University of Liverpool

Liverpool, England


The University of Liverpool is a public university based in the city of Liverpool, England. Founded as a college in 1881, it gained its royal charter in 1903 with the ability to award degrees and is also known to be one of the six original ‘red brick’ civic universities. It comprises three faculties organised into 35 departments and schools. It is a founding member of the Russell Group, the N8 Group for research collaboration and the university management school is AACSB accredited.

Ten Nobel Prize winners are amongst its alumni and past faculty and the university offers more than 230 first degree courses across 103 subjects. Its alumni include the CEOs of GlobalFoundries, ARM Holdings, Tesco, Motorola and The Coca-Cola Company. It was the world’s first university to establish departments in oceanography, civic design, architecture, and biochemistry at the Johnston Laboratories. In 2006 the university became the first in the UK to establish an independent university in China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, making it the world’s first Sino-British university. For 2017-18, Liverpool had a turnover of £543.9 million, including £95.6 million from research grants and contracts. It has the fifth largest endowment of any university in England.

Graduates of the university are styled with the post-nominal letters Lpool, to indicate the institution.

The university has a strategic partnership with Laureate International Universities, a for-profit college collective, for University of Liverpool online. The partnership provides the technical infrastructure to deliver courses worldwide. The university was established in 1881 as University College Liverpool, admitting its first students in 1882. In 1884, it became part of the federal Victoria University. In 1894 Oliver Lodge, a professor at the university, made the world’s first public radio transmission and two years later took the first surgical X-ray in the United Kingdom. The Liverpool University Press was founded in 1899, making it the third oldest university press in England. Students in this period were awarded external degrees by the University of London.

36 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1881
Size Large
27,070 Students


3 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 16,950
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Care Leavers' Opportunity Bursary
Total Worth £3,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible for the award you need to meet the following criteria: Minimum of 13 weeks in Local Authority care in the last 12 years (prior to 1 September of the year in which you intend to commence your studies) Aged 28 years or under (on 1 September of the year in which you intend to commence your studies) Be a 'home' (UK) undergraduate student or EU undergraduate student classified by the Student Loans Company as 'home' for student support purposes
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Asylum Seekers Bursary
Total Worth cost of tuition and provide awards from £3,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements To be considered for our Asylum Seekers Bursary you must: be an asylum seeker in the UK, a dependant of someone seeking asylum, or have temporary status such as discretionary leave or limited leave to remain in the UK, or be the dependent of someone with such status have applied for asylum in the UK before you applied for a place at University be unable to access mainstream funding, e.g. funding from the Student Loans Company or local authority grants hold a current offer from the University of Liverpool for a full time undergraduate course starting in September 2019 (excluding clinical programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science) have made Liverpool’s offer your first (Firm) choice through UCAS not already hold a degree or equivalent higher level qualification currently attend a school, college, community or voluntary group who will provide a reference in support of your application. Priority may be given to applicants who have been educated in the local area (Merseyside)
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline May 31
Vice Chancellor's International Attainment Scholarship
Total Worth £2,000 to £2,500
Eligibility and Requirements To be eligible for this award you must: be liable to pay full tuition fees at the overseas rate be starting a new non-clinical undergraduate programme in academic year 2018/19 achieve AAB grades in A levels or equivalent qualification or equivalent qualification/ A*AA+ in A levels or equivalent qualification.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Students will be assessed on the qualifications used to gain entry into the University only. Sponsored Students (when fees are paid by a government, commercial organisation or other body on behalf of the student) are not eligible for this scholarship.