MPhil, PhD Postgraduate research opportunities in Computer Science

Study mode

33 - 48 months FT

45 - 84 months PT

Start date(s)

January 2019

June 2019

September 2019

Tuition fees 18/19 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £4,525 £5,000
Home (part-time, per year): £2,265 £2,500
International (full-time, per year): £14,450 £14,450
International (part-time, per year): £7,225 £7,225
Write up fee (PhD): £450 To be confirmed

Contact details

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


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0151 231 2777

fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


International admissions

+441519046499

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About this course

Excellent research opportunities await in the Dept. of Computer Science, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts.

  • Study full or part-time over one to seven years
  • Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a Faculty known for its internationally-acclaimed research
  • Explore scholarship opportunities 
  • Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
  • Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

The programme route you undertake will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most of our students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful progression from MPhil. 

You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.

 

On joining LJMU you will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your studies. Progression monitoring is undertaken formally and informally by this team on an ongoing basis.

Each year, each Faculty provides the University Research Degrees Committee with a summative report on the progress of all its eligible postgraduate research students.

Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU’s Graduate School which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Studying for a postgraduate research degree enhances your employability in a number of ways.

As well as enabling you to focus on your specific areas of interest and expand your subject knowledge ready for employment in your chosen sector, a postgraduate research qualification enables you to take charge of your career path by demonstrating your contribution to an area of knowledge. It enhances your self-confidence and showcases your ability to work independently and ‘go it alone’.

Some postgraduate research students are already in full-time employment when they begin their studies, whilst others are recent graduates looking to extend their research capabilities and subject expertise.

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A good proportion of our students return to their existing roles with enhanced career prospects, others move on to further study or take up teaching roles in educational establishments.

According to a report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), more than a quarter of graduates felt that their employment prospects were increased by their PG qualification. And when it comes to earnings, those with a postgrad qualification have been shown to earn an average of 24% more than those who leave education with an undergraduate degree.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

The Department of Computer Science offers a vibrant teaching and research environment, equipped with the latest facilities.

It has a supportive community of over 1000 taught students and more than 70 researchers from at least 20 countries worldwide as well as over 40 highly qualified academics plus teams of skilled technical and administrative staff.

In addition to University-wide IT facilities, you will have access to up-to-date specialist computing facilities within the Department itself. We have nine specialist teaching laboratories, with over 400 workstations, managed by a team of eight technical staff.

We offer a range of desktop platforms from Windows to MacOS and Linux as well as mobile platforms, such as iOS and Android. We also offer a cloud environment and virtualisation systems for specialist applications.

We are a licensed Sony PlayStation developer and have PS4 and Vita development kits. Our research laboratories are fitted with air conditioning, ergonomic seating and category 2 lighting, plus state-of-the-art design technology for a modern computing environment.

The Department has a rich research base and, in the latest research assessment (REF 2014), 48% of our research was ranked as being internationally excellent, with 80% of our research rated as high impact in terms of reach and significance.

We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placements, research, consultancy, short course activity and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. We have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

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Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

To complement your research, specific training needs will be identified on an individual basis. You can study topics such as:

  • Advanced Presentation Skills 
  • Applying for Ethical Approval 
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Poster Presentation/Design
  • Postgraduate Employability Skills
  • Project Management
  • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
  • Surviving the Viva
  • Speed Reading
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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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Final examination for both the MPhil and the PhD is by thesis and oral examination. 

The MPhil differs from the PhD in terms of the depth of study required and the extent of your personal contribution to knowledge. It requires competence in conducting an independent enquiry as well as in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques. Examiners will expect you to display satisfactory background knowledge of the subject. 

To gain a PhD you are expected to show mastery of a special field and to have made an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge, or the generation of new ideas. Examiners will expect you to be at the forefront of understanding in your chosen topic. 

If you are studying for an MPhil you may be able to progress to a PhD, via written and oral assessments in Year 2 (for full-time students) or Year 3 (for part-time students).

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

We offer postgraduate researchers access to excellent teaching and learning facilities plus plentiful social spaces and, of course, support and guidance from our expert academics.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2.1 Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject 

and 

  • research training relating to your chosen subject area for a PhD direct

Additional information:

  • IELTS 6.5 minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee. The Applications process is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit your application using this online form
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement
  3. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor
  4. We will take up your academic references
  5. You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
  6. You will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance

Research degrees have three intake periods throughout the academic year:

  • 28 January – 8 February 2019
  • 17 June – 28 June 2019
  • September/October 2019 - to be confirmed

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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