School of Education

School of Education 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 £14,450, Part-time £7,225

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Course type

PhD

MPhil

School

School of Education

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Explore fascinating postgraduate research opportunities in the School Education at Liverpool John Moores University. Undertake world class research and lead the debate on the future of education.

  • Design, implement and report on an independent research project
  • Benefit from a wide range of staff supervision expertise
  • Acquire expert knowledge in your chosen specialist field/academic discipline
  • Study research methods and empirical research techniques
  • Spread your study over up to seven years

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

It is never hard to find someone to help you at the University, whether in research study; research support; library services or even career services.

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Introduction to the School

Our School of Education has significant experience delivering innovative teacher education in partnership with Primary, Secondary and other education providers.

All of our professional Masters programmes for educators are designed to make study relevant to your professional requirements. We provide space and support for professional study that will impact on the learning outcomes of young people and on the effectiveness of team leadership in schools and colleges as they enact change.

While developing an up-to-date perspective on specialist areas and key skills in critical analysis and practitioner research, we enable you to relate your learning to your own professional practice or areas of specific interest.

Why study this course at LJMU?

In the 2014 REF, LJMU's education-related research was ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.

This research helps ensure our postgraduate study is at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

Research for a higher degree should be an exciting, enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and valuable experience and that is what is on offer in the School of Education.

You will enjoy unique networking opportunities, learn all about research methodology and work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

The wide range of expertise on offer in the School means it is able to provide extensive supervisory opportunities for postgraduate research. And due to the applied nature of the work here, tutors are always able to ensure that research is relevant to professions, policy and practice.

Resident academics offer a dynamic, simulating and supportive research environment with regular research seminars, an annual Faculty research conference and training workshops.

You will have a supervisory team made up of academic leaders in their field. This team will maintain close and regular contact with you, assessing your wider training needs, helping you to progress your research and upholding the highest possible standards.

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.

You will be based at the IM Marsh campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, just four miles from the city centre. Here you will have your own desk and computer in office space shared with other research students, enabling you to build up a strong peer network.

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?

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

Our staff offer a wide range of expertise.

Tutors contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives/policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.

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?

    Yes

    IELTS

    6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

    Pearson

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

    Is RPL accepted on this programme?

    Yes


    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 studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk

    You may also wish to contact the School of Education 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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

    Scholarships

    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: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

    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 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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