Postgraduate Study

Information for Research Postgraduate Applicants to Natural Sciences and Psychology

Research Degree Programmes

Research Postgraduate students in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology are engaged in research leading to either an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The MPhil programme of research includes research training and the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project. The programme continues for one year full-time and up to three years part-time. The PhD programme of research also includes research training and a series of related research projects which should contain substantial elements of originality.  This programme continues for three years full-time and up to six years part-time. The school also offers a taught Masters courses in Health Psychology. Details of this course, including the contact details of the relevant admissions staff are available on the school website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree in a relevant or related subject.  For research programmes in Psychology these should be a qualification approved by the BPS for Graduate Basis for Registration. Other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on merit. It is also important that the School has a member of staff able and willing to supervise your proposed programme of research.  The research interests of academic staff are available to consult on the school website.


Funding is primarily secured from three sources:(i) Research Studentships are advertised nationally (e.g. and on this website and applications are judged on an openly competitive basis; (ii) Teaching Assistant posts, which include part-time employment as a tutor combined with part-time study, are again advertised nationally and are assigned on a competitive basis;  (iii) Self-funded Full- or Part-time students. Information regarding current fee levels are available from the Research Support Office. Potential applicants should note that the school is not usually able to provide funding for study outside of these advertised opportunities.  The school does, however, welcome applicants who are able to bring with them their own funding. 

Language proficiency

All higher degrees are written and examined in English. Consequently for applicants whose first language is not English, a certified level of English language attainment must be provided before commencing their programme of research.  The current requirement is grade 6.5 on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or equivalent. Applicants must attain the required level as stated above before they will be eligible to enrol. 

How to apply

To apply, applicants should complete the online Postgraduate Research Programme application form including an outline research proposal and confirmation of funding source. It is advisable, although not necessary, to consult with your preferred supervisor before submitting a formal application. Potential supervisors can be contacted in the first instance by telephone or e-mail. Such contact may be particularly beneficial when preparing the outline research proposal. This research proposal (up to 1000 words) should contain a summary of the broad research context in which your research will be placed (including key references), the specific aims of the programme, the methodology you propose to adopt, intended analyses and an indication of the anticipated contributions of the outcomes. 

Completed applications should be directed to the Information Officer:

Sarah Lightfoot
Information Officer
Room 1.40
James Parsons Building
Faculty of Science
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

Informal enquiries may be made to the school Postgraduate Admissions and Progression Tutor:

Prof. Francis McGlone
School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
Tom Reilly Building
Byrom Street
L3 2AF

Page last modified 15 April 2014.

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