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Postgraduate Study and research

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Humanities and Social Science

Our postgraduate offer is heavily research focused and we currently offer one taught postgraduate degree, a selection of Master’s in Research programmes and opportunities for MPhil and PhDs across six disciplines. The programmes listed here all commence in September 2014, and are suitable for students from UK, European and international backgrounds.

Mass Communications (MA) n Full-time (1 year) n Designed for students from a variety of

academic or vocational backgrounds, including social media managers, public relations and journalism

n Provides rigorous training in postgraduate

The study of social sciences and the humanities covers a wide variety of disciplines and helps us understand society, both in historical and contemporary contexts. LJMU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to break boundaries and develop new thinking, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, by exposing students to a dynamic research culture. We are proud of the research output of our students and academics and the high quality teaching, supervision and scholarship which characterises the School. Our learning disciplines are organised into six subject areas – Criminology, English, History, Media, Culture and Communication, Policing and Sociology – all of which are underpinned by two well-established research centres - Centre of the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion and the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. We have strong partnerships in other areas of research, including Port and Maritime History and Liverpool and Merseyside Studies. Importantly, all programmes of study prepare students for the world of work in a variety of ways, with support from a dedicated team who are on-hand to help students brush up on the key skills sought by employers Our mission is to critically understand the world and offer new ways of approaching challenging social and cultural issues. We support our students in becoming part of our mission and to embrace their learning with vigour and enthusiasm; from undergraduate through to postgraduate and research level if that’s where their journey and ambitions take them. We have a thriving postgraduate community within the School and our postgraduate portfolio is made up of well-established and evolving programmes, to maintain relevance in contemporary global society. Professional links and accreditationa solicitor. Many courses are also accredited by the Bar Standards

research skills that will enable students to pursue further postgraduate study at doctoral level Mass communications are pivotal to societies across the world, with governments and institutions increasingly recognising the economic and sociocultural significance of the media and cultural industries on a local, national and international level. Yet, at the same time such industries and their content are often subject to scrutiny and

debates concerning their communicative power and influence, professional practice, ethics and law. This programme interrogates such issues, highlighting their historical development while exploring their continued relevance within a contemporary digital media environment. You will examine the challenges faced by media producers and audiences in a changing social, cultural, economic, professional and legal landscape. Topics for analysis will include reality TV, the ethics of the press and the significance of changes to international copyright laws, to the value of citizenjournalism, blogs and social networking. The MA will help you to develop exceptional transferable skills that employers value, such as presentation, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as skills in creative and analytical writing, organisation and time management.

Master in Research (MRes) Our suite of MRes programmes provides a valuable foundation for progression on to a PhD. By studying for an MRes you will acquire more general skills in scholarly presentation, communication, documentation and evaluation of ideas appropriate to work at postgraduate level.

Literature and Cultural History (MRes)

Working more independently will give you practical experience in honing your organisational skills, as well as greater opportunities for creative and innovative thinking.

and theoretical concepts relevant to the disciplines of literature and cultural history

You will be trained to engage with current developments and critical interventions in the field, ensuring your own research can demonstrate a broad understanding of the context in which it takes place. Staff who supervise our MRes students are wellpublished and respected academics in their fields, so you will be guaranteed to receive a first-class learning experience which aims to propel you to a successful career in academia or related fields of employment.

Critical Social Science (MRes) n Full-time (1 year) n Brings together expertise from Criminology,

n Full-time (1 year) n Learn from academics who are also involved in

n Opportunities to conduct research across disciplines covering Criminology, English, History, Media, Culture and Communication, Politics and Sociology

n You will develop a range of analytical skills

n Be part of a dynamic research culture which is outward facing with a strong tradition of civic and social engagement.

This MRes gives you the opportunity to pursue your own interests in literature and cultural history at postgraduate level, under the guidance of specialist supervision and among a diverse community of fellow researchers. The programme is delivered by academics actively engaged in research under the guidance of the School’s Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History. Staff are active in a wide range of fields, from early modern literature to prison writing, late 19th century national identities, Scottish and Irish studies, theories of the everyday, and contemporary British fiction. Our academics are also involved in several major research projects, including Shakespeare North at the Cockpit, The Everyman Archive and the Archive of WorkingClass Writing.

Modern History (MRes)

n Designed to equip you with the research

n Full-time (1 year), part-time (up to 3 years)

This interdisciplinary programme will develop your knowledge and skills, allowing you to complete an original and independent research project by interrogation of a particular area of theory, policy and/ or practice, within one of the five interdisciplinary pathways - crime, criminalisation and social harm; ecology, environment and activism; consumption, identity and mass media; health, disease and social wellbeing; power inequality and the state. The programme’s structure, content and approach emerge from the expertise brought together in the School, and from our commitment to interdisciplinary study of Critical Social Science. The modules you will study may include Professional Development for Researchers in Media, Arts and Social Sciences; Research Methods for Media, Arts and Social Science; Research Proposition and Development and a Research Project.

