a strong reputation for student satisfaction – we’re consistently highly rated in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey. We have research strengths across a broad chronological range, from the medieval to the contemporary world. Our vibrant postgraduate community fosters key relationships with external partners, including The Hepworth Wakefield and English Heritage. History staff members are active researchers in their disciplines, regularly hosting international history conferences on campus. We encourage our students to think about how their studies have real-world relevance and how they enhance career development.

Dr Sarah Bastow Head of History

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STUDY WITH US

Our long-standing reputation for internationally excellent research combines established specialisms in gender, labour and health history with cutting-edge interests in identities, battlefield archaeology, oral and public history. The History department at Huddersfield is run by a dedicated and highly-specialised team of historians, all of whom are published in their field and have achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy*. We maintain close links with local, regional and national museums, including the Leeds Museums and Galleries and the National Coal Mining Museum and have working partnerships with the National Trust and English Heritage. The AHRC-funded Heritage Consortium links our students with those from six other institutions in Yorkshire and the North-East and acts as a focus for a range of academic and training opportunities, many involving our heritage sector partners.

January 2017 sees the opening of our new Oastler Building, with flexible teaching and study spaces, complemented by the latest audiovisual technology and collaborative learning facilities. There are a wealth of resources via the University Library and Summon, with subscription to important primary sources online. Our University Archive contains specialist collections including the papers of Liberal MP and Speaker of the House of Commons JH Whitley, statistician GH Wood, collections on health, Methodism, cricket and rugby league, labour movement newspapers, and the British Music Collection. There’s easy access to museums, archives and libraries in Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Sheffield and York.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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We host a series of high profile public lectures each year, ranging from talks by politicians such as John Bercow, MP and Andy Burnham, MP, to the JH Whitley annual lecture in honour of the local 20th Century Speaker of the House of Commons, and the annual Luddite Memorial Lecture. Huddersfield also has its own peer reviewed journal, Postgraduate Perspectives on the Past: eprints.hud.ac.uk/journal/pph/ about.html and our Historians at Work blog: http://blogs.hud. ac.uk/subject-areas/historiansat-work/


Three reasons to choose History at Huddersfield

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The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (REF2014) judged 100% of our staff’s work to be internationally recognised.

The expertise of our staff ranges from medieval to contemporary history, with particular strengths in British, gender and oral history.

We have received research funding from bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.

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History postgraduate study

The MA by Research is a one year full-time course. You work on a specific project with expert supervision from a member of the History team, producing a dissertation of about 25,000 words. Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually, spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day and ranging in specialisms from gender history, oral history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, to social history, public history and battlefield archaeology. As individuals we are specialists in our fields which include topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War. Go to hud.ac.uk/research/history/ staff for more information about these and other projects. Some of our research is supported by funding from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute and the Leverhulme Trust. As a postgraduate, you’ll have access to University funding to support research trips and conference attendance. You’ll also have opportunities for career development by involvement in undergraduate teaching and supporting staff research projects. The annual History Postgraduate Conference is organised by our students and regularly attracts postgraduates from across the UK to present papers and share their research in a friendly and lively environment.

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“I progressed onto my Master’s by Research with funding from the Heritage Consortium, after doing my undergraduate course here at Huddersfield. The History postgraduate community is friendly and welcoming, encouraging academic professionalism to develop in a supportive environment. The weekly Graduate Seminars allow for the flow of different ideas and experiences which we can call on for our own research. One of my highlights was a heritage study trip to Budapest where I presented my research to staff and students at Central European University – a nerve-racking but beneficial experience.” Martyn Richardson History MA by Research


History MA by Research

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, with an optional writing up period of 4 months

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.

