Becoming a postgraduate research student

How the Doctoral Academy can help you

If you're thinking about becoming a research student at LJMU, take a look at our postgraduate how to apply page to find out all you need to know.

By joining LJMU you'll be in good company as we're a leading institution when it comes to research. Plus our dedicated Doctoral Academy is with you on your journey, offering support and training to help you develop as a researcher. Some of which includes:

  • a comprehensive training and development programme
  • opportunities to network with postgraduate research students from across the University
  • support to present at conferences

We're committed to helping you reach your full potential. As a researcher, you will be supported in identifying your training needs and will have access to resources such as the Researcher Development Framework Planner, an online application enabling you to action plan, review achievements and develop a portfolio of professional development evidence.

Researcher development training

We provide a comprehensive programme of training which is fully aligned with the UK Researcher Development Framework and is designed to help you develop the specific skills needed for effective research as well as transferable skills to enhance your employability. The programme supports you at all stages of the PhD journey, with topics ranging from project planning, information management, personal effectiveness, governance, communicating your research and career development.

In addition to workshops, there are plenty of opportunities to put your skills into practice; with research cafes, showcases, conferences, communication competitions and networking events, you are encouraged to develop presentation and engagement skills while contributing to a vibrant postgraduate research community and research culture.

Ready for postgraduate research?

If you're interesting in joining the research community at LJMU, follow the steps of the application process:

Apply for a research degree