Research course


University of Liverpool · Liverpool Law School
PhDMPhilLLM by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for the MPhil/PhD are expected to hold a first degree in law, with at least a strong 2:1 classification (or equivalent). Most applicants will also be expected to have a postgraduate qualification in Law or a related discipline (for example, an LLM or other Masters degree); however, this is not an absolute requirement and each application will be assessed on its own merits. Applicants for the LLM by research are expected to hold a first degree in Law, with at least a strong 2:1 classification (or equivalent).

Months of entry

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

Course content

With our wide-ranging research activities we can accommodate a wide variety of research topics and are always happy to discuss ideas before you make a formal proposal.

Facilities here are excellent. As a full-time PhD student you’ll have allocated office space and your own computer. Part-time PhD students meanwhile have hot desks and computing facilities provided.

You’ll also enjoy excellent resources in the University's social science libraries, as well as personalised research training according to your needs.

At the end of your first year, you’ll present your work to academic staff and incoming PhD students at the School’s annual postgraduate conference. In the second year, you’ll present a poster.

To help you raise your profile further there's funding available to attend conferences and events from the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee.

Please feel free to identify potential supervisors on this site and approach them to discuss your idea before submitting a formal proposal.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months

LLM by research

full time
12-36 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927