Our Master’s by Research offers the chance for indepth research in any of our specialist fields and our staff work closely with you to develop a suitable topic and supervise your research. Alternatively you can choose to take one of our two themed Master’s by Research, on the History of Childhood or on Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage, which involve dedicated workshops and training to develop a suitable topic. Our staff also provide you with regular one-to-one supervision. MA by Research in the History of Childhood What were children’s lives like in the past? Join us to explore the fascinating history of childhood in partnership with the curators of the children’s collections at the Abbey House Museum (part of Leeds Museums and Galleries). Our museum study days and privileged access to museum collections support research into all aspects of childhood - health, education, play, work, wartime childhoods and family life. The course is led by Dr Rebecca Gill (who specialises in the history of childhood in Britain) and Dr Lindsey Dodd (historian of childhood in France). We’ll train you in finding and using relevant archival collections, oral histories of childhood, and the interpretation of documents and childhood artefacts. “I’m really looking forward to working with the University of Huddersfield and their students on the new MA by Research in the History of Childhood. It will be a chance for the students to learn more about using original sources and historic material, whilst giving them a chance to share their ideas and research with us.”

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

“Children’s past lives and voices matter - your research will put them on the historical record.” Dr Lindsey Dodd Lecturer in History

Nicola Pullan Assistant Curator of Social History, Leeds Museums and Galleries

MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage This innovative new Master’s is aimed at graduates interested in developing their hands-on history skills. It draws on staff interests in oral histories, public histories, public engagement and the co-production of historical research and knowledge. You explore theories and methodologies and have opportunities to work in partnership with ‘real world’ organisations. You work collaboratively and explore innovative ways to share your findings, including through digital technologies. Our postgraduates have worked in partnership on a diverse range of projects with the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds, the internationally recognised Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield and with Remploy, the disability and employment charity.

“This course is ideal for anyone interested in exploring the museum’s behind-the-scenes collections.” Dr Rebecca Gill Lecturer in History

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History MA by Research

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, with an optional writing up period of 4 months

Entry requirements • An Honours degree (2:1 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification.

According to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (REF2014), 100% of our research is internationally recognised with two thirds of this being internationally excellent or world-leading.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

The MA by Research in History is ideal for those wishing to develop their knowledge and expertise through indepth research and discussion. You can pursue any of our established research specialisms or join one of our two themed programmes of study, the MA by Research in the History of Childhood or the MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage. As well as one-to-one supervision from an expert in the field, a weekly Graduate Seminar provides a structured environment and the opportunity to explore a range of methodological and skills issues relating to the postgraduate study of history. New doctoral students also attend the Graduate Seminar, so it provides an opportunity for research students to get to know each other, and share ideas and findings. The areas covered in these sessions are designed to support the more focused reading students undertake with their supervisor. The Graduate Seminar aims to explore various ways of structuring and categorising research and covers the practical skills required for effective research. We also hold specialist sessions delivered by experts on areas such as institutional archives, visual sources, material culture, landscape and buildings, the press, oral history, heritage and co-production.

“The academics at Huddersfield have not only inspired me to extend my research focus, but have given me the confidence to speak about it not only in front of my peers, but also at an external conference.” Amelia Sceats History MA by Research

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The Graduate Seminar “As research students you’ll benefit from our weekly Graduate Seminar that develops your research skills and provides advice and guidance on building an academic career. Bringing together Master’s and Doctoral students, the sessions explore historiography and methods, enhanced research skills and practical advice on applications, cv building and accessing resources. You also have the opportunity to present your research in a friendly and supportive environment. The sessions are supported by specialist workshops exploring themes critical to those working in different time periods, methodological approaches and with specialist sources.” Professor Barry Doyle Professor of Health History


History PhD

AT A GLANCE Duration 3 years full-time with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months 6 years part-time

As a Master’s or research student at Huddersfield, we’ll make sure we give you the tools to develop your skills and expertise as a researcher.

Entry requirements • A Master’s degree or an honours degree (2:1 or above) from a UK university or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit hud.ac.uk/courses

We welcome our PhD researchers into a vibrant community of around thirty postgraduates. According to the most recent Research Exercise (REF2014), 100% of research produced by historians at Huddersfield is internationally recognised, and two thirds of this is internationally excellent or worldleading. We work together on projects within three key research themes which reflect our distinctive expertise and interests: • The material cultures of the medieval and early modern periods • The history of health, welfare and wellbeing • The co-production of historical research projects and outputs with non-academic partners.

