About this course
Excellent research opportunities await at the Liverpool Business School, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts.
- Study full or part-time over three to seven years
- Choose from a wide range of subject areas (see Details tab for more information)
- Complete your research degree 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
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 PhD programmes.
Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University is a member of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide. Through membership, accreditation, research, thought leadership, professional development, and advocacy, AACSB partners with over 1,500 organizations, from more than 90 countries globally. Membership or participation in the Global Education Alliance does not imply accreditation.
Postgraduate students and graduates share their experience of studying at Liverpool Business School
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
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
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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- 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)
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.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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’.
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 educational establishments.
Liverpool Business School Research
Explore the possibilities
Liverpool Business School 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 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.
LBS offers excellent postgraduate research opportunities with options to research a range of contemporary business, management and economic issues facing individuals, society and industry. Areas of research expertise include management and entrepreneurship, marketing and consumer research, human resource management and leadership, project management, supply chain management, operations management, accounting and finance and economics.
Our research groups carry out important and inspirational work, committed to the University strategy to find solutions to real-world problems of a fast-paced 21st century.
Research groups include:
- Digital Marketing and Retailing Research Group
- International Business Management and Strategy (IBMS) Reasearch Group
- Leadership Education and Development Research Group
- Projects, Operations and Workplace Management Research Group
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship Research Group
Our research is contemporary in context, multidisciplinary in practice and reflects the specialist knowledge of Liverpool Business School staff. Our Entrepreneurship expertise, for example, is based on extensive research and focuses on aspects such as new venture formation, creativity, entrepreneurial marketing, rural entrepreneurship, sustainability and graduate start-ups.
An insight into teaching on your course
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
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.
Final examination for the PhD is by thesis and oral examination.
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.
What you can expect from your School
You will need:
- a minimum of a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject. Applicants should have completed their Masters within the last 2 years.
- IELTS 6.5 minimum 5.5 in each component)
- 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee.
You are required to submit a personal statement and research proposal. The personal statement should reflect your suitability and aptitude for the programme (this should be no more than 3,000 characters) and the proposal should outline your area of research, core questions, methodologies, approach and timescale (this should be no more than 2,500 words) - see further guidance on applying for a PhD.
The applications process is as follows:
- Complete and submit your application using this online form
- You will receive an acknowledgement
- Your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor
- We will take up your academic references
- You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
- 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:
- TBC September – TBC October 2021
- TBC June – TBC June 2021
- TBC January – TBC February 2022
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.