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Postgraduate research opportunities in Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Excellent research opportunities await at LJMU's School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, 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 honours degree in a relevant subject
a 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 Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Explore the possibilities

The multidisciplinary School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of Pharmacy education in the world and has been delivering industry-relevant courses since 1849. We guarantee all of our students a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured studies and 24/7 access to extensive resources.

We offer our researchers access to outstanding facilities and exceptional expertise. Research funding is obtained from sources including the British Council, Research Councils, the Department of Health, the European Commission, the Swiss Government and, reflecting our particular interests in the applied aspects of subjects, directly from industry. We are also part of an established international network of university research groups with associates in Bangladesh, India, China, France, Libya, Spain, Slovakia, Iran, Thailand and beyond.

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
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
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 48 Months

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