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Liverpool John Moores University

2016 League Table Ranking 68
2016 Overall Score 623
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Entry Standards 342 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 18.5 Help
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Research Quality 2.79 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,076 Help
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Student Satisfaction 4.07 Help
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Facilities Spend 262 Help
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Graduate Prospects 61.1 Help
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Degree Completion 84.2 Help
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Good Honours 74.9 Help
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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 43.7 Help
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  • Originating from a small mechanics institution (Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts) founded in 1825, the institution grew by converging and amalgamating with different colleges and eventually became the Liverpool Polytechnic.
  • In 1992, the Polytechnic became Liverpool John Moores University, one of the UK's new generation universities.
  • In 2007, LJMU launched a globally unique model of higher education, which stresses work-related learning and graduate skills development in tandem with effective employer engagement. Known as the World of Work or WOW, programme, this model is endorsed and shaped by the FTSE 100 Index companies and leading business organisastions, including Airbus, CBI, Ford Europe, NHS, GKN Aerospace, Marks and Spencer, Siemens and Sony. The World of Work programme is now fully integrated across all undergraduate degrees.

Location and Transport

  • LJMU is a thriving, vibrant university located at the heart of Liverpool, which is ranked as the third best city in the world to visit by Rough Guides in 2014.
  • The University has three main campuses: both the City and Mount Pleasant Campuses are based in the city centre; the IM Marsh Campus is located approximately 6.4km (4 miles) south of the city centre.
  • Liverpool is well served by public transport (ferry, taxi, rail, bus, coach and underground rail).

Entry Standards

  • The University has an excellent and longstanding record of reaching out to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and ensuring that the benefits of a university education are accessible to everyone with demonstrable academic ability irrespective of their social or economic background.
  • The University is committed to delivering an academically engaging and supportive student experience that produces graduates that are prepared for the world of work and that are valued as successful contributors to society.

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • The University considers a wide range of qualifications and combinations of qualifications for entry to undergraduate programmes. These include AS / A levels, Access awards (diploma and extended diploma), International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC Nationals and OCR Nationals, Open University courses, Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers, the Advanced Diploma and Cambridge Pre-U.
  • Applicants must have a minimum level of literacy (normally Grade C or above in GSCE English or its equivalent) and numeracy (which varies from course to course). Candidates are also expected to achieve a minimum entry requirement for admission to an undergraduate degree programme of a pass in two GCE A level subjects (in some cases specific subjects) or in an equivalent level 3 qualification. Some programmes do not accept General Studies A level and, where this is the case, this is indicated in the course entry requirements, detailed using the UCAS Tariff.
  • View Liverpool John Moores University Admissions Policy here:

Student Mix

The 21,315 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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

Course Flexibility

  • The majority of programmes offer a sandwich year on industrial placement.
  • Increased range of degree with foundation years available as a stepping stone on to a variety of degree programmes.
  • University operates an ERASMUS placement scheme

Teaching Standards

  • All LJMU degrees are of the highest academic standard and are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry. This combination of academic expertise and real world experience helps keep LJMU’s degrees up-to-date and secure accreditation by key professional bodies.
  • Work-related learning is included in every degree programme, so students have the chance to engage in real world projects or go on placements and apply their skills in professional settings.
  • Students are also encouraged to take their work-related skills up to the next level, gaining higher World of Work skills identified, not by LJMU but by leading national and international employers and business experts.
  • No other university, either in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these World of Work skills or gives them the opportunity to have their abilities verified through an employer-validated Skills Statement and interview.
  • All degrees are QAA UK Quality Assured.
  • The University has been awarded 6 Higher Education Academy Awards for outstanding teaching.

Research Standards

In the REF 2014, LJMU was ranked 62nd in the UK for the quality of its research. LJMU research impact is rated as internationally excellent in the following subject areas:

  • 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is considered world- leading, or internationally excellent. The School is now ranked world-leading and second in the UK for its research.
  • 94% of research from LJMU’s School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
  • LJMU's education-related research is ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 Universities, with over 60% of work considered world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 85% of LJMU research relating to Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory is recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.
  • LJMU’s School of Law is ranked 4th in the UK’s Post-92 universities for its research, with over 97% of its work either recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent
  • 81% of LJMU’s research relating to Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at LJMU is recognised internationally, or considered as internationally excellent.
  • 68% of LJMU’s health-related research is considered world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment is considered of international importance or recognised internationally.
  • 95% of research from LJMU’s School of Engineering, Technology and Maritime Operations is world leading or considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

LJMU’s research impact is rated as internationally excellent in all subject areas.

  • LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is ranked world-leading and second in the UK for its research into a number of areas: from tackling unhealthy lifestyles and obesity in children by adapting play areas and schools, working with Premiership football clubs, locally and across the country for performance analysis and injury prevention strategies, through to cardiac screening and cardiovascular health of athletes
  • LJMU is ranked in the top 25 English universities for PhD completion rates, and research students form the bedrock of the University's vibrant research community.
  • The University has a dedicated Graduate School providing advice on progressing onto a PhD, and providing support for research students.

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Academic Strengths

  • Key areas include: public health (LJMU is designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention), teacher education, subjects allied to medicine, engineering, computing science, astrophysics, and sport and exercise sciences.
  • LJMU stands apart from other universities in the UK because of its extensive links with employers operating in all sectors of the economy.
  • LJMU's facilities are designed to replicate 'world of work' environments so that students can gain the key skills and experience relevant to their chosen career. These include clinical practice suites for midwifery, nursing and paramedic students, science, technology and engineering laboratories, TV studios, a forensic scene-of-crime lab, theatre and rehearsal facilities, a mock or moot courtroom and an art gallery.
  • Regional and local employers, representing all sectors and all types of organisations from large companies to SMEs, are working closely with LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre to provide outstanding work placements, internships and work-related learning opportunities to students.
  • LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre is dedicated to helping students get the skills, confidence and experience they’ll need to succeed in an increasingly competitive gradate job market. Current activities include:
  • Career workshops and training sessions give students the skills they need to find and secure a graduate job. Sessions run throughout the year and include such topics as: CV writing, presentation skills, practise interview sessions and psychometric testing. Skills Support Officers – LJMU’s Skills Support officers (SSOs) are central to the delivery of World of Work programme in Faculties, providing support for academic staff and ensuring that students maximise their graduate skills development and employability while at LJMU.
  • One-to-one career information, advice and guidance interviews – LJMU’s World of Work Careers Centre provides a confidential one-to-one service, on all things career-related including how to complete applications forms, write winning CV and decide upon career choice.
  • The Centre for Entrepreneurship is the focal point for business start activity at LJMU, supporting around 1,200 students per year within the curriculum and providing expert business start-up advice to students and graduates. Up to 60 places are available on the Enterprise Fellowship Programme, which is an intensive start-up programme linked to a funding scheme where businesses can pitch for £1,500 upon trading.

Student Facilities

  • Studying at LJMU opens more doors than you might think thanks to LJMU’s extensive links with leading arts, cultural and other organisations across Liverpool and beyond, such as Liverpool Philharmonic, Tate Liverpool, Everyman and Playhouse, Royal Court and Homotopia to name just a few.
  • LJMU's dedicated World of Work Careers Centre operates as the hub for all of the University's student employability initiatives, including year round, free career and training sessions and workshops.
  • LJMU has three modern Libraries and the two largest being open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term. Every subject, every topic, every interest is covered in the Learning Resource Centres – in formats ranging from DVD and CD, to journals, satellite TV programmes, magazines, and of course books, both print and electronic.
  • LJMU's virtual learning environment, Blackboard, gives students links to materials such as assignments, lecture notes, useful Internet sites and other multimedia resources.
  • Over 2,000 workstations are available in the Libraries and Student IT Zones.
  • 100% of student rooms in LJMU-approved student accommodation are wired for internet access.
  • Two Starbucks cafes are open in the City and Mount Pleasant campuses.
Student support services
  • The University provides a wide range of services operated by professional staff to help students achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Staff skilled in student finance, accommodation, mental well-being, counselling, disability, international, study support and other student-specific areas are available to all students throughout their time at the University.
  • Dedicated Mathematics Resource and Support Centre (MRSC) to help students who need to refresh their mathematical or statistical skills, knowledge or understanding or need additional help with the mathematical or statistical element of their studies
  • Multi-faith/quiet spaces on every campus, including dedicated Muslim prayer room, and University chaplains available for all.
  • Through John Lennon Imagine Awards (JLIA) LJMU offers a bespoke package of support to students who have experienced being in care or who are estranged from their parents. This includes: annual bursary (minimum cash bursary of £1,000 per year of their course, in addition to funding awarded by social services); help with accommodation so students have access to high quality and affordable accommodation 365 days a year without the need for a guarantor; expert and confidential advice via LJMU’s dedicated Care Leavers Co-ordinator.

