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Choosing the right course

Taught and research opportunities 

LJMU has an extensive range of taught programmes and research opportunities, take a look at the information below to see what's right for you.

Taught courses

LJMU offers taught courses in all Faculties.

Taught courses invite you to explore your subject in greater depth and many enable you to further specialise through a choice of optional modules. 

Although you will attend some lectures and tutorials as part of your taught masters, there is a real focus on independent learning and reading around your subject.

Qualifications

Postgraduate certificates (PgCert) and Postgraduate diplomas (PgDip)

Frequently required for career advancement, these programmes are shorter than a full masters and do not feature a research element. They can act as the first steps towards a full masters qualification.

Masters (MA/MSc)

Usually studied over one year full-time or two years part-time, these programmes include a dissertation or project. Masters study enables you to develop critical, creative and independent thinking skills. Some courses are designed for career changers and thus require little previous academic experience in that particular subject area.

Master of Research (MRes)

Ideal for those wishing to study for a PhD and pursue a research career, the Master of Research is usually studied full-time over a year and focuses on independent project work. Gaining the qualitative and quantitative research skills required to carry out a long-term project, you will be assigned a dedicated academic mentor. He/she will become your Director of Studies should you progress to PhD.

Pre-masters courses

These courses are aimed at international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for postgraduate study. They involve a term of academic subjects, study skills and English language training. You can progress from a pre-masters to a masters course in Business, Management and Law or Engineering and Computing.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)/School Direct

  • Offers a route into primary and secondary school teaching
  • Aimed at those holding an undergraduate degree
  • LJMU offers PGDE in place of the typically provided PGCE so you will gain Qualified Teacher Status for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
  • Includes time spent teaching in local schools
  • School Direct is an alternative route into teaching from traditional PGCE and PGDE programmes and offers trainees a more school-led approach
  • Upon completion, you can progress to the MA Education Practice which will enable you to complete a full MA during your first year of employment
  • Some PGDE subject conversion courses are available, see our postgraduate course finder for further information

Find out more about teacher training at LJMU

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Research degrees

A research degree enables you to explore a topic in depth.

LJMU is a leading research-active University that collaborates across disciplines with institutions around the world. We rank in the top half of the overall research league table and are second in the University Alliance group.

Supervision for your research is provided by an academic with specialist expertise in your area of interest. He or she will help you to formulate a research proposal and will support you with advice, guidance and feedback. The Doctoral Academy will also be on hand to offer generic support and training to develop your skills as a researcher.

In terms of assessment, you'll submit a thesis of your research findings which contribute new knowledge to your subject area. You will also have an oral examination.

Qualifications

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

A senior or second masters degree, positioned between a taught masters and a PhD, the MPhil can be studied over one to four years. You will learn and apply appropriate research methods and techniques to conduct an independent enquiry.

Doctorate or PhD

A PhD is usually studied over three to six years. This qualification is all about making an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge or the generation of new ideas. At the end of your studies you will produce a 40,000 to 80,000 word thesis.

Professional Doctorates

A specialist doctorate-level qualification, the Prof Doc is offered in areas where students have made a significant contribution to enhancing a professional area through the application, development and testing of theoretical frameworks.

Research areas

Find out more about the research carried out at LJMU using the links below.

Art, culture and history

Liverpool School of Art and Design
research areas include: exhibition studies, uses of art, contemporary art practices, digital art, design in society, craniofacial analysis

School of Humanities and Social Science
research areas include: crime, history, literature, policing studies

Liverpool Screen School
research areas include: drama and performance, writing, media, culture and communications

Built environment, sustainability and urban affairs

Department of the Built Environment
research areas include: construction management and economics, environmental technologies, radio frequency and microwave technologies, materials technology, facilities management, real estate

Department of Civil Engineering
research areas include: environmental technologies, materials technology

Business, law and criminal justice

School of Law
research areas include: criminal justice, socio-legal, banking and commercial law, European, public and international law

Liverpool Business School
research areas include: finance, economics, operations and evaluation, management learning, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, social engagement

