Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

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.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required 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. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

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

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


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