Entry requirements

Applicants for MRes in English will normally be expected to have a good first degree (a 2:1 or above) in literature, cultural history, or a related subject. Applications are welcomed from highly motivated non-standard entry students with relevant experience, but without the necessary formal qualifications. Prospective applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader for further information. Overseas applicants should have acquired passes in appropriate examinations in their country of origin, and, where English is not their first language, an IELTS score of 6.5, with a score of 7 in written work.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes English at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to carry out novel investigations on narrative, its function and potential to affect human experience and our ways of being. You will be based in our Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History, where you will work alongside other students and leading academics in this fascinating field.

  • Complete this masters full time (one year)
  • Staff research judged to be of international excellence and world-leading quality
  • A valuable foundation for progression to PhD
  • Work alongside active researchers in the field and become a part of a thriving academic community
  • Excellent career development opportunities through our working relationships with Merseyside employers

The English MRes combines supervised independent research with specialist training in research methods and academic skills, while also helping students become aware of the wide variety of approaches currently practised in the discipline

Over the course of the programme you will be introduced to key developments in the field of literary studies and given the skills necessary to producing a successful postgraduate research project. You will be working individually with a supervisor throughout the year, as well as taking part on taught modules with fellow English MRes students and others across the faculty. In addition, you will become a part of the wider research activities of the English department itself.

You will receive specialist supervision and study within a diverse community of fellow researchers. Staff are active in a wide range of fields, from early modern literature to prison writing, late 19th-century national identities, Scottish and Irish studies, theories of the everyday, and contemporary British fiction. They are also involved in several major research projects, including: Shakespeare North at Prescott; The Everyman Archive; The Archive of Working-Class Writing.

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 www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please contact the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk or telephone 0151 231 5175

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquries
0151 231 5090