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Art & Design MRes offers people from a range of backgrounds an avenue into research that includes: students with a first degree but with no training in research methods, employees in the cultural industries who seek a formal training in relevant research techniques, and international students. The Masters programme is open to both full-time and part-time, home and overseas students.
You will normally be expected to have a good first degree in a visual arts related subject, although applications from students with other degrees will be considered.
Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) must be achieved.
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required 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. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Months of entry
The Liverpool School of Art and Design offers a rewarding research opportunity for you to develop your art and design research ideas, methods and skills under the tutelage of expert practitioners in one of the oldest schools of its kind outside of London.
- Course offered full time (1 year)
- Develop your research and creative output in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities within the modern, purpose-built and RIBA award-winning John Lennon Art and Design Building, in the heart of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter on Mount Pleasant
- Direct links with Liverpool’s most significant arts organisations, such as TATE Liverpool, Biennial, FACT and design agencies Uniform, Smiling Wolf and Non-Conform
- A valuable foundation for progression to PhD study
- Enhanced career opportunities through working with arts organisations, networking and collaboration
- The School of Art and Design offers a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students
Postgraduate study at the Liverpool School of Art and Design is committed to giving a voice to those with a passion for uncovering new and established configurations of form. Our Art and Design graduates are people who confidently make their own creative decisions in both research and practice.
This programme allows the exploration and critical appraisal of individually negotiated Art and Design research projects. You will explore subject-specific research practices, with an ultimate view to interpreting these concepts, methodologies and debates in your own final art and design project.
Applying a range of historical, contemporary and critical processes, you will produce a rich and original piece of work using a specialist, descriptive and interpretative vocabulary.
You will also acquire skills in scholarly presentation, organisation communication, documentation and evaluation.
Under the guidance of specialist supervision, and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers, your work will include the opportunity to present a Symposium at Tate Liverpool and will culminate in the MRes thesis. This final assessment and celebration, will provide you with experience of real-world research processes. This will include an academic Q&A and new opportunities to connect with professionals in this heavily networked arts sector.
Information for international students
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 for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Please see the course page for more information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquries
- 0151 231 5090