Research course

Research Opportunities - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

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. International students must also hold an IELTS qualification of at least 6.5 or equivalent. Please note: some Faculties may require higher scores in individual parts of the test. Please check this with your Faculty before applying. Due to UK visa restrictions, international students wishing to come to the UK to study may only do so on a full time basis. If you are interested in doing a part time research degree programme, however, you may be able to do this from your own country and come to LJMU for approximately six weeks each year. If you are an international student applying for one of our research degree programmes in Public Health, you will need ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance. All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee.

Months of entry

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

Course content

At a glance:

  • Complete a research degree (MPhil / PhD) in a Faculty known for internationally-acclaimed research
  • Scholarships are available - eligibility criteria apply
  • Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
  • Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

Supervision Arrangements and Progression Monitoring

As a registered research student, you will be allocated an appropriately experienced supervision team of two or three supervisors. One of these supervisors will be appointed Director of Studies and given supervision responsibility.

Progression monitoring is undertaken formally and informally by the supervision team on an ongoing basis. Each Faculty has procedures in place to monitor the progress of their research students. On an annual basis, the University Research Degrees Committee will ask Faculties to monitor progress of all eligible postgraduate research students and provide a summative report to the Research Degrees Committee.

Registration Periods and Programme Routes

MPhil and PhD awards are offered on either a full-time or part-time basis. The minimum and maximum registration periods for each programme route are as follows:

  • Full Time: minimum 12 months, maximum 24 months
  • Part Time: minimum 24 months, maximum 48 months

PhD (via progression from MPhil registration and including the period of MPhil registration)

  • Full Time: minimum 33 months, maximum 48 months
  • Part Time: minimum 45 months, maximum 84 months

PhD (direct route not via MPhil)

  • Full Time: minimum 24 months, maximum 36 months
  • Part Time: minimum 36 months, maximum 72 months

The programme route you are enrolled upon will depend upon your qualifications and experience. The majority of LJMU students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful progression from MPhil.

Training opportunities

The University offers a comprehensive Research Student Induction programme, together with a varied programme of generic skills training opportunities. Attendance at Research Student Induction is a compulsory condition of research degree registration. Other generic skills training opportunities include:

  • 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

Faculties also offer subject-specific research training depending on individual needs.

Information for postgraduate research students can also be found on the Graduate School web site.

Supervision for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is available in the following subject areas:

  • Education
  • Sport, Dance And Outdoor Education
  • Nutrition And Health
  • Leisure And Tourism
  • Alcohol
  • Environment And Sustainability
  • Sexual Health
  • Drugs
  • Injury
  • Violence
  • Intelligence And Surveillance
  • Obesity
  • Population Health
  • Tobacco

There is a taught MRes Education and Society programme which gives the opportunity to develop research methodological skills across a wide spectrum of education and social science disciplines. All MPhil and PhD research students are expected to attend these research modules as an essential background to their research.

The research environment is enhanced by 75 research students and six research professors who make significant contributions to research seminars and conferences both within the Faculty and at external conferences.

Research students are funded through projects mainly undertaken with key partners in schools, education authorities, the food and leisure industry, community groups in sport and dance and other universities. Many projects are of national and international significance and are presented at conferences both at home and abroad.

Research groups are also culturally diverse and reflect the cosmopolitan nature of projects undertaken in the Faculty. Research in the Faculty is central to its strategic aims of providing quality education, engaging in enterprise activities and contributing to the regeneration of the region.

The applied nature of much of our research and the relevance it has to health and social care professionals, policy and practise ensures that the Faculty’s contribution to research impact is sustainable.

The Faculty welcomes interested parties from the UK and abroad to engage in research. Research and evaluation groups and centres are involved in cutting edge investigations that are congruent with the Faculty’s strategic aims.

This approach aims to strengthen a research and scholarly active culture and to promote the value of research with its partners and constituents.

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 for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Faculty Admissions Hub

Tel: +44(0) 151 231 5829

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090