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|
About your course
Fascinating postgraduate research opportunities await in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, which is known for its impactful research, leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
- Study full or part time
- Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in an Institute known for its internationally-acclaimed research
- Explore scholarship opportunities
- Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
- Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections
Our researchers work at numerous archaeological and palaeontological sites to reconstruct the contexts of human evolution.
Introduction to the School
The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has a broad range of programmes covering the biological sciences, geography and environmental sciences and psychology.
It is based in LJMU’s City Campus at the Byrom Street site, in the heart of Liverpool city centre, and offers postgraduates excellent laboratory and research facilities, including:
- appetite laboratories
- psychology testing labs
- neuroscience labs
The School has established relationships with: the University of Florence (Italy), the University of Athens (Greece), the Natural History Museum (London), the Centre Archéologique de la Grotte Scladina (Belgium), Universtiy of Tübingen and Max Plank Institute for History and the Sciences (Germany), Universiy of Algarve (Portugal), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (University of Manchester).
Why study this course at LJMU?
The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology is at the forefront of developments in its field.
School staff are involved in overseas research in association with international partners and frequently publish in high profile journals. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 96% of the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience research submitted by LJMU was classed as world-leading or internationally important.
The School offers supervision for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:
- Evolutionary anthropology and paleoecology including fossil mammal research; palaeoanthropology; bioarchaeology; forensic anthropology; primate behaviour and conservation; ecology, evolution and the environment
- Psychology and applied psychology; including cognition, developmental and educational psychology, health psychology, substance abuse and consciousness and transpersonal psychology
Programme outline and structure
Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via progression from MPhil.
The programme route you undertake will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most of our students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful 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.
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.
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?
Final examination for both the MPhil and the PhD is by thesis and oral examination.
The MPhil differs from the PhD in terms of the depth of study required and the extent of your personal contribution to knowledge. It requires competence in conducting an independent enquiry as well as in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques. Examiners will expect you to display satisfactory background knowledge of the subject.
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.
If you are studying for an MPhil you may be able to progress to a PhD, via written and oral assessments in Year 2 (for full time students) or Year 3 (for part time students).
Staff research interests
The School produces quality research in a range of areas in psychology and applied psychology, including health psychology, appetite, human factors, cognition, neuroscience, mindfulness and wellbeing, and substance abuse.
To review staff research areas, click here.
Entry requirements (Home)
To study for an MPhil or MPhil/PhD you should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2:1 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 undertaken research training directly related to the PhD project
If you have alternative qualifications, your application will be considered on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.
Please note: for research programmes in Psychology, you must hold a qualification approved by the BPS for Graduate Basis for Registration.
Application and Selection
All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee. 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
Sarah Lightfoot - Information Officer
0151 231 2153 or S.J.Lightfoot@ljmu.ac.uk
Entry requirements (International)
Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent).
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.
Certain areas of study require ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance. Find out how to apply for ATAS clearance here, see more information about ATAS on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website or contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
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 email@example.com.
You may also wish to contact the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology direct about locally available funding opportunities.
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. Recent graduates have gone on to work as Lecturers, Researchers and Consultants, taking up positions in universities and organisations including British Aerospace, the RSPB and E.ON.
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.
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