Liverpool Business School

Liverpool Business School - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £4,300
Home cost per credit: £2,150
International full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £11,630, Part-time £5,815

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Liverpool Business School

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Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The Liverpool Business School offers excellent postgraduate research opportunities. You will have opportunities to research a range of contemporary business, management and economic issues facing individuals, society and industry. Areas of research expertise at the Liverpool Business School are located under the subject areas of management and entrepreneurship, marketing and consumer research, human resource management and leadership, project management, supply chain management, operations management, accounting and finance and economics.

  • Study full or part time
  • Join a School known for its internationally-acclaimed research which impacts on a range of stakeholders
  • Explore the availability of research scholarships
  • Enjoy expert supervision and researcher training
  • Benefit from excellent facilities and great industry connections

The School’s multidiscipline, collaborative and international approach has helped us build a solid reputation for producing world-class research.

Liverpool Business School offers research students expert supervision, excellent facilities, a comprehensive induction and generic skills training.

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Business School (LBS) is a forward looking, professional business school, active locally and globally. We maintain close links with business and place you, our research students, at the heart of all we do.

Our expertise in the key areas of business and management has enabled us to develop a strong reputation in externally through research partnerships, industry relationships and collaborative ventures. We have partners across a range of sectors in the UK and beyond.

Whether you have just finished your degree, are currently in employment or are returning to study after a break, our postgraduate research programmes will enhance your academic and professional development.    

    Why study this course at LJMU?

    Liverpool Business School is home to a vibrant and active research community, committed to innovation and excellence.

    Our research is concerned with important contemporary business and management issues, it is multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the School’s areas of specialist expertise including: Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses and Public Services Management. Our Entrepreneurship expertise is based on extensive research in this area and focuses on aspects such as new venture formation, creativity, entrepreneurial marketing, rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.

    The Centre for Public Services Management helps us to focus our research expertise in public management. We work with public bodies regionally and further afield to build our research base and put theory into practice.

    Programme outline and structure

    Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via 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.

    Student support

    The University offers a comprehensive induction programme and a range of generic skills training.

    You will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your research.

    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.

    What you will study on this degree

    Specific research-related training needs are 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
    • Research Methodology
    • Data Analysis

    • Postgraduate Employability Skills
    • Project Management
    • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
    • Surviving the Viva
    • Speed Reading

    How will I be assessed?

    Following the completion of your research, the final examination of your MPhil and PhD will be via thesis and oral examination.

    You can progress from MPhil to PhD, via a written and oral assessment in Year 2 (full time students) or Year 3 (part time students).
    The PhD requires:

    • competence in conducting an independent enquiry
    • competence in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques
    • you to be at the forefront of understanding your specialist topic
    • an original, personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge or the generation of new ideas

    Staff research interests

    The Liverpool Business School is at the forefront of developments in the field.

    Specialist areas of interest include:

    • Human Resource Management; Human Resources Development & Leadership
    • Performance Management
    • Social Enteprise
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Operations Management including Project Management; Quality Management
    • E-Business
    • Information Management
    • Knowledge Management
    • Marketing
    • Digital Marketing
    • Strategic Management

    • Public Sector Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Sustainability
    • Educational Research
    • Intercultural Communications

    To review staff research areas, click here.

    Entry requirements (Home)

    If you are applying for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD you should normally have, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

    If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

    • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
    • have had research training directly related to the PhD project

    If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered individually on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.

    Application process

    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

    Entry requirements (International)

    Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). Please check specific requirements with your School before applying.

    Due to Visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details.

    To obtain a Tier 4 Visa for full time study in the UK, you will need to show evidence that the money to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your Visa application. For more details, see our international website.

    Will I be interviewed?



    6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


    58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

    Is RPL accepted on this programme?


    Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

    Financial support

    Securing funding can be one of the main hurdles you face when considering postgraduate research. However, help is available. LJMU has a team of fees and funding experts who can offer advice based on your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057 or via

    You may also wish to contact the Liverpool Business School direct about locally available funding opportunities.

    Graduate employment

    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’.

    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.

    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.
    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 universities and other educational establishments.

    International Study

    International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

    Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

    Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

    Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


    LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

    These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

    You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

    Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

    • new international applicants
    • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
    • LJMU international alumni

    English for Postgraduate courses bursary

    A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

    This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

    The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
    Further guidance on programme changes

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