Archives and Records Management

MPhil / PhD

Our innovative, international and interdisciplinary approach has established us as a leading centre for archival education and research. With expertise in archival science, digital curation and information governance, the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies attracts researchers and students from diverse disciplines and places to tackle the problems of creating and preserving records and archives as evidence and sources for a range of endeavours, such as law, science, history and the arts.

An innovative, international and interdisciplinary approach

  • 1947

    - offering postgraduate education and training in archives and records management.

Research at Liverpool

 With expertise in archival science, digital curation and information governance, the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies attracts researchers and students from diverse disciplines and places to tackle the problems of creating and preserving records and archives as evidence and sources for a range of endeavours, such as law, science, history and the arts.

Research interests

Our research interests include:

  • Public sector information management (regulatory environments, systems and practices)
  • Access to information (cultures of secrecy and openness, Freedom of Information, open data, privacy, information activism)
  • Displaced archives and shared archival heritage
  • Postcolonial archives (postcolonial theory, imperial and Commonwealth administrative history)
  • Intellectual history of archival science (concepts connected with appraisal, classification, description, access, etc).

Facilities

Libraries

As a Russell Group institution, the University of Liverpool offers superb library facilities for studying and researching archival studies.

Museums and galleries

As well as our own Victoria Gallery and Museum, you can take advantage of our strong links with the Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum and Walker Art Gallery.

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 4-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Fee reduction for self-funded international students on lab-based programmes

If you're a self-funded international student studying a lab-based programme, you'll receive a £2,000 reduction in fees for your first year of study.

MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Fees

Duration Home and EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,327 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £22,000 (Lab based programmes) £16,700 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
Part time 2-6 years £2,163.50 (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter. £11,000 (Lab based programmes) £8,350 (Non Lab based programmes) (2019) excluding potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

* These fees don't include research support fees (also known as bench fees). After applying, you will receive the total cost to study with us.

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Applications are welcome from well qualified graduates who wish to undertake research programmes leading to a PhD on either a full or part-time basis. For research we similarly expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree in the first or 2:1 class in a relevant subject, and most successful candidates will also have an academic or professional master’s qualification. 

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

More about applying for research degrees

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Find a supervisor

Your supervisor is your main source of academic support and mentoring. You'll need to find a supervisor before you start your research degree. It's helpful to identify a supervisor and discuss your research proposal before you apply.

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Your training and development

Join us and you'll also join the Liverpool Doctoral College, our home for doctoral support, training and development. You'll join a vibrant and collaborative community of researchers, get tailored support for your development and have the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

More about Liverpool Doctoral College