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University of Liverpool

2016 League Table Ranking 39
2016 Overall Score 747
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Entry Standards 403 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.06 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,573 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 3.97 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 480 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 72.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 91.4 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 75.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 28.0 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • One of the first civic universities, Liverpool's history dates back to 1881.
  • The college attracted pioneers including Professor Oliver Lodge who made the world's first public radio transmission in 1894 and demonstrated the first surgical use of x-rays two years later.
  • The university has nine Nobel Laureates.

Location and Transport

  • Liverpool is well served by air, rail, coach and road.
  • The university is a city centre campus, situated 10 minutes from the main railway station.
  • The university and halls of residences are serviced by regular bus routes.

Entry Standards

  • Average tariff points for new full-time undergraduates is 420.
  • Find out more about entry standards at the University of Liverpool online,

Student Mix

The 21,345 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Non-clinical courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) are modular, allowing a wide choice of optional modules on many courses.
  • Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, China is an independent university established by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Liverpool-based students may undertake work experience at Suzhou Industrial Park, where XJTLU is based, home to 84 Fortune-500 companies.
  • Students of electrical engineering and electronics, computer science, civil engineering, architecture, civic design, biological sciences, mathematics and some Management School programes have the opportunity of spending a year of their programme studying at XJTLU.
  • As well as offering students the opportunity to study in a European country under the Erasmus programme, the University has launched a network of collaborations with universities in Chile, Mexico and Spain in order to allow Liverpool students to complete part of their degree at one or more of these institutions via a range of options such as projects or placements. The aim is to give Liverpool students the opportunity to become global citizens, benefiting from an international curriculum and experience and empowered to address global challenges. Students have access to a full range of student support services to ensure that they draw maximum benefit from learning in a different socio-cultural environment and gain the confidence to face future challenges in an increasingly competitive job market.
  • The university is the largest provider of wholly online degrees in Europe.

Teaching Standards

  • There is a strong tradition of 'education for the professions' and many courses are professionally accredited.
  • Liverpool is the only UK university with full clinical education coverage i.e. Clinical Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.
  • The university's philosophy is that learning and teaching are research-led. Teaching curricula are designed and modified in the context of cutting-edge research.
  • The National Student Survey showed that 86% of final year students at the University are satisfied with their course – 1% above the sector average.
  • At departmental level, Architecture, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, History, Veterinary Science, the Management School, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology have all achieved significant increases in satisfaction, positioning them above the University and the sector average.
  • According to the 2012 National Student Survey 89% of students were satisfied that the library resources were good enough for their needs, compared with 83% nationally. 87% of students were satisfied that they could access IT resources when they needed to, compared with 85% nationally.

Research Standards

  • A total of 53% research staff were ranked in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) for their research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
  • University research contributes to the world's 'grand challenges', focussing on inter-disciplinary themes such as climate change, energy and ageing.
  • The university has 1,300 leading researchers, 700 research staff, and more than 1,750 postgraduate research students.
  • There are more than 50 specialist research centres including: MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science; Centre for Materials Discovery; Centre for Virtual Engineering; National Centre for Zoonosis Research; Centre for Marine Sciences and Climate Change; Institute of Cultural Capital; UK Centre for Tissue Engineering; Liverpool Institute for Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology.

Academic Strengths

  • The university is a member of the Russell Group, representing the UK's top research-led universities.
  • Professional subjects, including Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Engineering, Law, Architecture and Town Planning.
  • Additionally, the university is well regarded for Physical, Biomedical and Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities.

Student Facilities

  • Two main libraries holding over 1.9 million books, following a £17-m redevelopment in 2008; many different specialist collections in the libraries including extensive special collections of rare books, archives and manuscripts; a growing portfolio of over 40 560,000 e-books and a vast collection of over 1944,000 electronic journals which can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection; online access to major academic databases; 1,370 computer workstations in the two main libraries and numerous other computer workstations on campus. All halls of residence rooms have internet access and there are 32 computer rooms, each with a number of computer workstations.
  • The University offers 24-hour access to PCs in its Library Learning Centres.
  • A £1-million bequest from a former student has enabled the University to further invest in facilities and services in its Library. Social space has been improved and a new help desk installed to provide a first point of contact for library users. A new, access controlled, staff and research postgraduate reading room has also been added.
  • Access to the City Library and the libraries of Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University.
  • According to the 2012 National Student Survey 89% of students were satisfied that the library resources were good enough for their needs, compared with 83% nationally. 87% of students were satisfied that they could access IT resources when they needed to, compared with 85% nationally.

Disability Services

  • Please telephone 0151 794 4714/5117/0323, email or visit the website for information about the disability services at the University of Liverpool.

