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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Postgraduate research opportunities in Natural Sciences and Psychology

Excellent research opportunities await at the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, 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.

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

School of Natural Sciences and Psychology
Explore the possibilities

The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology is based in LJMU's City Campus at the Byrom Street site, in the heart of Liverpool city centre. It offers excellent laboratory and research facilities, including appetite laboratories. psychology testing labs and neuroscience labs.

The School has established relationships with: the University of Florence (Italy), the University of Athens (Greece), the Natural History Museum (London), the Centre Arche´ologique de la Grotte Scladina (Belgium), Universtiy of Tu¨bingen and Max Plank Institute for History and the Sciences (Germany), University of Algarve (Portugal), Universitat Auto`noma de Barcelona and Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (University of Manchester).

School staff are involved in overseas research in association with international partners and frequently publish in high profile journals. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 96% of the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience research submitted by LJMU was classed as world-leading or internationally important.

The School offers supervision for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

Evolutionary anthropology and paleoecology including fossil mammal research; palaeoanthropology; bioarchaeology; forensic anthropology; primate behaviour and conservation; ecology, evolution and the environment

Psychology and applied psychology; including cognition, developmental and educational psychology, health psychology, substance abuse and consciousness and transpersonal psychology

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 June 2019 84 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 48 Months
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 84 Months
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time September 2019 4 Years

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