Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Postgraduate research opportunities in the Screen School

Excellent research opportunities await at the Liverpool Screen School, 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 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

Explore the possibilities Explore excellent postgraduate research opportunities at the Liverpool Screen School and benefit from a learning environment at the forefront of contemporary developments and a team of experts who regularly contribute to international initiatives. The Liverpool Screen School offers a warm and friendly environment, founded on a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting creativity; excellent learning resources and first-class student support. As a postgraduate researcher, you will work alongside professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience. The School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme and has close links with local and national news organisations, including the BBC and ITV. Our academic team has a growing international reputation, winning contracts with the British Council to liaise with universities abroad and securing research grants from national and international funding bodies. Staff have all worked in the industry and have years of experience in print, radio, television and online journalism. Many also have an excellent record of research and are widely published. Conducting an individual and exciting body of research in the field of drama, film studies, media production, journalism or writing you will be allocated an appropriately experienced supervision team. This team will work with you throughout your research project. One supervisor will be appointed as your Director of Studies with responsibility for providing you with regular constructive feedback and guidance so that you can achieve your research goals. Within our School we have three distinct research groups: Media, Culture, Communications Writers' Workshop Drama and Performance We also collaborate with external partners, such as: Willy Russell, the Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, Sound City, Writing on the Wall, The Bluecoat, Tate Liverpool, Lancashire Constabulary, the social services within Lancashire and the Royal Court Liverpool. We aim to build on our existing research strengths and welcome the emergence of new strands and interests in our already diverse research community.

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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