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Postgraduate study at Huddersfield 2017/18

Social Sciences

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WELCOME You have made a great choice in considering postgraduate study in the Social Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. We pride ourselves on high quality teaching, excellent facilities, innovative research and strong partnerships. We have a thriving postgraduate research community supported by staff with outstanding research expertise. Some of our courses lead to professional registration or accreditation and are suitable for a wide range of applicants. You will be taught by expert staff committed to enabling you to reach your full potential and develop knowledge and skills in your chosen subject area.

Chris Gifford Head of Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences

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This fascinating subject area is ideal for those with an enquiring mind who are keen to understand people and the societies that shape them. It covers many facets of human behaviour, helping us form opinions, understand the human psyche and make a difference to the world around us. Whether you are from a psychology, health, social care or criminal justice background, our courses will offer you the opportunity to further develop and extend your particular area of specialism. The courses aim to increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge enabling you to practice at the leading edge of research and development. Interest areas are vast and include service user and carer perspectives, managing quality in the health and social care arena, offender profiling, and cognitive and developmental psychology. Recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of careers, including crime and intelligence, behavioural investigation, forensic lecturing and specialised positions within safeguarding. Our qualified social workers are employed in local social services departments, as well as within the voluntary, independent and none profit sectors.

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Teaching excellence When you choose to study one of our postgraduate courses, you’ll join a lively and diverse group engaged in cutting-edge international research, underpinned by first-class teaching by highly qualified and experienced tutors. Taught Our taught postgraduate courses will provide you with in-depth subject knowledge and a strong basis for your future career development. You will benefit from the academic and practitioner expertise of our staff and their profound knowledge of the problems and issues that face citizens in contemporary societies. Through applying social science research, concepts and theories to an array of complex issues, you will gain a fascinating insight into social problems and human behaviour. A strong emphasis is placed on developing student research skills, online support and blending seminar learning with practical activities. You will be able to investigate social problems and human behaviour, and gain a profound understanding of evidence-based policy and practice.

Research Research students benefit from membership of our research centres, within the Institute for research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS). Our staff have international reputations in their field and are actively engaged in research and scholarly activities, offering expert supervision within areas spanning counselling, criminology, politics, psychology, sociology and social work. They also engage in collaborative work with regional and national organisations, including Macmillan Cancer Support, NSPCC and UNICEF. Our active research community is particularly lively and students are encouraged to attend the vast programme of seminars delivered.

Three reasons to choose Social Sciences




Teaching is informed by internationally led research.

An applied approach enables students to make an impact in the real-world.

Professionally relevant skills are developed using the most advanced research methods. 5

PIONEERING BEHAVIOURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCE BASED RESEARCH The Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS) is the main overarching structure that supports, coordinates and promotes our research activities across the School of Human and Health Sciences. It includes Research Centres that address particular areas of study, and a number of more narrowly-focused Research Groups. Our Centres and Groups seek to develop and promote our international profiles within the broad areas of social work and public policy, politics, criminology, health sciences, psychology and investigative psychology, we strongly encourage collaboration across such groupings, in keeping with our multidisciplinary ethos. In addition, the School is a partner in cross-University research groupings, including the Academy for British and Irish Studies, the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, and Institute for Secure Societies. Our central research interests are organised around several core themes: • Contemporary citizenship • Evidence-based policy and practice for promoting health, welfare and crime reduction • Social and political identities • Applied social science theories and methodologies Staff and post-graduate researchers work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries to generate world-class research that provides a significant impact locally, nationally and internationally. Our current interests include: • Transport and crime • Alcohol violence and the night-time economy • Crime prevention through environmental design • Policing and investigating serious crime

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• Neighbourhood, land use, crime and crime prevention • Prisons, resettlement and re-offending • Child and family health and well-being, intergenerational relationships, child protection and abuse • Applied cognition - Neural and cognitive mechanisms of decision-making, Expertise and skill development in complex domains, Sense-making in complex human-technical systems • Applied qualitative psychology - Developing innovative qualitative methods for studying health and wellbeing, Developing visual methods in applied qualitative psychology • Education and professional development - Identity and transition to University, The design of teaching resources to improve learning • Health and wellbeing (physical and mental) - The role of relationships with significant others in health and wellbeing interventions, Promoting physical activity, Challenging heteronormative culture in health services, Individual issues in forensic mental health

