Research course

Research Opportunities - Faculty of Science

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

If you are applying for an MPhil or MPhil/PhD you should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject. If you are applying for PhD direct you must hold a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject, and have had research training directly related to the PhD project. If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered 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 the relevant 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. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your own country and travel to LJMU for short periods (approximately six weeks each year). International students wishing to apply for research degree programmes in the following subjects will require ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance: •Astrophysics •Biology •Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry •Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy Please click here for guidance on how to apply. 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:

  • Minimum study of 1 year full time, maximum 6 years part time
  • 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 research student, you will be allocated two or three appropriately experienced supervisors who will work with you as a team. One of these supervisors will be appointed your Director of Studies and will have responsibility for supervising you on a regular and frequent basis.

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 current 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 in Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
  • Surviving the Viva
  • Speed Reading

In addition to this, individual Faculties offer subject-specific research training depending on specific student needs.

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

Astrophysics Research Institute

Astrophysics including studies in Star Formation; Stellar Evolution and Stellar Populations; Time-Domain Astrophysics (particularly novae, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts); Galaxy Formation, Dynamics and Evolution (including AGN) and Galaxy Clusters.

Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Sport and Exercise Sciences including Biomechanics; Brain and Behaviour; Cardiovascular Science; Chronobiology; Muscle Metabolism and Nutrition; Physical Activity Exercise and Health; Psychology and Development; Science of Football.

Research in Sport and Exercise Science covers broad and multi-disciplinary topics that range from the cell to the whole body, from the athlete to the patient and from the very young to the very old. Researchers seek to understand and generate new information related to both the impact of exercise on health and well-being as well as the way scientific knowledge can help optimise sports performance.

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology

Evolutionary Anthropology and Paleoecology including Fossil Mammal Research; Palaeoanthropology; Bioarchaeology; Forensic Anthropology; Primate Behaviour and Conservation; Ecology, Evolution and the Environment.

Psychology and Applied Psychology; including Cognition, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Substance Abuse and Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology.

The research interests of academic staff are detailed on the school website. For research programmes in Psychology, applicants must hold a qualification approved by the BPS for Graduate Basis for Registration.

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

The School conducts research in a diverse range of areas, from social science in Pharmacy Practice; through laboratory work in Drug Delivery and Materials Science; Biochemistry; Cell Biology; Genetics and Forensic Science; Microbiology; Toxicology; Medicinal Chemistry (for which the School houses specialised equipment) to QSAR and Modelling, using sophisticated computer programmes.

Much of the research conducted in the School is multi-disciplinary and there are strong links with industry and the NHS.

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

Sarah Lightfoot - Information Officer

0151 231 2153 or


Faculty Admissions Hub

Tel: +44(0) 151 231 2888

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
71 months


full time
12 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090