Liverpool Screen School

Liverpool Screen School - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £4,525
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £2,265 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £13,250, Part-time £6,625

Course type




Liverpool Screen School

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Explore excellent postgraduate research opportunities at the Liverpool Screen School and benefit from a learning environment at the forefront of contemporary developments and a team of experts who regularly contribute to international initiatives.

  • Study for three years full time or up to six years part time
  • Join a School known for its internationally-acclaimed research
  • Explore the availability of research scholarships
  • Enjoy expert supervision and researcher training
  • Benefit from excellent facilities and great industry connections

Until the end of July 2018, MPhil fees for this programme will be:
Home full-time annual tuition fee: £4,300
Home part-time annual tuition fee: £2,150
International full-time annual tution fee: £11,630
International part-time annual tution fee: £5,815

Quoted fees for 2018/2019 relate to programmes starting from 1st August 2018.

We offer research students expert supervision, excellent facilities, a comprehensive induction and generic skills training.

Our research has been used: in foreign policy and diplomacy, to inform the Leveson enquiry into press standards, and to change the lives of prisoners and offenders in the UK.

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Screen School offers a warm and friendly environment, founded on a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting creativity; excellent learning resources and first-class student support.

You will work alongside professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience.

The School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme and has close links with local and national news organisations, including the BBC and ITV. Our academic team has a growing international reputation, winning contracts with the British Council to liaise with universities abroad and securing research grants from national and international funding bodies.

    Staff have all worked in the industry and have years of experience in print, radio, television and online journalism. Many also have an excellent record of research and are widely published.

      Why study this course at LJMU?

      Liverpool is a truly international city, with a flourishing local newspaper and magazine industry and several television companies including the BBC and Granada TV. Lime Pictures (formerly Mersey TV), creators of Brookside, Hollyoaks and numerous other TV programmes, is also located in the city.

      Liverpool Screen School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies: Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.

      The learning facilities on offer here are exceptional and, as well as broadcast studios, news rooms and media production suites, you will have access to high quality lecture theatres, seminar rooms and social spaces. The Aldham Robarts Library, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is only a short walk from the Redmonds Building and here you’ll find an outstanding range of relevant resources.

      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 varied programme of generic skills training opportunities.

      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

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

      How will I be assessed?

      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

      Liverpool Screen School research covers a number of high-profile national and international areas across several key research programmes.

      Film Studies research examines European cinema, early Hollywood, documentary practice, film theory and film-philosophy. The influential Liverpool Film Seminar provides the opportunity to hear international film scholars talk about their recent work.

      The Centre for Responsible Journalism‘s current research focuses on: Journalism Regulation, privacy, codes of conduct, interviewing vulnerable people, social media journalism, journalism in minority languages as well as work on radio and journalism and international relations and journalism.

      The Identity and Security Project investigates the role of identity in shaping security discourse, conflict and peace in East Asia. This externally funded project involves a multidisciplinary group of international scholars. The research is theoretically informed yet relevant to policy-making in the UK and Asia.

        Drama has expertise and interests in both practical and more traditional academic research. Practical areas include play and screenwriting, devising and the creation of new work, directing, acting and stand-up comedy. Other projects focus on regional and local theatre, contemporary performance practice, applied theatre and ethnodrama.

        The Centre for Writing’s team of tutor-writers includes published poets, novelists, short story writers, screenwriters, and writers for stage and radio. The Centre also manages the ‘Free to Write Project’, which is run in conjunction with Merseyside Probation Services and the Learning and Resource Centre in HM Prison Liverpool funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

        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.

        PhD Application Info

         If you wish to enquire about making an application for a PhD or express your interest, please send a CV, brief personal statement and outline of your intended research proposal (no more than 500 words) to

        The department can then discuss appropriate supervision. You may then be invited to make a full application or offered information about your potential application.

         Should you then wish to make a full application please be aware of the following guidelines prior to submission.

         Your application should include two main elements: a Personal Statement and a Research Proposal. We recommend the following structure:

         1.  Personal Statement
        Approx. 500 words to include:

        a) Short paragraph on current role and responsibilities

        b) Main paragraph on CV highlights ('greatest hits')

        c)Short paragraph on future aspirations including reason for the study and proposed location.

        2. Research Proposal
        Approx. 1500 words to include:

        1. Working Title of proposed research.
        2. Research Aim(s) (maximum three aims).
        3. Research Question.
        4. Background Statement - paragraph including information on the research field.
        5. Literature Review - paragraph highlighting exemplars in relation to the proposed field of study.
        6. Methods - paragraph including information on the proposed mode of study e.g. practice-led or thesis only.
        7. Proposed Structure - in bullet point form (typically three bullet points will suffice at this stage).
        8. Indicative Bibliography - including approx. 10 publications.

        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 Screen 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. A recent PhD candidate has joined the BBC as a trainee broadcast journalist.

        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

        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.
        Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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