• Childhood, youth, participation and citizenship • Identity narratives amongst people with nonbinary genders • The politics of identity • Offender Spatial Behaviour • Veracity Assessment in Forensic Contexts • Offender groups and offender management • Evaluating theoretical frameworks for crime prevention • Crime prevention, crime, disorder and policing, criminal cognitions, police and prison populations • Experiencing criminal justice

Professor Rachel Armitage carries out research on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Rachel focuses on the impact of the design of housing on levels of crime and offender decision-making, from design features to the layout of housing developments. In 2013, she published her first sole authored book, Crime Prevention through Housing Design: Policy and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize (2014). Rachel has worked closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to ensure the inclusion of security within building regulations. Whilst the Government’s Housing Standards Review (2012) was pushing for deregulation, she successfully lobbied to ensure that security is a mandatory requirement within building regulations. Professor Rachel Armitage Director of the Secure Societies Institute School of Human and Health Sciences

Houses exist for many decades, and once they are built there is little that can be done, without great effort and expense, to alter their design. Knowing which features of housing design attract and deter offenders, and ensuring that these factors are considered at the pre-planning stage avoids creating the crime hotspots of the future.

Dr Andrew Newton’s research examines the manifestations of crime patterns in place and time, how these relate to the built environment and societal activities and how to prevent crime opportunities. His particular specialisms include crime on public transport, crime in the night-time economy (NTE) and crime in crowded places. Andrew has worked with Transport for London and the British Transport Police to reduce crime on public transport. In 2014 he was invited as one of a panel of five experts convened to present oral evidence to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee: Security on the Railway Inquiry. This work has recently been replicated on the Rail Network in Los Angeles, California and Andrew was invited to help with its development. 

If you are interested in these areas of research and would like to study for a Masters by Research or a PhD you may be eligible for a fee-waiver scholarship at the University of Huddersfield. We also have a small number of competitive bursaries. For more information visit: Dr Andrew Newton Reader in Criminology School of Human and Health Sciences

Crime on public transport systems is afforded limited attention, yet for many, and often the most vulnerable, public transport provides access to a number of key services. My research aims to develop evidence based practical solutions to reduce crime and disorder on public transport systems, across the whole journey, from booking a ticket to arriving at the final destination. 7

Advanced Safeguarding MSc

AT A GLANCE Duration 1 year full-time 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

This course aims to meet the needs of the current practitioner working in the field of safeguarding, and has been designed in consultation with key health and social care employers and experts in the field of safeguarding.

• An Honours degree with one year’s post-qualifying experience in the field of safeguarding.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

Within this course there are three distinct areas of safeguarding you can specialise in; children and families, vulnerable adults and mental health. Working alongside professionals from other disciplines adds depth and alternative perspectives to debate and is incredibly advantageous to learning and networking. You’re provided with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the current state of knowledge, UK policy and practice in this area. You will have the opportunity to critically analyse, discuss and unravel the complexities involved in safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children and/or adults within the context of national law and policy. The course draws upon the latest knowledge and research from the expertise within our research centres. Service users and carers are engaged in the development and teaching of specific modules and provide you with many powerful and dynamic learning opportunities. You are encouraged to share your practice experience with others and to engage in processes of critical reflection and review.


Gill has a passion for ensuring the voice of children and young people is heard, and maintains this as a focus of her research and teaching. Gill draws on her years of experience to inform the postgraduate modules she delivers, focusing on communicating effectively with children, young people and vulnerable adults and ensuring that they remain the integral point in all research and teaching activities. “A postgraduate course is a way of drawing breath, re-engaging with learning and studying alongside people who understand.” Gill Kirkman Subject Leader in Social Work 9

Doctoral study (PhD)


Investigative Psychology MSc



3-4 years full-time 6-7 years part-time

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. Doctoral research enables individuals to pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which must provide evidence of original contribution to knowledge. The School of Human and Health Sciences has staff, Institutes and Research Groups that conduct cutting-edge research across a number of areas. Doctoral research will correspond to the research priorities of the following Institutes and their respective Research Centres. • • • • • • • • •

Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention Institute for Secure Societies Applied Criminology Centre Centre for Applied Childhood Youth and Family Studies Centre for Applied Psychological and Health Research Centre for Research in the Social Sciences International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology

• Ideally a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Criminology or other relevant disciplines will be considered.

