Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Art and Design

Through the programme you will develop a range of critical and analytical skills that are relevant to the discipline of research in art and design. You will also acquire more general skills in scholarly presentation, communication, documentation and evaluation of ideas appropriate to work at postgraduate level. Working more independently will give you practical experience in honing your organisational skills but also greater opportunity for creative and innovative thinking than undergraduate study may have allowed. The Masters of Research gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in Art and Design at postgraduate level, under the guidance of specialist supervision and amongst a diverse community of fellow researchers.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have a good first degree in a visual arts related subject, although applications from students with other degrees will be considered. Where English is not a first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) must be achieved.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

•Research methods for arts, professional and social studies

Introduces you to library, bibliographic, online and other facilities necessary for postgraduate research; assisting you in recognising and applying appropriate strategies for developing a research project
•Professional development for researchers in arts, professional and social studies

Provides you with professional guidance geared to the conduct and dissemination of research
•Research proposition and development

Offers the support of a practical and critical environment within which students can develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate their research.
•Research project

Assesses the feasibility of a proposed research project via a literature review including an investigation of primary and secondary source material
•Collaborative Practice
A school-wide module which promotes in depth investigation into contemporary creative practices and provides, through collaboration with established key partners, an understanding of the social, cultural and economic environment of the city

Assessment methods

Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.

The programme offers a qualification in its own right, equivalent to a modular Masters degree on a taught programme. It can also operate as the base on which a doctoral programme (PhD) is mounted. On successful completion you are eligible to apply for PhD direct without undergoing the normal MPhil registration and subsequent transfer application to PhD.

Varied assessment methods include illustrated oral presentations and preparation for coursework, group and individual research projects. Key skills are monitored in your use of IT, research methods, the ability work as part of a team, enhanced essay writing techniques, ability to give oral presentations, compile reports, write reviews, maintain reflective practice journals and prepare documents to a high standard of presentation.

In terms of personal skills, you will develop confidence and expertise, and will learn to manage your time effectively and organise your work. The final Research Project also includes the opportunity for you, where appropriate, to curate your own exhibition, produce a practical portfolio or exhibition and submit a body of creative work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

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