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School of Law - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Discover excellent postgraduate research opportunities at LJMU's School of Law and benefit from: the support of research mentors, investment in staff development and opportunities to attend national and international conferences.

Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via progression from MPhil. The University offers a comprehensive induction programme and a varied programme of generic skills training opportunities.

You will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your research. Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU's Graduate School which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.

Entry requirements

If you are applying for an MPhil or an MPhil/PhD you should normally have, or be expecting to obtain, a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

  • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
  • have had research training directly related to the PhD project

If you have qualifications other than those above, your application will be considered individually on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.

International students

Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent). Please check specific requirements with your School before applying.

Due to visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,300 (Academic year) Home/EU 1 2 Years
MPhil Full-time £ 11,630 (Academic year) International 1 2 Years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,150 (Credit) Home/EU 24 48 Months
PhD Full-time £ 4,300 (Academic year) Home/EU 2 4 Years
PhD Full-time £ 11,630 (Academic year) International 2 4 Years
PhD Part-time £ 2,150 (Credit) Home/EU 36 84 Months

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