School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition 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

Course type




Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Explore a world of fascinating postgraduate research opportunities in the School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University and become a valued and integral part of our growing research community.

  • 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

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

The wide range of expertise on offer in the School means it is able to offer extensive supervisory opportunities for postgraduate research

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic and supportive postgraduate environment.

You will enjoy unique networking opportunities plus the chance to work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

The School’s learning disciplines are organised into eight subject areas: Education, Early childhood studies, Sport, Dance, Outdoor education, Tourism, Events and Food.

    You will work alongside research-active staff and external professionals. This will ensure that your studies are in line with current and developing practice.

      Why study this course at LJMU?

      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 Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition.

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

      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

      With research-active staff contributing to the latest developments in many disciplines, you can look forward to studying alongside world-leading academics when you join the School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition.

      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. Send your application to the Faculty Admissions Hub ( +44(0) 151 231 5340)    
        2. You will receive an acknowledgement receipt
        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 Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition 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 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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