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Liverpool University Overview: Ranking, Tuition and Admissions

    The University of Liverpool is a public university and a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research focused Universities.

    It was established as University College Liverpool in 1881, and opened its doors to its pioneer class in 1882, in what was a disused lunatic asylum.

    It gained accreditation to become an independent university in 1903, and shortly renamed to The University of Liverpool

    The university’s motto translates into English as ‘These days of peace foster learning’.

    Today, the university is home to about 30,000 students, including 7,000 international students from 127 countries, as well as 6000 staff and 195,000 alumni.

    Among its distinguished alumni are former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and the broadcast journalist Jon Snow, while nine Nobel Laureates have passed through its doors.

    It also boasts of presence on every continent, including a Chinese joint venture university in the World Heritage City of Suzhou (Liverpool was the first UK university to establish an independent university in China), to research stations located in the Arctic.

    As well as being the birthplace of the Beatles, the city of Liverpool also boasts the most number of galleries, museums and fascinating architecture in the UK outside of London, and was designated the European Capital of Culture back in 2008.

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    According to Rough Guides, travel guides series, Liverpool is ranked the fourth friendliest city in the world.


    University of Liverpool is currently ranked 181 in QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities. It also has an overall score of 4.0 stars, according to student reviews on Studyportals, a popular website to find out how alumni students rate their study and living experience at universities from all over the world.

    Average tuition fees per year

    Undergraduate : £21,410

    Postgraduate : £18,220

    Costs per year

    Living costs: £10,500

    Campus accommodation: £7,000

    Scholarships & funding

    The University of Liverpool offers a many scholarships and awards for international students, including merit-based awards, subject-specific and country-specific scholarships. Examples:

    Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship

    Fresh international students who achieve AAB and above in A levels (or equivalent), receive a £2,000 in tuition fee discount during the first year at the undergraduate level.

    Students who achieve A*AA in A levels (or equivalent), will be awarded a £ 2,500 tuition fee discount. Those pursuing a Masters degree who have achieved a First-Class degree or equivalent will be awarded a £2,500 tuition fee discount. Note that this scholarship only applies to students studying for non-clinical degrees.

    Commonwealth Postgraduate Bursary

    International Students studying for postgraduate degrees who originate from a Commonwealth country will be awarded a GBP 2,000 tuition fee discount. This particular scholarship is not subject-dependent.

    First Class Scholarship

    International students on non-clinical programmes who attain and maintain a first-class average of 70% receive a £1000 fee reduction for every year of study if a first-class average is maintained.

    Teaching quality

    Closely tied to nine Nobel Laureates of its Alumni, the University of Liverpool is well renowned for its prestigious research and education. It has first rate facilities and provides excellent students support, both contributing factors in helping the university maintain its spot within the top 200 universities in the world.

    The university fosters pioneering research that tackles some of the world’s biggest issues. Its teaching is delivered by inspiring  and experts educators who are at the forefront of innovation and discovery.

    Students can benefit immensely from the university’s worldwide research partnerships. They will be empowered to think beyond the classroom, textbooks and lecture halls, and apply what they’ve learned to benefit the world by solving real world problems. Students will graduate from the university with a degree from a distinguished institution and a range of academic, professional and social skills – giving them a head start in the graduate job market.

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    • Arts & humanities
      • History, Philosophy & Theology
      • Art, Performing Arts & Design
      • Architecture
      • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
      • Archaeology
    • Social sciences
      • Sociology
      • Geography
      • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
      • Communication & Media Studies
    • Clinical, pre-clinical & health
      • Medicine & Dentistry
      • Other Health
    • Computer science
      • Computer Science
    • Business & economics
      • Business & Management
      • Accounting & Finance
      • Economics & Econometrics
    • Law
      • Law
    • Physical sciences
      • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
      • Chemistry
      • Mathematics & Statistics
      • Physics & Astronomy
    • Life sciences
      • Biological Sciences
      • Veterinary Science
    • Engineering & technology
      • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
      • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
      • General Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
    • Psychology

    Entry requirements

    Students who come from countries with a different education system to the UK may need further preparation before starting a UK degree. Along with Kaplan International Colleges, the University of Liverpool also provides a selection of pathway programmes to support incoming students. Upon successful completion of any of such relevant pathway programme, students will gain guaranteed admission to study their chosen course at the University.

    Pathway programmes for undergraduate students:

    • Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering
    • Foundation Certificate in Business, Law and Social Sciences

    Pathway Programmes for postgraduate students:

    • Pre- Masters Programme in Science and Engineering
    • Pre-Master’s Programme in Business, Law and Social Sciences

    For undergraduate admissions, the university accepts a multiple international qualifications. Students should refer to the country specific requirements for detailed information.

    For taught master’s courses, international students are usually required to have obtained the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree in an accredited institution. Similarly, for MPhil/PhD courses, international students are required to complete a master’s qualification, or the equivalent of a high-grade bachelor’s degree, as well as some research or work experience.

    Students should also meet the English language requirements. A minimum of CEFR B2 level in basic writing, speaking, listening and reading is required for undergraduate study.

    But no worries if you do not meet the English language requirements. The university’s English Language Centre runs Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses to prepare students and help them improve their English language skills so as to gain a place on their chosen university course.


    There are several options available in terms of  accommodation at the university. Housing is split over two separate locations – the Student Village at Greenbank – which is in a leafy suburb off-campus, or students can opt for a state of the art on-campus accommodation. 

    There is also a Virtual Interactive Teaching at Liverpool University (VITAL), which supports teaching and learning activities online for a wide range of subjects.

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