Research

Research degrees

Interested in MPhil/PhD opportunities?

Research and scholarship are at the heart of what we do

We are highly regarded for delivering pioneering research and engaged scholarship that provides solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

At Liverpool John Moores University you can focus in on your passions and feel proud of your involvement in worthwhile, world-changing research. You’ll be rewarded for your hard work as doors open to exciting career paths.

What's involved in studying for a research degree?

A research degree (PhD or MPhil) gives you the chance to explore a particular topic in depth. You will be supervised by an academic with expertise in your area of interest. When it comes to assessment you'll submit a thesis of your research findings with the aim of contributing new knowledge to your subject area. Your assessment will also include an oral examination.

If you decide to study for a research degree, be prepared to be challenged. You'll need to be determined and committed to undertake this level of study, however the experience will be hugely rewarding both personally and professionally. Studying for a research degree will bring you closer to achieving your career goals – regardless of your specialism, the attributes required to complete a PhD or MPhil are valued greatly by employers.

What research can I be involved in?

You’ll be joining a leading research-active institution with a solid and admirable reputation that collaborates across multi-disciplines with institutions from around the world. LJMU ranks in the top half of the overall research league table, having placed 61 out of 128 universities, and we are second in the University Alliance group.

We can cater for your research interests as there is a wide range of opportunities in many different fields available, take a look at our research interests by subject area below.

If you are interested in making a difference with your research, find out more about our MPhil and PhD programmes where expert supervision is available in each of our four faculties.

What support can I expect?

Supervision is key to successfully completing a PhD. You'll be matched with a supervisor, or supervisory team, experienced in your area of interest. In the early stages, your supervisor will help you formulate a research proposal. They will continue to support you throughout your research by offering advice, guidance and feedback.

In addition to the support of your supervisor(s) and Faculty, you'll also have the support of the Graduate School. The Graduate School is on hand to offer guidance and advice as well as training to help you develop your skills as a researcher.

How do I apply?

Take a look at our research areas from the subject list below. If there is a match to your interests and you're ready to take the next steps, read our six steps to apply for a PhD. You can also search for the latest funded PhD studentships.

Take a look at the research carried out at LJMU to find a match to your interests and ambitions:

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)

How will I fund my research degree?

There are a number of research funding options available through awarding bodies such as Research Councils. LJMU offers two types of PhD scholarships that you can apply for. In addition, if you are an LJMU graduate you'll be entitled to a 20% reduction in your postgraduate tuition fees for each year of your degree. To find out more about the funding options available to you and the costs for studying for a PhD or MPhil, take a look at the financing your study section.

As a postgraduate I have much more freedom to choose what I am going to work on. I have also had many more opportunities to foster international collaborations with other researchers and begin to steer my career in the direction that I want to go.

Claire Burke, PhD, Astrophysics Research Institute - Claire will be continuing her research on stellar mass in galaxy cluster cores as a postdoctoral student at a university in Durban, South Africa

Contact us

If you need further information about starting a research degree, get in touch with us via our online form.
Or call: +44 (0) 151 231 5090