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The University of Liverpool in the city of Liverpool, England, was founded in 1881. Originally it was founded as a "university college," which in many European countries means a university that was not independent. Students attending Liverpool during the university's early days officially graduated from the University of London. The University of Liverpool became an independent university in 1903 following a Royal Charter and Act of Parliament.

However if one counts the date of its founding, this 100-acre campus in central Liverpool is an educational powerhouse of its own. With more 1,300 researchers (what we'd call faculty in the U.S.), approximately 32,000 students and over 177,000 alumni, the University of Liverpool is considered a research-intensive university. While 6 out of 10 graduates remain in Liverpool, the university has alumni in 192 countries around the world.

The University of Liverpool is also extending its reach beyond the UK. In 2006 it partnered with Xi'an Jiaotong University to open Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJLU) in Suzhou, China. Already, more than 6,400 students are enrolled with more than 11,000 anticipated students by the 2017-2018 academic year. XJLU is currently the largest international collaborative university in China, and many Chinese students also come to the main University of Liverpool campus for part of their undergraduate education under a 2+2 agreement.


The University of Liverpool has over 450 programs in 54 subject areas. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) , published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, the University of Liverpool is in the top 1 percent of universities globally. It is highly ranked by a variety of organizations, including:

Ranking position Awarding institution

Times Higher Education World University Rankings


The Sunday Times University Guide


QS World University Rankings


The Guardian University Guide


The Complete University Guide

Liverpool is also a member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 public research universities in the United Kingdom that are extremely prestigious, similar to the "public Ivies" in the US. Among the university's other distinctions are nine Nobel Laureates among its alumni. The school is also a founding member of the Northern Consortium UK, an educational charity which prepares international students to study outside their home country.

Financial aid

The University of Liverpool offers a variety of scholarships and other forms of financial aid at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Fiancial aid at the undergraduate level financial aid includes:

  • The Liverpool Bursary
  • The Liverpool Excellence Scholarship
  • Care Leavers' Opportunity Bursary
  • Hillsborough Trust Fund
  • RIBA Education Fund and RIBA Walter Parker Bursaries

These are in addition to a variety of other scholarships and bursaries. At the postgraduate level, scholarships and financial support includes:

  • Research Councils support (for UK and EU students only)
  • A variety of charitable trusts
  • Industrial sponsorships
  • Commercial loans
  • Sir Joseph Rotblat Alumni Scholarship
  • John Lennon Memorial Scholarship
  • The University of Liverpool and China Scholarship Council Awards

Students may also work while they study, and the university's career center may be of assistance to students who are in residence while pursuing their degree on the physical campus.

Online offerings

The University of Liverpool has been offering a variety of online master's degree programs and online doctoral programs in a fully online format for well over a decade. Currently, the university offers 25 programs in 6 subject areas including:

  • Management
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Health
  • Psychology
  • Education

The degrees' coursework delivery is managed by Laureate Online Education; however, all are accredited degrees awarded by the University of Liverpool. This means they hold the same value as their on-campus equivalents. In addition to enjoying university-level accreditation, many of these online programs are also accredited by international organizations and industry bodies, including:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)

The majority of the University of Liverpool's online students are middle or senior-level working professionals in their thirties, with more than 10,500 online students from more than 160 countries.

Highlighted programs

As a university in the top 1 percent worldwide, all of the University of Liverpool's programs are very competitive. However, there are some programs that are especially well-regarded. These include:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA -- offered both on campus as well as fully online -- is a great choice for students looking for a business degree from a top-ranked university as well as an AACSB-accredited management school. The online version of the degree attracts students from around the world and the program itself has a strong international focus. As a result, students get not only a global perspective academically, they also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from students who are also professionals from many different countries.

Master of Public Health (MPH)

The University of Liverpool's Department of Public Health and Policy is known for its research into health inequalities. This makes their MPH program a good fit for prospective students interested in health issues, whether it is their goal to work in a public, NGO, or international setting. Students in the MPH program may choose to specialize in international public health or the management of health systems, depending on their experience and goals.

Student life data

Here's a breakdown of the current Liverpool student body based on degree program according to 2014 data from The Complete University Guide:

Program type Number of students enrolled


Postgraduate 3,600
Continuing education 1,600
Online programs 10,500
International (outside the UK) 6,000 on campus, 7,300 online

Source: The Complete University Guide, accessed December 17, 2014

To find out more about University of Liverpool and whether one of its online or on-campus programs might be a good fit for you, scroll back to the top and click the "Request Info" button by the school logo above.


"About," The University of Liverpool, 17 December 2014, http://www.liv.ac.uk/about/

"Online Programmes," The University of Liverpool, 17 December 2014, http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/online/

"University of Liverpool," The Complete University Guide, December 17, 2014, http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/liverpool

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