Taught course

Art in Science

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

This cross-disciplinary programme is open to a range of applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • 2:1 visual arts degree
  • Applicants from a non-standard background are welcomed
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within time limits
  • Two references are required

Months of entry


Course content

This is a unique opportunity for artists to collaborate in the world of science with opportunities in the fields of public health, astrophysics, sports science, technology, museum practice, computing, medicine and forensics.

  • Enrol on a truly innovative course, collaboratively developed with academic experts across a number of disciplines that include: Art and Design, Science, Education, Health and Community, Technology and Environment.
  • Enjoy access to a number of different established research centres across Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Develop real world skills on a programme unique to the UK and decide which areas of art and science you wish to follow as the programme progresses.
  • Explore art and science project briefs in unexpected forms.

This practical, collaborative and vocational discipline can be applied to a rich variety of creative contexts and purposes within collaborative areas in art and science.

The MA is a studio based programme with collaborative practice and discovery at its core. The programme will offer a number of options for study and collaboration including; science and archaeological visualisation, museums, advertising, education, public health, biomedical communications, sports science and forensics.

You will focus on the practical application of art in a science context and be guided in understanding how this translates through a sequence of set and self-initiated projects.

You will define your existing practice and extend its scope and ambition within an art and science context, while studying themes related to public engagement, ethics, data protection and working with humans in research, and developing an understanding of current research happening in collaborative areas in art and science.

The programme will encourage you to work across other disciplines and, where appropriate, collaborate with other MA programmes within the Liverpool School of Art and Design, as well as other postgraduate taught courses across LJMU and external partners. It aims to help you to understand research happening in collaborative areas in art and science, and to develop research skills and relevant approaches to your practice and the critical techniques to support your final project.

Learning takes place predominantly through the creative and critical exploration of research focused Art in Science projects.

The programme is delivered full time over one year and features a significant amount of independent study. You will exhibit your final work at the Masters degree show which involves all Liverpool School of Art and Design's taught postgraduate Masters students.

Facilities and Research Groups

The programme is based in the Liverpool School of Art and Design’s John Lennon Art and Design building, a purpose-built facility in Liverpool city centre which encourages interaction between different disciplines and sharing of ideas and expertise.

As a Masters student on this course you may become linked to our Exhibition Research Centre, Design Lab, Contemporary Art Lab and the Face Lab.

Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to visit and potentially collaborate with research centres across LJMU. This may include:

  • The Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
  • Centre for Public Health
  • Astrophysics Research Institute
  • Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology
  • the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting International students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090