• A  Master’s degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed. • Or an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed. • Or an 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

You are advised to take time to investigate the University’s research website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Possible research degree topics are discussed in more detail however, this is not intended to be exhaustive and proposals that bring together interests across these disciplinary areas are also welcomed.

Investigative psychology is the systematic science that developed out of early ‘offender profiling’ contributions by psychologists and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to police investigations and court cases. In recent years this sub-discipline has become an increasingly dominant area of forensic psychology. It is essentially concerned with the contributions that psychologists can make, through the application of methods, models and research, to investigative processes.

• Minimum overall grade of 2:1 (or its international equivalent) or the ability to complete a Master’s course at a higher level demonstrated through professional, vocational or other documented experience.

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This course is unique in that it is currently the only blended learning course of its kind in the UK. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is recognised as the first step towards Chartered Forensic Psychologist status in the UK for students who have Graduate Basis for Chartership. The course covers the full range of contributions that professional psychologists can make to investigative and legal processes, including; evaluating the validity of suspect or witness accounts, assessing the decision-making processes of detectives or jurors and developing profiling inferences about the likely characteristics of an offender and predicting their likely home location. You will benefit from the flexibility of the blended learning approach - a mixture of taught classes and distance online learning. Students are taught by a team of expert Investigative Psychologists with research experience in a number of current and developing criminological areas, such as Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation. Students are also taught by outside experts, from leading senior police officers to world renowned Forensic Science specialists.

“The University of Huddersfield provides an excellent and vibrant research atmosphere and a supportive environment.”

“Following my studies in Italy I decided that I wanted to further explore the field of Forensic Psychology. I moved to the UK to study the MSc in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield because of expertise on offer, the academics who teach on this course are specialists in their field, all of whom are supportive and approachable. Although it hasn’t been easy, my language skills have improved greatly and I feel I now understand the different academic system to that of my home country. I found this course extremely interesting and stimulating, so much that after graduation I decided to challenge myself further and conduct a PhD, on which I am investigating further the validity of the polygraph.”

Tim Dlamin Postgraduate Researcher

Anita Fumagalli PhD Researcher

A supervision team of up to three supervisors with relevant expertise and experience will ensure the research progress is informed by up to date subject knowledge and research developments. You can use the website to find out about the staff within these areas, you can view their academic profiles online on the Research and Institute web pages. As an active part of the research community, you will be able to attend seminars and conferences at the University and present at national and international conferences.

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“The support I received has been phenomenal and I would have no hesitation in recommending Huddersfield.” Dawn Wibberley Postgraduate Researcher

This course aims to provide in-depth expertise in all aspects of Investigative Psychology as developed by the originator of the discipline Professor David Canter. Investigative Psychology has a strong research emphasis, helping to equip you with the expertise to conduct your own crime research projects in diverse professional contexts. 11

Master’s by Research (MSc Res)


Psychology MSc



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

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A Master’s by Research (MSc Res) allows you to undertake a one year (full-time) research degree which contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter period of time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.


• The normal entry requirements include 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.

This course provides a high quality, broad based education in psychology. It is a conversion course designed for graduates whose undergraduate degree was not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

• An honours degree at a minimum of 2.2 in Psychology (or a similar subject) that has not been accredited by the BPS as leading to the GBC. • Or a degree at a minimum of 2.2 in a subject other than Psychology and GCSE Maths (or the equivalent) at grade C or above.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

“The Politics MSc by Research course gives you the freedom to formulate your own study around your interests and specialism. It also equips you with all the practical skills required to undertake your own primary research. The learning environment is excellent and the resources available and the assistance and support from the university staff are invaluable.”

“Studying Psychology MSc was a challenging and enjoyable experience. The course gave me the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in critical writing enabling me to progress on to a PhD. The staff members were all very supportive and accessible to students. I also felt a good camaraderie with others on the course.”

