School and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Scheme Fee Waivers for September 2022 / January 2023 entry


The School of Arts and Humanities encourages applications for our MA and PhD research degrees, including from applicants proposing practice-led research (see guidance here). The School has approximately 300 research students, forming a vibrant research community, and PGR students have specialist facilities and study spaces.

There are two forms of fee waiver available in the current cycle:


School of Arts & Humanities fee waivers.

These are open to all candidates, including those who have not previously studied at Huddersfield. School waivers are open to Home / Overseas candidates, but Overseas candidates will be offered partial waivers of up to 50%. Offers made to Home students may be partial or full waivers. The School expects to make up to 16 awards in the current cycle, distributed across the School’s Units of Assessment and prioritising the highest quality of proposals overall, as defined by the criteria below.


Vice Chancellors’ Scholarship Scheme fee waivers.

These are open only to alumni graduating within the past three years. They are open to Home / Overseas candidates, but those classed as Overseas will be offered partial waivers of up to 50%. Offers made to Home students may be partial or full waivers. This central scheme is outlined here. The School expects to make up to 8 awards in the current cycle, comprising up to one VCSS award within each Unit of Assessment, with the exception of UoA 33 in which two awards may be made (UoA 33A Music; UoA 33B Drama).


Criteria. Applications will be assessed in terms of the quality of the proposal, the feasibility of the proposed study, the availability of a suitable supervisory team, and the proposal’s alignment with the research theme priorities of the School’s Units of Assessment and their relevant research centres. Candidates should state clearly their proposal’s fit with the relevant research theme of their subject. Projects that sit outside of the advertised themes will also be considered. Candidates are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to check how their proposal might relate to the research themes of the current application cycle.

We positively encourage applications from groups under-represented in postgraduate research, including (but not limited to) women, LGBTQ+ candidates, Global Majority / BAME candidates, candidates with disabilities, candidates with caring responsibilities, and care leavers.

Distance Learning applicants and applicants for PhD by Publication are not eligible for fee waivers in the School of Arts & Humanities.

All applications received by the relevant deadline will be considered for available waivers; there is no separate application form. Those offered an award must take up their place within the relevant application cycle (enrolling September 2022 or January 2023); although candidates may apply to defer their place to September 2023, there is no opportunity to defer the award beyond January 2023 entry point.


Research themes by Research Excellence Framework (REF) Unit of Assessment (UoA)


Unit of Assessment

Research themes aligned with research centres

UoA 13 Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS)

  • Sustainable Living: focusing on architecture and built environment and low carbon approaches to design of buildings.
  • Good theoretical knowledge of sustainable building technologies and techniques.
  • Knowledge of environmental and sustainability analytical tools and techniques such as BREEAM, LEED and WELL and/or environmental simulation tools such as EnergyPlus and DesignBuilder.


Innovative Design Lab (IDL)

  • Lean Design and Construction and technologies such as Building Information Modelling.
  • The centre is currently looking for research projects which focus upon the design of healthcare facilities and social housing issues.


UoA 32 Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory


Centre for Cultural Ecologies in Art, Design and Architecture (CEADA)

  • Using new technologies in practice for speculative art and design futures.
  • Place-based engagements with creativity and culture in local regeneration projects (UK and abroad).
  • Collaborations across the disciplines: practice-based research in art and design that seeks to engage with one other discipline across the arts and humanities (architecture, modern languages, linguistics, music, English language and literature, history, drama and performance, culture and media studies).


Technical Textiles Research Centre (TTRC)

  • Technical Textiles Research aims to re-establish the town of Huddersfield and region of Kirklees as a world leader in textiles by harnessing the newest technology and manufacturing techniques. We invite research proposals which seek to develop more sustainable, renewable alternatives to petrochemical-derived fibres (in line with the Global Challenges Research Fund). 

UoA 26 Modern Languages and Linguistics


Institute for Applied Linguistics (includes Stylistics Research Centre and Centre for Intercultural Politeness)

  • Stylistics of TV and film drama;
  • Variation and change in English dialects.

UoA 27 English Language and Literature

Centre for International Contemporary Poetry (CICP)

  • Literature, Science and Technology
  • Landscape, place and environment in literature and through creative writing;
  • Contemporary poetics (post 1945) in literature and creative writing;
  • Life writing: creative writing and critical exploration of biography and autobiography.
  • Public Engagement in English Literature, Creative Writing or History

UoA 28 History

Centre for History, Culture and Memory (CHICAM)

  • Global and transnational history;
  • Medieval and early modern culture;
  • Feelings, affects, emotions;
  • Health Histories

UoA 33A Music

Centre for Music, Culture & Identity (CMCI) (Music & Music Technology)

  • Critical, cultural, historical and analytical musicology.
  • The musicology of film and television, and of popular musics (including the latter’s songwriting / composition / performance / production).

Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) (Music & Music Technology)

  • Composition and Sonic Arts;
  • Music technology, from technical, creative (including creative coding and music and AI), and socio-cultural perspectives;
  • Contemporary Music Studies (musicology of 20th and 21st century music);
  • Contemporary music performance, including improvisation, electronic music performance and hybrid multidisciplinary practices

Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP, Music & Music Technology)

  • Performance, including practice-based research and performance studies of historical music.

UoA 33B Drama, Dance, Performance Arts, Film and Screen Studies

Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP, Drama, Theatre, and Performance)

• Disability, theatre and performance;
• Aging in theatre and performance;
• Magic and conjuring, horror and the Gothic in performance.

UoA 34 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

Centre for Participatory Culture (CPC)

  • Screen media, digital culture, participatory culture, audiences and fandom;
  • We are particularly interested in proposals that explore issues of discoverability and routes to content from an industrial, technological, cultural or audience perspective, including the role of platforms, data and algorithms.

Two Public Engagement traineeship fee waivers will be awarded, one in English Literature or Creative Writing and one in History. Candidates will undertake research in one of the identified strategic areas for their subject (this does not have to be a public engagement topic) and will be given NCCPE accredited training to support public engagement in the English Literature, Creative Writing and History subject areas.


Students receiving a full or partial fee waiver will be expected to:

Undertake your research degree on a full-time or part-time basis. If you study full-time, you will need to dedicate 35 hours per week to your degree and must not also be working full-time. If you study part-time, you should expect to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the degree.

Contribute 80 hours per year (pro rata for those on partial fee waivers) of activities to support areas such as teaching, research, recruitment activity, or administration. Students wishing to teach will need first to complete the University of Huddersfield Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP), as per the teaching policy. No payment will be made for designated fee-waiver tasks.

Live a commutable distance from campus and be on campus regularly in order to be an active member of the School’s research community. Candidates expecting to register and study remotely, from a non-commutable distance, are not eligible; those who receive a waiver and subsequently choose to work at a distance will need to pay for the remainder of their fees at the standard rate.

Regularly attend and participate in research seminars, training, conferences, and events within the School as appropriate.

You are encouraged to design a MA / PhD project that can be completed in standard time; any fee waiver discount applies only to standard time. You would pay for any period of additional or writing-up time at the end of your research degree at the relevant rate, if you choose to take this in addition to your standard time.


Guidance on application and research proposal

All applicants apply using the standard online application form.

There is no template for a research proposal, but the following areas are recommended as a guide, and you may find this guidance helpful:

  • Title
  • Central research question
  • Brief statement of alignment with a research theme from a relevant research centre
  • Summary of project
  • Brief literature review of the existing research in this area
  • Methodology
  • If your proposal is for practice-based research (e.g. performance, installation, composition, creative practices in art, fashion, or architecture, creative writing), please also include a portfolio showcasing your practice to accompany the written proposal. If you would like guidance on what or how to submit this work, please email for advice.
  • Reference List (any standard system is appropriate)
  • The name of a potential main supervisor if you have one in mind, subject to their suitability and availability to supervise your project (not essential)

Your application includes the names of two academic referees who will be asked to provide references in support of your application.


What happens after I submit my online application?

Your application will be considered by the postgraduate coordinator for your subject, who will check if there is a suitable supervisory team in place. All potential candidates for PGR degrees will be interviewed by staff from the subject team. The subject team will rank successful candidates against the scheme’s criteria, in order to shortlist for a fee waiver interview.

The fee-waiver interview will be held with a small panel of staff from the School of Arts & Humanities. You will be asked to email a copy of your most up-to-date research proposal for the panel to read; although this should not be materially different to one for which you are holding an offer of a place, it is fine for you to make minor adjustments to its content or format. We will provide you with a list of standard questions from which the panel will select a small number.

If you are successful at interview, you will be notified by the School via email, and the University will issue you with an offer letter detailing the level of award. There may be further conditions to meet, for example if you are still awaiting results from an undergraduate or MA qualification or if we need confirmation of your language qualifications.


Closing dates for research degree applications seeking a fee waiver

Applications may be submitted at any time, but in order to be considered for funding opportunities they must be submitted by the deadlines below. The three rounds of applications are designed to provide candidates with a timely response to funding in relation to their relevant expected start date. There are no waivers associated with start dates other than September/October and January.

Application deadline

Research degree start date

10 March 2022 (Round 1) September/October 2022
10 June 2022 (Round 2) September/October 2022
21 October 2022 (Round 3) January 2023