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Why postgraduate research at the University of Liverpool?

Here at Liverpool, we carry out ground-breaking research that addresses some of the toughest challenges that we as a society face today and challenges we may come to face in the future.

Russell Group status

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK research-intensive institutions, you will become part of an institution that is renowned for maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience with unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

Internationally recognised academics

Our students work with internationally recognised and renowned experts and research groups. Our global research activity attracts £115 million annually from a range of national and multinational organisations. This activity involves innovative and pioneering collaboration across subject specialisms as well as collaboration with external national and international partner institutions.

Our external partners provide us with an increased range of facilities and resources and ensure our researchers are involved in cutting-edge developments in their fields. Research students at Liverpool work at the forefront of their subject in well-supported research groups, harnessing the latest in laboratory equipment, archives, and fieldwork provision.

The staff really engage with you and give you the opportunity to teach seminars, write papers and feel like an active member of the department. It's an excellent place to gain practical experience.

María Ángeles Martinez Serrano – School of Law and Social Justice, 3rd year PhD

Support from the Liverpool Doctoral College

We attract exceptional students keen to become active members of our thriving and vibrant Liverpool Doctoral College research community and study at the heart of world-leading research. The Liverpool Doctoral College supports all our postgraduate researchers across the University to thrive in their doctoral programme with our dedicated team of esteemed supervisors, professional services staff and student peers ensuring our students succeed in their studies.

As a doctoral student at Liverpool, you can expect innovative doctoral training tailored to your own personal development plan, the support of a thriving global community and a focus on employability and entrepreneurship, all delivered by the Liverpool Doctoral College.

HEFCE recognised success rates

The University of Liverpool is recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as having one of England’s highest success rates in supervising students through to their doctoral award. We highly value the active role our postgraduate researchers play in contributing to our success.

World Leading and Internationally Excellent status

We are committed to driving research excellence and innovation on a global scale. With 81% of our research ranked 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), we are addressing some of the world's toughest challenges.