Postgraduate Research

Information for Research Postgraduate Applicants

Research Degree Programmes

Research Postgraduate students in the School Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences are engaged in research leading to either an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) or a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The MPhil programme of research includes research training and the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project. The programme continues for one year full-time or up to three years part-time. The PhD programme of research also includes research training and a research project which will contain substantial elements of originality. This programme continues for three years full-time or up to six years part-time. The school also offers taught Masters courses in Clinical Pharmacy, Virology, Biomedical Sciences and Industrial Biotechnology. Details of these courses, including the contact details of the relevant admissions staff are available from here

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (at least an upper second class degree or equivalent) in a relevant or related subject. Other qualifications and appropriate experience will be considered on merit. It is also important that the School has a member of staff able and willing to supervise your proposed programme of research. The research interests of academic staff are available on the school website. In the first instance please contact the school Postgraduate Admissions and Progression Tutor for further information on research activities within the school.


Funding is primarily secured from two sources:

  • (i) Research Studentships are advertised nationally (e.g. and on this website and applications are judged on an openly competitive basis;
  • (ii) Self-funded Full- or Part-time students. These students must have sufficient funds to cover student fees, bench fees and living costs. Bench fees are levied to cover the cost of the project and this varies depending on the nature of the research project.

Information regarding current fee levels is available from the Postgraduate Admissions and Progression Tutor or the Research Support Office. Potential applicants should note that the school is not usually able to provide funding for study outside of these advertised opportunities and does not provide any scholarships or bursaries to international students. The school does, however, welcome applicants who are able to bring with them their own funding.

Language proficiency

All higher degrees are written and examined in English. Consequently for applicants whose first language is not English, a certified level of English language attainment must be provided before commencing their programme of research. The current requirement is grade 6.5 on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or equivalent. Applicants must attain the required level as stated above before they will be eligible to enroll.

How to apply

To apply, applicants should complete the online Postgraduate Research Programme application form including an outline research proposal and confirmation of funding source. It is advisable, although not necessary, to consult with the Postgraduate Admissions and Progression Tutor before submitting a formal application as they can find a suitable academic supervisor who may be able to advise you on the preparation of the outline research proposal. This research proposal (up to 1000 words) should contain a summary of the broad research context in which your research will be placed, the specific aims of the programme and the methodology you propose to adopt. Completed applications should be directed to the Faculty Information Officer responsible for Postgraduate Research Admissions;

Sarah Lightfoot
Information Officer
Rm 140, James Parsons Building
Faculty of Science
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 3AF

Informal enquiries may be made to the school Postgraduate Admissions and Progression Tutor Dr Gillian Hutcheon

Dr. Gillian Hutcheon
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street
L3 2AF

Page last modified 15 April 2014.

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