“I’ve used the University’s research bursaries to fund several conferences throughout my PhD, presenting papers most recently in Lisbon, Winchester, Cardiff and Hull, which has helped to raise my profile within the field.” Emma Levitt History PhD

New doctoral students also attend the Graduate Seminar which gives you the opportunity explore a range of methodological and skills issues relating to the postgraduate study of history. We also hold more specialised workshops for postgraduates from other universities. For example, a series of training events for PhD researchers exploring methods of co-production in historical research was initiated in 2015 and now meets three times a year.

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History research at Huddersfield

Alongside your academic studies we believe in offering you the opportunity to stretch yourself by gaining experience in the professional world, whether that is through our networking connections or through your own contacts. At Huddersfield we see our students as researchers – as partners in the development of knowledge with academic staff. Our extensive work with other universities and external organisations enhances and extends our public engagement, as we collaborate with heritage and community partners on a national and international scale. Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield’s historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of gender history, oral history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology.

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As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War. We play a full part in The Heritage Consortium, which promotes research into all aspects of heritage and are active members of The North of England Consortium for Arts and Humanities.


Our research groups

Working with outside partners and supported by funding from the AHRC, ESRC, the Wellcome Institute, and the Leverhulme Trust, our historians have produced work of international excellence.

Here are some examples of the work they have undertaken: ‘Mixing It’ – a project by Professor Wendy Webster which led to an exhibition in partnership with the Imperial War Museum North investigating Britain’s experience of diversity during the Second World War. ‘The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400 -1600’ – Dr Katherine Lewis and Dr Sarah Bastow’s conference coinciding with the 1517-2017 anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

The Centre of Health Histories This centre brings together staff from across the University to study the impact of disease, environment, humanitarianism and health services on quality of life in the past and its relevance to the present. The Arms and Armour Research Institute The Institute consists of a multidisciplinary team of academic experts spanning History, Archaeology, Forensic and Materials Science.

The Academy for British and Irish Studies The Academy promotes the study of the making and unmaking of national identities in the ‘British World’ and Ireland; a collaborative venture between Politics, Sociology, Education, Art, Design and Architecture, English, Music and History. For an introduction to our research areas, including profiles of the research staff and their areas of interest for supervision, please visit: hud.ac.uk/research/history

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LIFE ON CAMPUS

The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment. Located on one campus site, you’ll have access to a wide range of learning resources and social amenities.

You can’t help but be inspired by our location. There’s innovative new buildings and converted mills alongside a canal, tree lined towpath walk and old bridges, all just a stone’s throw away from the shops and services in the town centre.

Library The Library offers a productive environment with spaces across the five floors to reflect the way you work. We also provide online access to an extensive range of library resources, from wherever you are, providing flexibility for those times when you can’t make it onto campus. If you are returning to study from work or raising a family it may have been a few years since you were in an academic library; our librarians will help you get the most out of the facilities and are on hand to help you find and access a huge amount of learning material. Student Central Student Central is a £22.5m hub that combines access to the Library, computing, sport, leisure and eating space all under one roof. Our fully equipped sports facilities, run by Team Hud, feature a state-of-the-art gym, badminton courts and studios which host over 60 classes per week. The ground floor of Student Central is home to our support services including, careers, finance and international support. On the first floor you’ll find our Students’ Union offering opportunities to get involved in the social life of the University.

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APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to continue your journey as a postgraduate student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply. You can make an online application for full-time courses, both taught and research. Simply visit hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/ howtoapply and complete our online application form.

If you’d like to speak with us about a specific course or would like to discuss part-time options, please see the ‘Get in Touch’ section below. Our tutors and course teams would love to chat with you about your interests and ambitions. We look forward to hearing from you.

GET IN TOUCH Course enquiries School of Music, Humanities and Media

Admissions team Tel. 01484 473969 Email. aro@hud.ac.uk

01484 472375 mhmpostgrad@hud.ac.uk @Historyathud

Research team Tel. 01484 473503 Email. researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

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Important Information – This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at hud.ac.uk/courses

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