This programme is designed for those who wish to undertake research and development to solve problems or develop enhancements in their work within a research area of their choice. It will provide you with a greater degree of independence in your work than is the case with a taught Master’s course. Postgraduate research students choose a specific project to work on within one of the following disciplines; Psychology, Criminology/ Criminal Justice, Politics and International Studies, Social Work and Social Policy or Sociology. As an active part of the research community, you will be able to attend seminars and conferences at the University and have the opportunity to present at national and international conferences. At the end of the project you will 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).

Ryan Swift Postgraduate Researcher

The course critically assesses the contribution of psychology to contemporary society. You will be taught by a team with research interests in applied psychology across six major content areas; Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues. The course also has some optional choices, which provide an insight into professional careers including forensic, educational and health psychology for example. You will also have the opportunity to undertake training in research methods and data analysis, plus the chance to carry out your own research project, supported by a subject matter expert.

Richard Baron Graduated from Psychology MSc in 2015, now a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield

This course has been specifically designed for graduates of any discipline and those who have previously studied some psychology in their undergraduate degree, which was not a course accredited by the BPS. Successful completion of the course currently leads to a qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS. For those who wish to undertake professional training in psychology, the GBC allows application for entry on to all accredited postgraduate courses with the BPS. 12 Social Sciences 13

Social Research and Evaluation MSc


Social Work MSc



1 year full-time (distance learning) 3 years part-time (distance learning)

2 years full-time

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The course operates within a multi-disciplinary framework to provide rigorous practical and applied training in social research methods. You will undertake a critical study of research methods and data analysis appropriate to social research. The course is designed to meet the postgraduate training requirements of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). This course may also meet your training needs if you are undertaking doctoral research related to social science, appraising research, undertaking workplace research or commissioning research in a wide range of professions including health, education and criminal justice.

•A  n upper-second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant subject.

• An Honours degree at 2:1 or above, where at least half of the module credits covered one or more social science disciplines. • Or substantial relevant work experience where you have undertaken empirical social research or management experience, such as leading research projects and commissioning and appraising social research proposals.

For detailed course information, including entry requirements and fees and financial support information, please visit

This is a distance learning course where University attendance is not required. It will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills and gain a degree from anywhere in the world. You will be taught through a variety of online teaching methods including video, interactive webinars, online demonstrations and tutorials. You will receive teaching and support from experienced and active researchers who are acknowledged experts in their fields.

“The course offered excellent training in research methods and allowed me to follow my own interests in discourse analysis and qualitative research while living in Germany. The evening webinars were particularly helpful and the discussions with other students really brought the module materials to life. I was very impressed with the personal support by tutors and help was only ever a few clicks away. Overall, the course was excellent preparation for doctoral research and I have now continued my studies with a PhD at Huddersfield.” Chris Möller Graduated from Social Research and Evaluation MSc in 2015, now a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield

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•O  r an academic reference indicating you are expected to obtain an upper-second class honours degree.

This is a professional qualifying course in social work and is intended for graduates who are committed to a future career in social work. The course is designed to help prepare you to work in all social care settings including residential, field, day care, healthcare and education within statutory, voluntary and private sectors, as well as multi-disciplinary settings and work teams. You will work with service users, carers, social work practitioners and experienced University tutors, who will all bring unique insights into your learning and development.

•Y  ou must have Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above (or equivalent). •A  satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health clearances prior to registration.

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This is managed and delivered by a long-standing partnership between the University and local social work agencies, including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations. You will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through undertaking two assessed work placements and a work-shadowing experience, helping you to enhance your academic and personal development. The course aims to produce practitioners who can critically reflect on their practice and promote anti-oppressive practice in a multicultural society. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills including communication, assessment, analysis and reflection, as well as gaining knowledge in a range of areas, such as legislation, policy and how people interact with their environments. “This course was designed and validated in conjunction with Local Authorities and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Upon successful completion graduates are eligible to apply to register as a social worker with the HCPC. It helps students to develop the underpinning knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a social worker across various service user groups, including adults, families and children. Our graduates have gone on to work in various areas of social work, including the voluntary, private and statutory sectors.” Kate Wood Senior Lecturer 15


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 tow path 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. 17


APPLY TO US We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to commence 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 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.

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Social Science 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  
Social Science 2017/18 Postgraduate Guide  

Your guide to studying postgraduate Social Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. (2017/18 Edition)