Taught course

Contemporary Art

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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

To study for an MPhil or MPhil/PhD you should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

  • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
  • have undertaken research training directly related to the PhD project

If you have alternative qualifications, your application will be considered on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.


Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). Please check specific requirements with your School before applying.

Due to Visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for further details.To obtain a Tier 4 Visa for full time study in the UK, you will need to show evidence that the money 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. For more details, see our international website.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, February

Course content

The Master of Philosophy in Contemporary Art is a unique research degree for artists, writers, curators, and interdisciplinary cultural practitioners to develop their practice and contribute to the wider field of contemporary art through research-based critical work, in partnership with Liverpool Biennial.

  • Situated within the cutting-edge research of the Exhibition Research Lab (ERL) at Liverpool School of Art and Design and Liverpool Biennial
  • Supported by collaborative partnerships with cultural institutions in Liverpool including Tate Liverpool, FACT (Foundation for Creative Art and Technology) and Liverpool Biennial
  • Offering a unique opportunity for developing distinctive research-based practice
  • Supported by internationally distinguished interdisciplinary research expertise of staff, visiting professors and advisors
  • Offered Full Time over 18 months, with a possibility of transfer to PhD programme after 12 months
  • The School of Art and Design offers a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students.

This programme offers the opportunity to undertake advance research in areas relating to a wide range of artistic practices, critical writing, exhibition studies, and curating, including 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.

In addition, the programme benefits from the context of our own Exhibition Research Lab activities, public art gallery, and a wider community of international researchers, staff, and visiting staff in the School and the University. Researchers will have access to the extensive resources at LJMU Library, Special Collections and Archives (including archives of Liverpool Biennial, Punk, Situationist International, Everyman Theatre, Cybernetics and Stafford Beer, amongst others), as well as a range of international collaborations and partnerships developed by staff.

Research is supported by staff with the range of research interests and expertize in the the following areas: contemporary art, exhibition studies, contemporary curatorial practice, socially engaged art practice, creative labour in the cultural industries, archival practices, digital culture, and critical theory.

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


full time
18 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090