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Postgraduate research opportunities in Public Health

Excellent research opportunities await at the Public Health Institute, 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.

Entry requirements

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 direct

Additional information:

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

If you have any specific queries, please contact

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements:

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team ( for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages:

Course modules

Public Health Institute
Explore the possibilities

The Public Health Institute is an internationally renowned, vibrant research and teaching community working at a local, regional, national and international level.

The Institute offers expertise in health, research, evaluation, systematic reviews, surveillance, audit, epidemiology and statistics. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to public health, working with health services, local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.

Research for a higher degree should be an exciting, enjoyable, intellectually stimulating and valuable experience and that is what's on offer at the Public Health Institute. You will benefit from unique networking opportunities, learn all about research methodology and work with expert academics carrying out innovative research and engagement activities.

The wide range of expertise on offer in the Institute means it is able to provide extensive supervisory opportunities for postgraduate research. And due to the applied nature of the work here, tutors are always able to ensure that research is relevant to professions, policy and practice. Resident academics offer a dynamic, simulating and supportive research environment with regular research seminars, an annual Faculty research conference and training workshops.

You will have a supervisory team made up of academic leaders in their field. This team will maintain close and regular contact with you, assessing your wider training needs and helping you progress your research and uphold the highest possible standards. Based in the Henry Cotton building in Liverpool city centre, 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.

The Institute's areas of interest include:

Drugs: the Institute supports evidence-based drugs policy through epidemiology, monitoring, evidence, review, intervention evaluation and primary research

Alcohol: the Institute evaluates interventions, reviews evidence and delivers original research into alcohol consumption and harm across a range of populations and settings

Sexual Health: the Institute provides intelligence, evaluation and research across a range of sexual health-related topics to support policy and service planning

Violence and Unintentional Injury: the Institute supports evidence-based violence prevention at local and global levels through original research, intelligence, evidence review and intervention evaluation

Intelligence and Surveillance: the Institute collects data and monitors systems to support Public Health reporting, evidence review, evaluation and research

We also investigate topics such as: Population Health, International Public Health, Environment and Sustainability and Tobacco.

Assessment methods

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
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 14,450 (Year 1) International 84 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 4,525 (Year 1) Home/EU 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 Full-time June 2019 48 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 84 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 48 Months

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