Palliative Care PhD / MPhil / MD

The University has invested over £20million in cancer research which has been used for the creation of several new posts in the Department, and in the establishment of the University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre (ULCRC) building.

Why study with us?

Doing my PhD I developed my research skills within a world leading multi-professional team. The support and guidance provided by my supervisors, has been invaluable.

Tamsin McGlinchey - Palliative Care PhD student
  • 100%

    4* and 3* in research environment in Clinical Medicine REF (2014).

  • 359

    postgraduate research students.

  • 309

    academic members of staff.

Overview

Our commitment to cancer research has resulted in the launch of Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre - an organisation that brings together scientists, clinicians and local stakeholders to lead and deliver cancer research of the highest quality and importance.

Professor John Ellershaw is the Director of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool. This is a partnership between Marie Curie, the University of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The main areas of research are care of dying, ethics and medical education.

Our research interests closely match our research themes.

Research themes

Our research themes include:

  • Care of dying
  • Biology of dying
  • Ethical issues related to the palliative care
  • Medical education.

Facilities

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics
  • Centre for Drug Safety Science
  • Health Data Science Network
  • Centre for Preclinical Imaging
  • Clinical Trials Research Centre
  • Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Research Centre
  • Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) Biobank
  • Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit
  • MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research
  • North West Cancer Research Centre – University of Liverpool
  • Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit
  • UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children
  • Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine.

Postgraduate researchers also benefit from flexible access to world-class equipment and expertise through the Shared Research Facilities provided by The Technology Directorate.

Study options and fees

MPhil

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. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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

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. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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

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. £23,650 (Lab based programmes) £18,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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. £11,825 (Lab based programmes) £9,000 (Non Lab based programmes) (2020) 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

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

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

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

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.

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