n MPhil (full-time 12-24 months, part-time 24-48 months), PhD (full-time 24-36 months, part-time 36-84 months)

several major research projects, including Shakespeare North

Geography, Media, Culture and Communication, Politics and Sociology training that is demanded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for postgraduate funding

Research (MPhil/PhD)

n Active research portfolio exploring different

aspects of 18th to 20th century history

n Research,

scholarship and consultancy ensures the programme is up-to-date with contemporary thinking This programme is based on the assessment of historical sources and the importance of historiography, while also acknowledging the approaches from other fields frequently enhance our knowledge of modern history. You will develop analytical skills and theoretical concepts which are relevant to modern history, while engaging with primary sources and historical debates, so that your own research can demonstrate a variety of appropriate methods and be related to the work of others in the relevant field. As this process will involve identifying and accessing appropriate sources, archives and other relevant information, you will be taught the necessary research skills. Over the course of the programme you will take two modules: Research Methods for Media, Arts and Social Sciences, and Professional Development for Researchers in Media, Arts and Social Sciences. You will also take the Research Proposition and Development module, taught exclusively by History academics, and finally your research project or dissertation.

The School aims to recruit the brightest and best students to undertake doctoral research. We invite applications from prospective students who are intellectually able, who want to conduct research in a vibrant and dynamic research environment and who have the drive to complete an independent and original piece of doctoral-level research. Our multi-disciplinary research activities create a body of knowledge and experience which are at the core of our work with students, academics and partner organisations. Our passion for research translates into a vibrant and dynamic culture which engages staff and students in local, national and international projects across a range of disciplines. The School has three Units of Assessment (UoA) proposed for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 with submissions from Criminology, English and History. However, in line with the interdisciplinary nature of the research culture of the School, academics from across our subject areas are being included in a range of UoAs within the School and across the University. We welcome applications for doctoral research in areas incorporating: Criminology, particularly working alongside the School’s Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CCSE); English and the work of the Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History; History; Media, Culture and Communication, and Sociology. The School also welcomes applications for research which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or exploit opportunities at the intersections of different disciplines. Our subject areas are interdisciplinary in nature and our staff team include specialists in urban geography, world development and political science, and so support postgraduate research in these areas.

Tuition Fees The following 2014/2015 full and part-time annual tuition fees should only be used as a guide. You are advised to contact LJMU for up-to-date course fees. Further information is also available online at: or for international applicants.

Home/EU applicants International applicants

English for Postgraduate Studies courses

About the School of Humanities and Social Science Our school is outward looking and proactively engages with our communities, fellow institutions, politicians, policy makers, activists, and media on local, national and international levels. You will often see our academics and researchers profiled in a variety of media giving opinions, writing features and being interviewed on specialist topics. From World War II and Nazi Germany, to TV viewing habits of the nation, the School has a well-developed and ongoing policy to share its expertise beyond academic journals, books and conferences. We are proud of all these well-developed relationships, which serve to benefit our students as they contribute to maintaining the currency of our programmes and expertise, ensuring our graduates are equipped with the skills they need to respond to the ever-changing demands of the world of work in the 21st century.

City Centre Facilities The School is based in the newly refurbished John Foster Building, which sits at the centre of the University’s Mount Pleasant campus, a short walk from the Aldham Robarts Library and the Students’ Union. The building, a former convent, has an unusual history and many of its ornate and original features remain, including the Moot Room which hosts large lectures, seminars and Faculty events. John Foster Building features sweeping staircases, social areas, a cafe, and easy access to staff offices. All seminars and lectures usually take place in the John Foster Building and students can expect high specification learning and teaching rooms, lecture theatres and a large IT suite. We have a technical team on hand to ensure you can take advantage of blended learning technologies and online facilities, such as Blackboard and iTunesU.

20 week course: £5,700 12 week course: £3,420 6 week course: £1,710

Taught postgraduate programmes (PgCert, PgDip, LLM, MA, MSc, MRes)

Full time: £3,700 - £4,170 Part time: £20.50 - £28.50 per credit

Fees vary depending on whether you are studying a class or lab-based programme.

MA and MRes programmes consist of 180 credits

Research degrees MPhil/PhD

Full time: £3,372 Part time: £1,886 Writing up: £350


£11,000 - £12,000

LJMU Postgraduate Bursary Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for the Bursary (subject to eligibility criteria).

Postgraduate International Scholarships LJMU has recently launched a series of new scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught Master’s programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. These scholarships take the form of full and partial tuition fee waivers. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For full eligibility criteria and details on how to apply, go to:

Name of scholarship Level of study

Value of Number Additional scholarship available eligibility criteria

LJMU Roscoe One year taught Full tuition fee 8 Applicants must have International Scholarship Masters programmes waiver worth up a good first degree (2.1 to £12,000 or equivalent) English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship

Taught Master’s £4,000 fee 20 programmes (MA, waiver MSc, MRes) or research programmes (MPhil/PhD)

Applicants must be from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary A Bursary is also available for international students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre: This Bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you progress onto your masters degree or research programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship application form in order to receive this Bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this Bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

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