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University of Liverpool


The University of Liverpool is one of the oldest civic universities in the UK. Founded in 1881, the university has a reputation for recruiting notable scholars and is associated with eight Nobel Laureates.

It is a pioneering university, being the first in the world to establish a School of Tropical Medicine in 1899. The first departments of Architecture, Biochemistry and Civic Design in the UK were opened here. The University is well known for excellent teaching and research that relates to the professions, with particular strengths in Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Engineering, Business and Architecture. Recognised for innovative teaching methods the University is also the largest provider of online degrees in Europe.

Many of University staff are at the forefront of research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 53% of research staff ranked in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). The University is a member of The Russell Group of 24 UK research- led universities and is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide for internationally recognised research. 4,600 international students from more than 100 countries enrol at the university and study on campus.

The university gives its students affordable and high quality student experience:

  • Liverpool is one of the most cost effective student cities in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2012);
  • Our student : staff ratio is the 9th best in the UK and the 7th best in the Russell Group (2012);
  • 11th largest annual research income in the Russell Group (The Financial Times 2012);
  • Ranked 29th in the Times Good University Guide 2012;
  • 31st in the Complete University Guide 2013 with many departments ranked in the top 10 in the UK: Architecture, Marketing, Nursing, Opthalmics, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Medicine, Chemistry, Dentistry, Computer Science;
  • Third best place in the world outside the US to do postdoctoral research (The Scientist).
  • Year established
  • Location
    North West England
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  • Students satisfaction

Academic specialism

In 2011 the University launched a £650m 10 year campus investment programme in learning and research facilities and state-of-the-art residential buildings as part of the University’s commitment to providing a world-class student experience and research environment. The investment includes a £250 million redevelopment of the University’s student accommodation. A further £350 million is earmarked for investment in the academic estate at its city centre campus and at its Leahurst Veterinary campus on the Wirral.

Campus facilities include:

  • Extensive research, teaching and study facilities;
  • 2 million books and 40,000 electronic journals in 2 libraries;
  • Europe's most advanced scientific teaching laboratories;
  • Newly extended sports centre and swimming pool complex.

The University’s continued investment in world-class libraries and state-of-the-art technology provision is a sign of our commitment to excellence in every aspect of learning.


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University of Liverpool
The Foundation Building
765 Brownlow Hill
L69 7ZX
United Kingdom
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Liverpool John Lennon Airport is around eight miles from the city centre and offers flights from various parts of Europe. A low-cost bus service from the airport to the city centre is operated by Merseytravel. Manchester Airport, which is around 45 minutes from Liverpool, is the destination for flights from around the world. There is a direct rail link and coach service from the airport to Liverpool City Centre.