Liverpool John Moores University

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

Entry requirements (Home)

If you wish to enquire about making an application for a PhD or express your interest, please send a CV, brief personal statement and outline of your intended research proposal (no more than 500 words) to

The department can then discuss appropriate supervision. You may then be invited to make a full application or offered information about your potential application.

Should you then wish to make a full application please be aware of the following guidelines prior to submission.

Your application should include two main elements: a Personal Statement and a Research Proposal. We recommend the following structure:

1. Personal Statement

Approx. 500 words to include:

- Short paragraph on current role and responsibilities.
- Main paragraph on CV highlights ('greatest hits').
- Short paragraph on future aspirations including reason for the study and proposed location.

2. Research Proposal
Approx. 1500 words to include:

- Working Title of proposed research.
- Research Aim(s) (maximum three aims).
- Research Question.
- Background Statement - paragraph including information on the research field.
- Literature Review - paragraph highlighting exemplars in relation to the proposed field of study.
- Methods - paragraph including information on the proposed mode of study e.g. practice-led or thesis only.
- Proposed Structure - in bullet point form (typically three bullet points will suffice at this stage).
- Indicative Bibliography - including approx. 10 publications.

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.

Application process

- Complete and submit your application using this online form attaching your Personal Statement and Research Proposal
- You will receive an acknowledgement
- Your application will be considered by the department
- We will take up your academic references if these have not been provided
- You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
- You will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance


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
MPhil (Res) Part-time 2,265 (Credit) Home/EU 2 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time 2,265 (Credit) Home/EU 45 45 Months
MPhil (Res) Full-time 13,250 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time 13,250 (Year 1) International 33 33 Months
MPhil (Res) Full-time 4,525 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time 4,525 (Year 1) Home/EU 33 33 Months

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