Research course

LLM (by Research)

University of Liverpool · Liverpool Law School
LLM 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). Applications are not restricted to any particular subject field or research topic. However, applicants are reminded of the importance of proposing a viable topic for doctoral research, which can be supervised by Law School staff. Academics are generally very willing to discuss ideas before a formal proposal is made, and applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and liaise with potential supervisors in advance. Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

Months of entry


Course content

In addition to the taught postgraduate programmes the School also offers supervision for research degrees of MPhil/PhD (normally 2-4 years full-time) or LLM by Research (normally 1-3 years full-time).

For further information on postgraduate research in the School, including details of funding opportunities, guidance on writing a research proposal and profiles of current PhD students, visit the School’s Postgraduate Research website at More general information relevant to all research students is also available from Graduate School's website.

In an increasingly complex world, Law is no longer just for lawyers: it enhances any CV. Postgraduate study enhances understanding of issues at a theoretical and practical level. English law is no longer a UK based experience and the content of our postrgraduate programmes reflect this in both design and delivery. International firms are looking for rounded graduates, and opportunities exist all over the world. Over 75% of our postgraduates were employed or in further education within six months of graduation (DLHE 2009). No prior knowledge of English Law is necessary on our programmes – all students are equipped with the necessary skills through a bespoke Legal Research Training module to equip them with the necessary subject skills and knowledge to excel in their chosen programme of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time: £4,195 Part-time: £2,098 (2017)
International students
Full-time: £15,350, Part-time: £7,675 (2017)

Qualification and course duration

LLM by research

full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927