Taught course

Contemporary Art

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

Entry requirements

When applying for an MPhil you should normally have, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject. If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered individually on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account. Application process:Send your application to the Faculty Admissions Hub (APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk +44(0) 151 231 5175); you will receive an acknowledgement receipt; your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor; we will take up your academic references; you may need to provide further information or attend an interview; you will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Philosophy in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University is designed for artists, writers, curators, and cultural practitioners, to develop practice and contribute to the wider field of contemporary art through research-based critical work.

  • ​Underpinned by the internationally distinguished research expertise of staff and visiting contributors.
  • Benefit from partnerships with key cultural institutions in Liverpool – Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial and FACT.
  • Join a School known for its internationally-acclaimed research.
  • Opportunities to transfer to the PhD programme upon successful completion of the MPhil.
  • Study in the Sterling Prize nominated John Lennon Art and Design Building.

The Master of Philosophy in Contemporary Art is a research degree designed for artists, writers, curators, and cultural practitioners, as an opportunity to develop practice and contribute to the wider field of contemporary art through research-based critical work.

​It offers the opportunity to undertake advance research in areas relating to wide range of artistic practices, critical writing, exhibition studies and curating, including specificity of periodic art exhibitions such as biennials.

You will work alongside dedicated supervisors, get involved in training workshops and seminars, actively participate in our research environment and public events and engage with our external cultural partner institutions.

You will be able to work with Liverpool Biennial which has a strong relationship with LJMU, through collaborative post and joint programme activities. The School's cultural partnerships with Tate Liverpool, FACT and RIBA North offer opportunities to develop public presentations, curatorial projects, and exhibitions.

In addition, the programme benefits from the context of our own Exhibition Research Centre activities and public art gallery located in the School of Art and Design John Lennon Building; LJMU Library, Special Collections and Archives (including Liverpool Biennial Archives) and a range of international collaborations and partnerships developed by staff.

What you will study on this degree Please see guidance below on areas of study to support your research

Specific research-related training needs are identified on an individual basis.

You can study topics such as:

  • Advanced Presentation Skills;
  • Applying for Ethical Approval;
  • How to be an Effective Researcher;
  • Poster Presentation/Design;
  • Postgraduate Employability Skills;
  • Project Management;
  • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis;
  • Surviving the Viva;
  • Speed Reading.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme's designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU's website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017. Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090