Research course

Design, Discourse and Practice

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

Entry requirements

You will need:
  • a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject (including 2:1 for the written component of a practice-based programme)
  • proof that you have undertaken research directly or indirectly related to the proposed MPhil project
Additional information:
  • Alternative qualifications will be considered on merit with research and experience taken into consideration
  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
If you have any specific queries, please contact

Months of entry

January, September, June

Course content

LJMU's Design Discourse MPhil is a unique research degree for researchers, designers, writers, curators, historians and interdisciplinary cultural studies practitioners.
  • Study at the Liverpool School of Art and Design
  • Develop a distinctive research-based project
  • Benefit from the internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research expertise of staff, professors and advisers
  • Work in a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students
  • Benefit from unique facilities for design research and practice
  • Each programme of study must be approved by Faculty and University Research Degrees Committees
​This programme offers the opportunity to undertake advanced research in areas relating to a wide range of design practices, design discourse and critical writing. The programme can focus solely on critical theory, resulting in a written thesis OR comprise a written thesis with practice-based artefacts relating to the critical theory.

You will work alongside dedicated supervisors, get involved in training workshops and seminars, and actively participate in our research environment and public events.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0) 151 231 5090