Taught or research?

The right course for you

If you are studying at postgraduate level you will be following either a taught course or a research programme of study. Take a look at the information below and find out what you can expect from the each pathway.

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.

LJMU offers the following taught qualifications:

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Postgraduate certificates (PgCert) and postgraduate diplomas (PgDip)

Masters (MA/MSc)

Master of Research (MRes)

Pre-masters courses

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)/School-led

Degree Apprenticeships

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You’ll find all our taught courses on our course search page

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.

LJMU offers the following research qualifications:

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Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Doctorate or PhD

Professional Doctorates

Research areas

LJMU has a reputation for world-class research. Our research covers a range of disciplines, it's varied in scope, and dynamic and multidisciplinary in practice. It also informs our taught programmes and helps to ensure our courses are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field.

Explore our research areas

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Find the right research course on our course search page

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