School of Humanities and Social Science
research areas include: crime, policing studies (other research interests within the School include: history, literature)

School of Nursing and Allied Health
research areas include: financial inclusion (other research interests within the School include: nursing, social work, dementia care)

Computing

Department of Computer Science
research areas include: network and information security, networking and distributed systems, computer games, applied computing, critical infrastructure protection

Education

School of Education
research areas include: educational research, early childhood studies, technology in education, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, school leadership

School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
research areas include: outdoor education, sport coaching and PE (other research interests within the School include: tourism, leisure, events, nutrition, dance)

Engineering and technology

Astrophysics Research Institute
research areas include: galaxy formation and evolution, time domain astrophysics, star formation and stellar populations, astronomical instrumentation, computational and theoretical galaxy formation

Department of the Built Environment
research areas include: construction management and economics, environmental technologies, radio frequency and microwave technologies, materials technology, facilities management, real estate

Department of Computer Science
research areas include: network and information security, networking and distributed systems, computer games, applied computing, critical infrastructure protection

Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering
research areas include: maritime logistics and offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and materials, advanced manufacturing electrical power

Department of Applied Mathematics
research areas include: bioinformatics data, clinical diagnosis and prognosis, databases in public health, shopping basket analysis, football match analysis, mathematical biology

Department of Civil Engineering
research areas include: environmental technologies, materials technology

Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
research areas include: microelectronics, electric machines and drives

Maritime Knowledge Hub
research areas include: accident investigation, ship handling, port development

Health and social care

Public Health Institute
research areas include: drugs, alcohol and tobacco, population health, intelligence and surveillance, violence and unintentional injury, international public health, environment and sustainability, sexual and reproductive health

School of Nursing and Allied Health
research areas include: social work, nursing, financial inclusion, dementia care

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
research areas include: chemoinformatics, biomedical science, formulation and drug delivery, medicinal chemistry and natural products, clinical pharmacy and therapeutics, chemical, pharmaceutical and forensic analysis

School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
research areas include: nutrition and health (other research interests within the School include: tourism, leisure and events, outdoor education, dance, sport)

Maritime

Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering
research areas include: maritime logistics and offshore engineering, mechanical engineering and materials, advanced manufacturing electrical power

Maritime Knowledge Hub
research areas include: accident investigation, ship handling, port development

Psychology

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
research areas include: psychology and health, cognitive and affective neuroscience, meditation and mindfulness, cognition, education and language, forensic and social psychology, animal cognition (other research interests within the School include: evolutionary anthropology and palaeoecology, environment, applied biology, evolutionary and behavioural biology)

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
research areas include: sport psychology and development, brain and behaviour (other research interests within the School include: biomechanics, cardiovascular health, exercise metabolism, physical activity, solutions in football)

Science

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
research areas include: evolutionary anthropology and palaeoecology, environment, applied biology, psychology and neuroscience, evolutionary and behavioural biology

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
research areas include: formulation and drug delivery, clinical pharmacy and therapeutics, chemoinformatics, medicinal chemistry and natural products, biomedical science, chemical, pharmaceutical and forensic analysis

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
research areas include: biomechanics, exercise metabolism, sport psychology and development, brain and behaviour, cardiovascular health, physical activity, solutions in football

Astrophysics Research Institute
research areas include: galaxy formation and evolution, time domain astrophysics, star formation and stellar populations, astronomical instrumentation, computational and theoretical galaxy formation

Sport

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
research areas include: biomechanics, exercise metabolism, sport psychology and development, brain and behaviour, cardiovascular health, physical activity, solutions in football

School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
research areas include: coaching, PE, sports development, outdoor education (other research interests within the School include: tourism, leisure, events, nutrition, dance)

Tourism, leisure, dance and drama

School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
research areas include: tourism, leisure and events, dance (other research interests within the School include: sport, outdoor education, nutrition)

Liverpool Screen School
research areas include: drama and performance (other research interests within the School include: writing, media, culture and communications)

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