PhD scholarships

Fully-funded 'Anniversary' PhD scholarship

This scholarship offers an opportunity to undertake research in the history of the University. Funded PhD researchers will also work with academic staff in a range of activities to support student learning and public engagement for up to 180 hours in each academic year. PhD researchers who teach must undertake a programme of teaching and learning skills development during the first year, and will be encouraged to attend a range of researcher development sessions in line with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework throughout their three years of study.

Liverpool John Moores University is offering up to three full-time PhD Studentships to start in September 2018 or January 2019.

If you require further information, please email Prof Julie Sheldon with the subject heading Anniversary PhD Scholarship.

How to Apply?

To apply you should send the following to Prof Julie Sheldon by the deadline of 9th July 2018 at 5pm: 1. A 1,000 word statement outlining your proposed PhD research, and any relevant experience in the field. 2. Your CV (maximum two pages) indicating the names of two academic referees. 


Could you apply?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

The scheme is available to Home/European Union students with a first degree at 2:1 or above in a relevant area. Applicants with Masters level qualifications are preferred. We will interview shortlisted applicants.


Further Information

We are looking to support research that develops the work undertaken in this survey through further examination of the institution’s evolution combined with the development of related areas of activity in Liverpool and the region. Examples include, but are not confined to, the following:

The Liverpool School of Art traces its origins back to 1825, making it the oldest school of art and design in England outside of London. There is scope for research into its foundations and history.

The School of Pharmacy is the second oldest in England and there is a remarkable narrative around its history and development. A PhD project could look at the history of Pharmacy in a local and national context.

Nautical and Maritime is one of the oldest constituents of the University with a history that goes back to the mid-nineteenth century. There would be scope to research and chart its history in the context of Liverpool’s port development.

Nursing, Midwifery and Health is another area of LJMU’s remarkable development, arguably, dating from the first nurses’ training school set up in the 1820s. Liverpool has the most significant nursing history outside London and claim to have been responsible for the establishment of District Nursing.

The history of Education at LJMU is rich and diverse and there are a number of antecedents that may be the subject of doctoral research, including the formation of I. M. Marsh, F. L. Calder Colleges, and Ethel Wormald Colleges.

The pioneering College of Chemistry, established by James Sheridan Muspratt in 1848, is the precursor of LJMU’s Science and Engineering areas. Since then LJMU has a long and important presence in the development of astronomy and astrophysics, and in the creation of Sports Science.

Finally, there are number of institutional antecedents, which led to the development of LJMU. For example, there is scope for research into Queen’s College and the Mechanics’ Institute, or in the pioneering individuals that drove the civic mission of the City of Liverpool.

The University holds a Special Collections Archive in its library, which includes some significant material on its history. There are archive and related resources also available at Liverpool City Library and a number of institutions in Liverpool. Advice is available from archivists who have assisted in researching the University’s history to date.

Applicants for the Anniversary Scholarships are advised to consult the recently published volume on the historical development of Liverpool John Moores University, The Making of a Modern University (Third Millennium, 2017). Copies are available as a pdf

LJMU scholarships

There are two types of scholarship you could apply for – a fully-funded scholarship and a fees-only scholarship:

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Find your PhD supervisor

Use the academic staff list within each School to find your PhD supervisor: