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Critical Social Science, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Critical Social Science at Liverpool John Moores University programme provides you with the opportunity to think beyond traditional subject boundaries and undertake a postgraduate level research project in your chosen area of specialist interest.The MRes in Critical Social Science seeks to develop and extend your skills and knowledge in the practice and theory of research. The course is organised around both sociology and criminology specific content but also joining others across the school for an interdisciplinary approach designed to cultivate your understanding of research as an activity. 

This is a course which fosters a creative and innovative research culture, to encourage you to think broadly and creatively about different approaches to research.


LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Postgraduate study in Critical Social Science enables you to progress to the next level in social analysis and influence in a range of rewarding roles for social change. On successful completion of the programme you can progress to doctoral research in the social sciences or bring your new found skills in argument, presentation, organisation and research to a range of academic, professional and commercial occupations.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Social Science Project Development 
  • Critical Social Science Research Project 
  • Professional Development for Researchers in Arts, Professional and Social Studies 
  • Research Methods for Arts, Professional and Social Studies 
  • Critical Social Research 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • a minimum 2:1 in a relevant discipline
  • equivalent professional qualifications and experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Liverpool

  • 556 - 1040 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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