Liverpool John Moores University
Postgraduate research opportunities in Law
Excellent research opportunities await at the School of Law, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts.
- Study full or part-time over one to seven years
- Choose from a wide range of subject areas (see Details tab for more information)
- Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a Faculty known for its internationally-acclaimed research
- Explore scholarship opportunities
- Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
- Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections
The programme route you undertake will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most of our students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful progression from MPhil.
You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: You will need:
a minimum 2.1 Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
research training relating to your chosen subject area for a PhD
IELTS 6.5 minimum 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
RPL is accepted on this programme
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School of Law
Explore the possibilities
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.
The School of Law offers a range of opportunities for you to play an active part in an evolving, dynamic and engaging postgraduate culture. Our academic team comprises research active lecturers, qualified and former practitioners of law and criminal justice services plus internationally established experts.
Through its portfolio of postgraduate opportunities and the enthusiastic support and guidance of a dynamic and dedicated staff group, the School offers a stimulating and rewarding environment for research, where work-related skills development is seen as a priority. In the 2014 REF, research submitted by LJMU's School of Law was ranked 4th in the UK's Post-92 universities, with over 97% recognised internationally or considered internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate studies are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to work alongside leading experts.
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Final examination for both the MPhil and the PhD is by thesis and oral examination.
The MPhil differs from the PhD in terms of the depth of study required and the extent of your personal contribution to knowledge. It requires competence in conducting an independent enquiry as well as in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques. Examiners will expect you to display satisfactory background knowledge of the subject.
To gain a PhD you are expected to show mastery of a special field and to have made an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge, or the generation of new ideas. Examiners will expect you to be at the forefront of understanding in your chosen topic.
If you are studying for an MPhil you may be able to progress to a PhD, via written and oral assessments in Year 2 (for full-time students) or Year 3 (for part-time students).
|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|
|Master of Philosophy - MPhil||Full-time||September 2019||2 Years|
|Master of Philosophy - MPhil||Part-time||September 2019||4 Years|
|Doctor of Philosophy - PhD||Part-time||September 2019||84 Months|
|Doctor of Philosophy - PhD||Part-time||June 2019||84 Months|
|Master of Philosophy - MPhil||Part-time||June 2019||4 Years|
|Doctor of Philosophy - PhD||Full-time||September 2019||48 Months|
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