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University of Liverpool

United Kingdom


Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution. With over 22,000 students - including more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries (plus a further 10,000+ online students), it offers a diverse and welcoming place to live and study.

More than 400 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are available, spanning a huge variety of different subject areas. The university aims to produce graduates who are at the forefront of the global jobs market.

Belonging to the elite Russell Group, the University of Liverpool is a pioneer in several fields of research. It works with leading research institutes, universities and organisations across the world, including links with nine Nobel laureates. The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in China is an example of where international students can develop skills and professional connections abroad.

The university has invested GBP 800 million in its campus, teaching and research facilities. 81 per cent of its research has been rated as world leading and internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework.

Student support is a priority, and the university offers hundreds of scholarships annually, as well as continuous professional development programmes. A dedicated support team is also available for international students.

Its award-winning Careers & Employability Service equips international students with effective job-searching skills. 94 per cent of its graduates are either employed or in further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2016/17).

Liverpool itself is an iconic city. Home to The Beatles, two premier-league football clubs and a World Heritage skyline, more than 54 million visitors come to the city each year. It has been voted as the fourth friendliest city in the world by Rough Guide, and students can enjoy the many museums, galleries, theatres and listed buildings in the city - of which there are more of than any other British city (except London).

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What's new

What's new

New courses

Two brand-new master's degrees courses will be starting in September 2021.

The MA Sustainable Heritage Management course is an inter-disciplinary programme from the Liverpool School of Architecture. Fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, it follows the academic guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

The second course is the MA The Beatles: Music Industry and Heritage course. This exciting course will be launched in parallel with the new Yoko Ono Lennon centre. It will explore how the Beatles, their music and story are linked to an increasing number of creative and cultural industries.

The School of the Arts is also launching a new undergraduate programme. One of the first of its kind in the Russell Group, the BA in game design will be an interdisciplinary course which combines modules from Computer Science and the School of the Arts. Students will develop skills in coding and programming, as well as gaining an understanding in creative design principles.


The University of Liverpool was recently ranked in the top 20 per cent for working with business, research partnerships and public and community engagement (Knowledge Exchange Framework)(KEF). These results make University of Liverpool one of the top-rated institutions in England.

The KEF is led by Research England and provides information about the achievements of English universities in serving the economy and society for the benefit of the public, business and communities.

Yoko Ono Lennon Centre

The university is currently fundraising GBP 3 million in philanthropic donations to support the new Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, due to open in Spring 2022.

The new centre will include a 400-seat Tung Auditorium, which includes space for a 70-piece orchestra, and a 600-seat lecture theatre.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Well known for its research and education, students at the University of Liverpool have access to top-class facilities and excellent support.

The institution is placed within the top 200 universities worldwide by multiple prestigious ranking organizations. This includes Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Its courses are delivered by experts in their field, many of which are still at the forefront of industry innovation and discovery. This means that students not only come away with a degree, but a range of skills which ensure they stand out from the crowd.

As a Russell Group institution, research is central to teaching at the University of Liverpool. It is globally recognised for its research in a number of areas including health, infectious diseases, advanced materials and ageing.

The University of Liverpool boasts a future-proof curriculum. It has developed this in partnership with students, employers and academic staff to develop academic knowledge, skills and understanding of each subject. Students are taught through research-connected education, active learning and authentic assessments.

As well as their main subject programme, students can also enrol on extra courses, including the continuing education programme and learning a language. Many of the degrees at the university allow students to study a modern language as 25 per cent their studies, alongside a major subject.

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Department structure

Department structure

The University of Liverpool is split into a variety of different study options, which are split into three key faculties - the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Within those faculties are several different schools, which are:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

  • Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
  • Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences
  • Institution of Population Health
  • Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • School of the Arts
  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures
  • School of Law and Social Justice
  • University of Liverpool Management School

Faculty of Science and Engineering

  • School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences

Students studying with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences can create a tailored degree by studying two subjects jointly (50/50) or as a major and minor (75/25). The university is one of only a handful of UK universities to provide this type of combined study, giving students 300 different possible subject combinations from 30 subjects.

A Materials Innovation Factory is also found on campus, where innovative research takes place to create revolutionary new materials for selective industries.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Several international qualifications are accepted for undergraduate admissions. Applicants should check the country specific requirements page on the university's website for the most relevant information.

International applicants need to demonstrate English-language proficiency. A minimum of CEFR B2 in each component (speaking, writing, listening and reading) is required and is also necessary in order to secure a study visa for entry into the UK.

For students who do not meet these minimum requirements, there is an English Language Centre which runs pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses to improve skills to gain a university place. This can be studied wholly online, or via blended learning.

International applicants who have different education systems from the UK may require additional preparation before commencing a degree at the University of Liverpool. Applicants can study with Kaplan's University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC) via several pathways programmes.

Taught in a new state-of-the-art facility on campus, once completed, students have guaranteed admission to their chosen degree course.

Undergraduate options are:

Foundation Certificate in Business, Law and Social Sciences

Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering

Postgraduate options are:

Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Law and Social Sciences

Pre-Masters Programme in Science and engineering

Applicants for a taught master's degree will also usually be required to hold the equivalent of a UK's bachelor degree. Similarly, for MPhil and PhD courses, international applicants need to hold a master's qualification, the equivalent of a high-grade bachelor's degree, alongside some research experience.

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The university's libraries are open 24/7 throughout the academic year, with access to over two million books, 880,000 e-books and 110,000 electronic journals. The library also provides zoned workspaces for silent, quiet and group study, as well as a cafe and social areas.

Students with an interest in fitness can enjoy some excellent facilities too. There is a Sports and Fitness Centre, the Wyncote Sports Ground and the Greenback Student Village. In these locations students have access to swimming pools, sports halls, squash courts, dance studios, gyms, tennis courts, football pitches, 3G pitches and more.

Studies are supported by the best in teaching and researching equipment, including subject-specific facilities. For example, the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences includes learning suites have simulation and interactive technology including 160 clinical dental chairs, a dental hospital and GBP 7 million research facility.

Student accommodation is available both on and off campus, with over 4,400 student rooms across the student village and city campus residences. The majority of the accommodation is self-catered and includes well-equipped kitchens.

All University of Liverpool students automatically become members of the Guild of Students upon enrolment. The Guild provides advice, volunteering opportunities and runs over 200 societies and clubs.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Liverpool offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships, several of which are available to international students. These come in a variety of forms, including merit-based, country-specific and subject-specific.

Some examples include:

Vice Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Available for new international students on non-clinical programs achieving the equivalent of AAB / A*AA in UK A level exams or equivalent. It awards between GBP 2,000 - 2,500 fee reduction for the first year of study. No application is necessary, as it is automatically awarded to students who meet the criteria.

University of Liverpool First Class Scholarship

Awarded to eligible international students on non-clinical programmes who achieve and maintain a first-class average (70 per cent). Recipients are given a GBP 1,000 tuition fee reduction for each subsequent year of study if the average is maintained. No application necessary.

Sport Liverpool Scholarships

Available for talented athletes competing at national or regional levels. Awards up to GBP 2,000 to support performance.

University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC) Excellence Scholarship

For the highest achieving UoLIC Foundation Certificate programme students who enrol onto a non-clinical degree. It awards a GBP 5,000 tuition fee reduction for the first year of study, and no application is necessary.

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