Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Contemporary Art

This programme offers the opportunity to undertake advance research in areas relating to a wide range of artistic practices, critical writing, exhibition studies, and curating, including periodic art exhibitions such as biennials. ?You will work alongside dedicated supervisors, get involved in training workshops and seminars, actively participate in our research environment and public events, and engage with our external cultural partner institutions. In addition, the programme benefits from the context of our own Exhibition Research Lab activities, public art gallery, and a wider community of international researchers, staff, and visiting staff in the School and the University. Researchers will have access to the extensive resources at LJMU Library, Special Collections and Archives (including archives of Liverpool Biennial, Punk, Situationist International, Everyman Theatre, Cybernetics and Stafford Beer, amongst others), as well as a range of international collaborations and partnerships developed by staff. Research is supported by staff with the range of research interests and expertize in the the following areas: contemporary art, exhibition studies, contemporary curatorial practice, socially engaged art practice, creative labour in the cultural industries, archival practices, digital culture, and critical theory.

Entry requirements

Master of Philosophy - MPhil: You will need: a minimum 2:1 in a relevant subject Additional information: IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes) RPL is accepted on this programme If you have any specific queries, please contact

Course modules

Master of Philosophy - MPhil: Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Core Modules Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional & Social Studies Research Proposition and Development Research Project Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Studies Master of Philosophy - MPhil: Liverpool School of Art and Design Research Explore the possibilities Discover excellent postgraduate research opportunities at the Liverpool School of Art and Design where practice-led research enables you to articulate your own practice and explore contemporary developments. Liverpool School of Art and Design is organised around strong disciplinary cultures, within a dynamic environment that supports interaction and debate between staff and students within and across subject areas. The School conducts internationally important research which informs student learning. In the 2014 REF, 85% of research submitted by Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory at LJMU was recognised internationally or considered internationally excellent. This research helps ensure our learning is positioned at the leading edge of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts. Individual research project proposals will be agreed by the Faculty Research Committee before being approved.

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time January 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time January 2019 - 4 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time June 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time June 2019 - 4 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 5,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time September 2019 7,225 per Year 1 (International) 4 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time September 2019 2,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 4 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
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