Liverpool John Moores university natural sciences

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Liverpool John Moores university natural sciences

About your course

Fascinating postgraduate research opportunities await in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, which is known for its impactful research, leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities and resources.

  • Study full or part time
  • Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in an Institute known for its internationally-acclaimed research
  • Explore scholarship opportunities
  • Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
  • Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

Introduction to the School

The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology has a broad range of programmes covering the biological sciences, geography and environmental sciences and psychology.

It is based in LJMU’s City Campus at the Byrom Street site, in the heart of Liverpool city centre, and offers postgraduates excellent laboratory and research facilities, including:

  • appetite laboratories
  • psychology testing labs
  • neuroscience labs

The School has established relationships with: the University of Florence (Italy), the University of Athens (Greece), the Natural History Museum (London), the Centre Archéologique de la Grotte Scladina (Belgium), Universtiy of Tübingen and Max Plank Institute for History and the Sciences (Germany), Universiy of Algarve (Portugal), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Universidad de Barcelona (Spain) and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (University of Manchester).

Liverpool John Moores university natural sciences

Why study this course at LJMU?

The School of Natural Sciences and Psychology is at the forefront of developments in its field.

School staff are involved in overseas research in association with international partners and frequently publish in high profile journals. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, 96% of the Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience research submitted by LJMU was classed as world-leading or internationally important.

The School offers supervision for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in:

  • Evolutionary anthropology and paleoecology including fossil mammal research; palaeoanthropology; bioarchaeology; forensic anthropology; primate behaviour and conservation; ecology, evolution and the environment
  • Psychology and applied psychology; including cognition, developmental and educational psychology, health psychology, substance abuse and consciousness and transpersonal psychology

Entry requirements (Home)

To study for an MPhil or MPhil/PhD you should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

  • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
  • have undertaken research training directly related to the PhD project

If you have alternative qualifications, your application will be considered on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.

Please note: for research programmes in Psychology, you must hold a qualification approved by the BPS for Graduate Basis for Registration.

Application and Selection

All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee. The Applications process is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit your application using this online form
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement
  3. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor
  4. We will take up your academic references
  5. You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
  6. You will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance

Contact Information

Sarah Lightfoot – Information Officer

0151 231 2153 or

Entry requirements (International)

Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent).

Due to Visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details.

To obtain a Tier 4 Visa for full time study in the UK, you will need to show evidence that the money to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your Visa application. For more details, see our international website.

Certain areas of study require ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance. Find out how to apply for ATAS clearance here, see more information about ATAS on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website or contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Faculty of Science
T: 0151 231 2888