Students' Union

  • The Guild of Students (Liverpool's name for the Students' Union) is a student-led, student-focused, not for profit organization with the principles of representation, democracy and informed campaigning at its heart.
  • A £10-m refurbishment will be completed in 2014.
  • The Guild is led by an executive team, elected annually and made up of either current students or recent graduates.
  • It works closely with the university to ensure the needs of the students are fulfilled and that the services the university provides are relevant to the students.


  • The university offers sports scholarships of up to £2,000 per annum to eligible students.
  • The University’s Sports & Fitness Centre is located in the centre of the Campus. The Centre’s £4.5-million refurbishment has recently been completed and it is now equipped with a brand new Fitness Suite, two Sports Halls, and a new bouldering wall. It also offers a 25-m pool and a small learner pool as well as two studios, four squash courts, a new cafe, a spinning room and an extensive class programme on offer to members and non-members.
  • Four miles from Liverpool’s main campus but close to its Halls of Residences in the Mossley Hill area, are the University’s outdoor playing fields, known as Wyncote. This site has two full-size sand-dressed hockey astro pitches, a third generation rubber crum training astro, four rugby pitches, a lacrosse pitch and nine football pitches. A fishing club also makes use of the Wyncote pond.
  • There are an additional three football pitches and a cricket square adjacent to the University’s Greenbank Halls of Residence. There is also a gym on site for students at the Halls as well as two revamped squash courts and a hard play area for basketball, five-a-side, netball and tennis.
  • In addition, the University has a Sports Development Team which is responsible for supporting students in sports scholarships, recruitment of coaches, intramural competition, healthy initiatives, activity classes, swimming lessons, remedial therapies and student club

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University of Liverpool is investing £600 million in its facilities as part of its commitment to providing a world-class student experience and research environment.
  • The investment includes a £250-million redevelopment of the University’s student accommodation. Part of this investment – a £44-million project to construct high quality accommodation at the city centre campus – opened to students in September 2012. The 729-bedroom development features shops and a 250-seat restaurant and is at the cutting edge of sustainable design. A further £350 million is being invested in the academic estate at its city centre campus and at its Leahurst campus on the Wirral.
  • The University is developing an additional 1,259 new study bedrooms at its city centre campus, providing state-of-the art accommodation and further increasing the number of student rooms available on-campus. The scheme is due for completion in summer 2014. The University is also investing in its off-campus accommodation, developing new residences at its Greenbank site to provide a self-contained student village including catering and sports facilities. 
  • The teaching environment for science-based subjects has also been transformed with an investment of £25 million in state-of-the-art centralised teaching laboratories. The new facility, which opened in September 2012, has enhanced the overall student experience through the creation of a modern, high quality and vibrant laboratory environment.  The development is set to transform teaching in the physical sciences including physics, chemistry, environmental sciences and archaeology. The facilities support interdisciplinary science and are a new innovation in the HE sector.
  • The University is investing £32 million in teaching facilities in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, £7.5 million in an extension to the Management School and £10 million in a refurbishment of its Guild of Students which is due for completion in February 2014. Other exciting new developments include major improvements in student social space.
  • The University has recently invested £10 million in veterinary science facilities to enhance its teaching and research space. The School has undergone a major redevelopment and now boasts a newly designed School home, a high quality veterinary teaching suite with practical teaching space for 150 students, new small animal practice and enhanced research facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • As a busy and thriving city, Liverpool has many part-time jobs ideal for students.
  • Typical student vacancies can be found in hospitality, events, retail and administration.
  • The Careers & Employability Service advertises vacancies specifically for students on our dedicated jobs board. In addition we host specific part-time jobs fairs throughout the year.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers & Employability Service supports all students in developing employability skills from year one through to 5 years after graduation. We do this through a combination of departmental presentations, central workshops, fairs, social media, videos and a wide range of services all of which are available to everyone no matter what your degree subject is.
  • Our services include helping you get work placements and internships, arranging for you to meet and network with graduate recruiters, helping you find part-time jobs and of course, offering you advice and guidance on the issues important to you and your career.

Notable Alumni

Many Liverpool graduates have gone on to occupy senior positions in business and public life both within the UK and internationally. These include:

  • CH Tung, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong, now Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
  • Dame Stella Rimington, former Director General of the UK’s national Security Service, MI5.
  • Rodney Chase CBE, Chairman of Vallares and former Group Chief Executive of  BP.
  • Sir Maurice Flanagan KBE, Executive Vice-Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group.
  • Sir Robin Saxby, Chairman Emeritus of ARM Holdings.
  • Dr Sanjay Jha, CEO and Chairman of Motorola Motability.
  • Lewis Booth, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Ford Motor Company.
  • Keith Williams, Chief Executive of British Airways.
  • Philip Clarke, Chief Executive of Tesco.
  • Colin Deverell Smith OBE, former Chairman of Poundland Group, Former Chief Executive of Safeway.



For further information

  • +44 (0)151 794 2000
  • University of Liverpool
    L69 3BX
UCAS Code L41

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