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School of Education – Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Explore fascinating postgraduate research opportunities in the School Education at Liverpool John Moores University. Undertake world class research and lead the debate on the future of education.

Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via 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.

Student support

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.

You will be based at the IM Marsh campus in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, just four miles from the city centre. Here you will have your own desk and computer in office space shared with other research students, enabling you to build up a strong peer network.

Course modules

Our staff offer a wide range of expertise. Tutors contribute to the development of national education policy and government initiatives/policy in curriculum development, school leadership and governance, and initial teacher education.

Specific research-related training needs are identified on an individual basis. You can study topics such as:

  • Advanced Presentation Skills    
  • Applying for Ethical Approval
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Poster Presentation/Design
  • Postgraduate Employability Skills
  • Project Management
  • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
  • Surviving the Viva
  • Speed Reading

Assessment methods

Following the completion of your research, the final examination of your MPhil and PhD will be via thesis and oral examination.

You can progress from MPhil to PhD, via a written and oral assessment in Year 2 (full time students) or Year 3 (part time students).

The PhD requires:

  • competence in conducting an independent enquiry
  • competence in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques
  • you to be at the forefront of understanding your specialist topic
  • an original, personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge or the generation of new ideas


Research fees are still being confirmed. Please contact the School for more details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MPhil Full-time 1 2 Years
MPhil Part-time 24 48 Months
PhD Full-time 2 4 Years
PhD Part-time 36 84 Months

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