School of Humanities and Social Science

School of Humanities and Social Science 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




Humanities and Social Science

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Discover excellent postgraduate research opportunities in LJMU’s School of Humanities and Social Science and benefit from a prolific research and learning environment which is at the forefront of contemporary developments.

  • Study full or 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: £5,830

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 teams, comprising academics, postgraduates and visiting scholars, champion our School’s culture of scholarship, collaboration and academic excellence.

Introduction to the School

The School of Humanities and Social Science provides an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons at postgraduate level, leading you to a broad range of career opportunities.

We are situated in an historic part of Liverpool, close to the city's cathedrals and a short walk from cafes, bars and the cultural quarter.

Our dynamic, professional and experienced staff excel in innovative and exciting research which contributes to the teaching and learning methods you will experience here. You will join a warm and friendly learning community, offering excellent resources and first class student support.

    Our working relationships with Merseyside employers/organisations often benefit students academically and in terms of personal career development.

    Why study this course at LJMU?

    In the 2014 REF, 81% of research submitted by Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at LJMU was recognised internationally or considered internationally excellent.

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

    You will be mentored and supervised by academic staff who are passionate, experienced and active in critical social scientific research. The knowledge and skills you will acquire during your studies are transferable to a range of academic, professional and commercial occupations.

    Your self-directed study will be supported by a surrounding framework of expertise, within a scholarly community that hosts regular seminars and lectures and is a fertile platform for the dissemination of research.

    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

    The Research Centre for English Literature and Cultural History conducts research in topics such as:

    • Representation and identity (particularly representations of gender) and cultural politics
    • 17th, 19th and 20th Century British Literature and Cultural History
    • Women’s writing
    • Critical and feminist theory
    • History, including British decolonisation, the British Empire, Nazi Germany, labour history
    • Criminology, including policy responses to young people in trouble
    • Child welfare
    • Penal systems
    • Illegal and problematic drug use
    • Corporate crime
    • Night-time economies in the city

    The Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CCSE) conducts research and hosts widely attended events in the field of crime, criminalisation, social policy and social exclusion. Research areas include:

    • Children, young people and youth justice
    • Policy responses to children in trouble
    • Criminological theory
    • Sociology including: 'Race and political theory; Racism and relations between states and ethnicised and racialised minorities
    • Wales and postcoloniality
    • Work-life balance
    • Women’s health

    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 School of Humanities and Social Science direct about locally available funding opportunities.

    Graduate employment

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

    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

    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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