Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Postgraduate research opportunities in Computer Science

Excellent research opportunities await in the Dept. of Computer Science, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts. - 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 and 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

The Department of Computer Science offers a vibrant teaching and research environment, equipped with the latest facilities. It has a supportive community of over 1000 taught students and more than 70 researchers from at least 20 countries worldwide as well as over 40 highly qualified academics plus teams of skilled technical and administrative staff. In addition to University-wide IT facilities, you will have access to up-to-date specialist computing facilities within the Department itself. We have nine specialist teaching laboratories, with over 400 workstations, managed by a team of eight technical staff. We offer a range of desktop platforms from Windows to MacOS and Linux as well as mobile platforms, such as iOS and Android. We also offer a cloud environment and virtualisation systems for specialist applications. We are a licensed Sony PlayStation developer and have PS4 and Vita development kits. Our research laboratories are fitted with air conditioning, ergonomic seating and category 2 lighting, plus state-of-the-art design technology for a modern computing environment. The Department has a rich research base and, in the latest research assessment (REF 2014), 48% of our research was ranked as being internationally excellent, with 80% of our research rated as high impact in terms of reach and significance. We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placements, research, consultancy, short course activity and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. We have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

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 Course duration
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 September 2019 - 48 Months
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 - 84 Months

Campus details

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Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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