Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Art in Science

This is a unique opportunity for artists to collaborate in the world of science with opportunities in the fields of public health, astrophysics, sports science, technology, museum practice, computing, medicine and forensics. The MA is a studio based programme with collaborative practice and discovery at its core. The programme will offer a number of options for study and collaboration including; science and archaeological visualisation, museums, advertising, education, public health, biomedical communications, sports science and forensics. You will focus on the practical application of art in a science context and be guided in understanding how this translates through a sequence of set and self-initiated projects. You will define your existing practice and extend its scope and ambition within an art and science context, while studying themes related to public engagement, ethics, data protection and working with humans in research, and developing an understanding of current research happening in collaborative areas in art and science. The programme will encourage you to work across other disciplines and, where appropriate, collaborate with other MA programmes within the Liverpool School of Art and Design, as well as other postgraduate taught courses across LJMU and external partners. It aims to help you to understand research happening in collaborative areas in art and science, and to develop research skills and relevant approaches to your practice and the critical techniques to support your final project. Learning takes place predominantly through the creative and critical exploration of research focused Art in Science projects. The programme is delivered full time over one year and features a significant amount of independent study. You will exhibit your final work at the Masters degree show which involves all Liverpool School of Art and Design's taught postgraduate Masters students. Facilities and Research Groups The programme is based in the Liverpool School of Art and Design's John Lennon Art and Design building, a purpose-built facility in Liverpool city centre which encourages interaction between different disciplines and sharing of ideas and expertise. As a Masters student on this course you may become linked to our Exhibition Research Centre, Design Lab, Contemporary Art Lab and the Face Lab. Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to visit and potentially collaborate with research centres across LJMU. This may include: The Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, Centre for Public Health, Astrophysics Research Institute, Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology and the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Entry requirements

MA: You will need: minimum 2:1 honours degree in a related subject area (those with a 2:2, non-related degree or non-standard background will be considered on an individual basis and will need to attend an interview and provide a portfolio (plus a CV for non-standard applicants) to submit a portfolio of 8-12 images of any subject in any media or written work, that demonstrate your own practice and/or interest in Art/Science Additional information: IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) 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: MA: This cross-disciplinary programme is open to a range of applicants who meet the following criteria: - An honours degree at 2:1 classification from a UK University (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a related subject area. - All applicants are required to submit a portfolio for assessment. Portfolios should consist of 8-12 images of any subject in any media or written work, which demonstrates your own practice and/or interest in Art/Science. - All applicants should be available for interview if requested. - Applicants from a non-standard background or those without a related degree are welcomed, and will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment will include a review of portfolio, CV and interview. - Applicants should be able to demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within the time limits. - Your personal statement should detail why you wish to study this programme and include personal experience and particular aspects of the programme that you find interesting. - One reference is required.

Course modules

MA: The Art in Science MA at Liverpool School of Art and Design is a studio based programme that focuses on collaborative practice and discovery at its core. You will be encourage to work across disciplines and critically analyse the concepts, values and debates that inform study and practice in the field. Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework, and feature a dissertation and extended research project to demonstrate your advanced learning. Guest lecturers working across art-science disciplines expose you to critically engaged making and design practices, and by visiting, learning from and interacting with globally renowned practitioners and researchers at our partner institutions; you will receive a rich and diverse introduction to a range of international collaborative practices that are at the root of cutting edge art-science collaborative research. To foster a collaborative research culture, students from all taught postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Art and Design share a creative studio. This studio space aims to cultivate an interdisciplinary community that provides students with opportunities to work across disciplines. Modules Studio Practice - Art in Science (30 credits) Research and Practice 1 (30 credits) Collaborative Practice (30 credits) Research and Practice 2 - Art in Science (30 credits) Major Project (60 credits) MA: Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Level 7 •Studio practice (Art in Science) •Research and Practice •Collaborative practice •Major project (Art in Science)

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. The programme is assessed through presentations, proposals, practical projects, reports and supporting documents. The high level of seminar and tutorial contact allows for considerable formative assessment and feedback ahead of the summative assessment for each module.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 6,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 35 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 13,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2019 6,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2019 38 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

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

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