Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Design, Discourse and Practice

LJMU's Design Discourse MPhil is a unique research degree for researchers, designers, writers, curators, historians and interdisciplinary cultural studies practitioners. - Study at the Liverpool School of Art and Design - Develop a distinctive research-based project - Benefit from the internationally renowned, interdisciplinary research expertise of staff, professors and advisers - Work in a unique collaborative environment for postgraduate students - Benefit from unique facilities for design research and practice ?This programme offers the opportunity to undertake advanced research in areas relating to a wide range of design practices, design discourse and critical writing. The programme can focus solely on critical theory, resulting in a written thesis OR comprise a written thesis with practice-based artefacts relating to the critical theory. The course is led by Dr Lee Wright, a specialist in Design History and Theory, who teaches the history and theory of fashion design & fashion communication, including fashion photography. Her field of expertise spans material and visual culture with a focus on popular culture studies.

Entry requirements

Master of Philosophy - MPhil: You will need: a minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject (including 2:1 for the written component of a practice-based programme) proof that you have undertaken research directly or indirectly related to the proposed MPhil project Additional information: Alternative qualifications will be considered on merit with research and experience taken into consideration IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) Pearson 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

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, the final examination of your MPhil will be via thesis and oral examination. You may be able progress from MPhil to PhD, via a written and oral assessment at the end of the programme.


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

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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