Research informed teaching

The School’s taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses benefit from our vibrant research culture, constantly refreshed with insights from our ongoing research activities.

Through our active engagement with a range of local, national and international organisations, we are able to maximise opportunities for students to undertake research on ‘real-life’ issues, enabling our students to critically reflect on the broad disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

Undergraduate students are introduced to discipline-relevant research methods and opportunities are available to put these methods into practice. For example, our history undergraduates have plenty of opportunities to work ‘hands on’ with primary historical sources, and to do real research work which will contribute to History team’s active research projects.

You can hear what some of our students say about their research projects here on LJMU’S YouTube channel and watch a selection of lectures and seminars on the School’s iTunesU site

A thriving postgraduate culture
The School has a vibrant postgraduate culture, with established Masters in Research (MRes) programmes in Critical Social Science, in History, and in Literature and Cultural History. The School has a significant number of PhD students and offers supervision in a range of areas.

The School supports two Units of Assessments. English Language and Literature (UoA57) and History (UoA 62), entered into the Research Assessment Exercises in 2008 and 2001, and a further unit of assessment in social work, social policy and social administration [UoA 22] is proposed in 2013.

In English 5% of projects submitted into the RAE 2008 received a 4* rating (quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour), while 25% received a 3* rating (quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence).

In History, 15% received a 3* rating while 65% received a 2* rating (quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour).

The next assessment of research excellence at UK HEIs will take place in 2014 following institutional submissions to HEFCE by 29 November 2013. The results of the REF panel assessments will be published in December 2014. Click here to find out more about REF 2014.

Page last modified 05 April 2012.

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