Disability Services

  • LJMU's Assessment Room for students with disabilities and additional support needs is discrete, fully accessible and provides a comfortable, welcoming space where students can test out a range of different furniture, equipment and technologies based on their own specific needs.
  • Assessments are carried out in support of the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) scheme. The facility reflects the availability of increasingly professional disability support services within LJMU.

Students' Union

  • LiverpoolSU runs over 75 clubs, societies and sports teams, ranging from the Islamic, Cheerleading and Snowriders societies to the Freestyle Dance, American Football and Jiu Jitsu Clubs. These offer both entertainment and the opportunity to develop skills for future careers.
  • The Union's 'Give a It Go' events include trips to the Lake District, speed dating, skiing and snowboarding weekends, as well as more traditional fundraising events.
  • LiverpoolSU strives to ensure students get the most from their learning experience, by representing students’ views and lobbying when something needs to change.
  • .Support is available through the LiverpoolSU advice centre, course reps and hall reps.
  • LiverpoolSU runs a number of campaigns across the year on issues important to students, inside LJMU and beyond, to help bring about positive change and ensure students love student life at LJMU.
  • New fully staffed Students Union Hubs on campus giving students easier access to the range of services offered by their Union.


  • LJMU students have free off-peak access to Lifestyles Fitness Centres around Liverpool (and greatly reduced rates for on-peak use). Further details are on the website.
  • Students can also access a range of sports facilities at the IM Marsh campus, which is located in the leafy suburb of Aigburth, just a few miles from the city centre. The facilities include an astro pitch, indoor sports hall, two gymnasiums, two dance studios, fitness room (equipped with CV and resistance machines), rugby pitch, football pitch, practise field, outdoor netball courts and outdoor tennis courts.
  • If you are an elite athlete you’ll be given the opportunity to make full use of the state-of-the-art Tom Reilly Building, which houses the School of Sports and Exercise Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology. It provides world-class sports facilities including appetite laboratories, psychology testing labs, neuroscience labs, an indoor 70-metre running track, force plates, caren disc, physiology suites, a DEXA scanner for measuring body fat, muscles and bone density, a driving simulator and a chronobiology lab.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

Over the last 10 years, LJMU has invested over £160 million in developing new buildings and refurbishing existing facilities:

  • Tom Reilly Building
  • Redmonds Building
  • John Lennon Art and Design Building
  • £1.6million clinical practice suites

LJMU is currently finalising the masterplan to develop a new university village in the heart of Liverpool city centre which will bring a renewed sense of identity and belonging to LJMU’s current portfolio of 37 buildings, from the main science and technology facilities at Byrom Street to the John Foster Buildings on Mount Pleasant and the Redmonds Building on Clarence Street.

  • This ambitious plan would eventually enable LJMU to relocate all of its activities to Liverpool city centre, though it is expected that the University will remain at its IM Marsh until 2017. The University will continue to invest in facilities and services and in maintaining the grounds and sports facilities at this campus to ensure the delivery of a high quality student experience until the site is closed. 

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Excellent availability of part-time work in Liverpool.
  • Over 1,000 organisations have signed up to LJMU's vacancy website, a one-stop-shop for students looking for part-time work, graduate jobs, work placements and much more.

Careers Guidance

Whatever your professional ambitions, LJMU’s Careers Centre and Faculty World of Work Support Units can help you find work-related learning that will enhance your CV and add value to your university experience. This includes:
  • High quality careers advice when you need it.
  • Careers Zones on campus.
  • Skills support and employability staff.
  • Work-based learning units.
  • Dedicated business advisors for student and graduate entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • LJMU-funded internships for second year students.
  • LJMU vacancy website advertising part-time work, graduate jobs and work-placements.

Notable Alumni

  • Olympian and three times world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE is a BSc (Hons) Sports Science graduate and former LJMU Sports Scholar.

For further information

  • +44 (0)151 231 5090
  • Liverpool John Moores University
    Student Recruitment & Widening Access
    Kingsway House
    Hatton Garden
    L3 2AJ
UCAS Code L51

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