Entry requirements (Home)
If you wish to enquire about making an application for a PhD or express your interest, please send a CV, brief personal statement and outline of your intended research proposal (no more than 500 words) to email@example.com
The department can then discuss appropriate supervision. You may then be invited to make a full application or offered information about your potential application.
Should you then wish to make a full application please be aware of the following guidelines prior to submission.
Your application should include two main elements: a Personal Statement and a Research Proposal. We recommend the following structure:
1. Personal Statement
Approx. 500 words to include:
- Short paragraph on current role and responsibilities.
- Main paragraph on CV highlights ('greatest hits').
- Short paragraph on future aspirations including reason for the study and proposed location.
2. Research Proposal
Approx. 1500 words to include:
- Working Title of proposed research.
- Research Aim(s) (maximum three aims).
- Research Question.
- Background Statement - paragraph including information on the research field.
- Literature Review - paragraph highlighting exemplars in relation to the proposed field of study.
- Methods - paragraph including information on the proposed mode of study e.g. practice-led or thesis only.
- Proposed Structure - in bullet point form (typically three bullet points will suffice at this stage).
- Indicative Bibliography - including approx. 10 publications.
If you are applying for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD you should normally have, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class 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 had research training directly related to the PhD project
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.
- Complete and submit your application using the online form attaching your Personal Statement and Research Proposal
- You will receive an acknowledgement
- Your application will be considered by the department
- We will take up your academic references if these have not been provided
- 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
Entry requirements (International)
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, March, February
Discover excellent postgraduate research opportunities at LJMU’s School of Law and benefit from: the support of research mentors, investment in staff development and opportunities to attend national and international conferences.
- Study full or part time
- Join a School known for its internationally-acclaimed research
- Explore the availability of research scholarships
- Enjoy expert supervision and researcher training
- Benefit from excellent facilities and great industry connections
Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via progression from MPhil.
You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.
The University offers a comprehensive induction programme and a varied programme of generic skills training opportunities.
You will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your research.
Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU’s Graduate School which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.
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 Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090