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Guide To Postgraduate Study In Liverpool


Liverpool is such a great city you’ll want to stay forever!

Liverpool City GuideIf you embrace the city of Liverpool, it will give you the warmest of welcomes and make you really glad you chose to live and study here. Liverpool became a city in 1880 and is rightly proud of its industrial heritage.

Get connected

Based in the North West of England, Liverpool can seem a long way from London, but direct trains take just over two hours to connect it to the UK's capital. And with Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport as well as the well-connected ferry port, travelling to other parts of the UK and European countries is easy. Within the city itself people travel around using the electric train system, a comprehensive bus service and a ferry service over the Mersey.  

Irish ancestry

The ferry crossing to and from Dublin to Liverpool means that the city has a massive connection with Ireland's capital, with plenty of Irish people passing through, many of whom have settled. In fact over half the 480,000-strong population have Irish ancestry, and you can really feel the Irish spirit in the music of the bars and clubs in the city. Liverpool's close links to Dublin certainly help to make it a fun city to live in as a student,   

Musical heritage 

Music plays a massive part in shaping Liverpool's past and present, The Beatles called Liverpool home as did singer and entertainment icon Cilla Black. Other musical acts to have come out of Liverpool include Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Atomic Kitten and Echo And The Bunnymen. 

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Liverpool The Beatles974 postgraduate courses on offer at the three universities will make it tricky to decide on the right course.

9,687 postgrad students living and studying in the city will give you way too many friends to hang out with!

Music lovers beware – Liverpool is hailed as the Guinness World Record's World Capital of Pop so you can waste hours in gigs and dedicated music museums – leaving no time for revision.

Football crazy – with Liverpool FC and Everton FC both regularly winning major football trophies, you may find yourself caught up in the celebrations with your fellow Liverpudlians and taking your eye off the studying ball!

Too much nightlife to handle – Liverpool is well known for its nightlife and was in fact voted Tripadvisor's 2011 Best City for Nightlife in the UK – you will spend way too much time enjoying yourself to concentrate on your PG studies.

Liverpool StudentsStudents in Liverpool – facts & figures

There is a large and vibrant student scene in Liverpool as all three universities have campuses in or close to the city centre.

The three universities – the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University have a combined total of 70,000 students – and of these students 60,313 are undergraduates and 9,687 postgraduates.

The University of Liverpool has the largest postgraduate cohort with over 5,000 postgrad students, Liverpool John Moores University has the next largest PG population with over 3,500, and Liverpool Hope University has approximately 1,000 PG students.

Overall the postgraduate student community in Liverpool forms almost 15% of the student population.

Living the high life… in Liverpool

FreshThere is plenty of student accommodation in Liverpool as all of the universities have a large number of modern purpose built accommodation blocks and villages. Liverpool John Moores University postgraduate students are accommodated in Liberty Atlantic Point, North Western Hall and Liberty Prospect Point halls of residence and also in self-contained studio flats at The Arch and at Vita Student buildings. 

Alternatively, students looking for smart accommodation in Liverpool can take advantage of the independent private halls of residence provided by companies like Fresh. These give you a great chance to meet with other students outside of your course or institution and offer another range of social activities to participate in. Fresh Student Living has two locations in Liverpool – Byrom Point and Europa – and they are both close to Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. These student residences offer high quality fixtures and fittings, top security, and high speed broadband. 

Postgraduate students in Liverpool tend to live in areas around Tuebrook, Kensington and Toxteth in the city centre, further out areas including Wavertree, Smithdown, Aigburth, Allerton and Mossley Hill are all popular and the rents are cheaper.

Liverpool Liver BuildingWhat can you do in Liverpool when you’re not studying?

There is plenty to do in Liverpool outside of your studies. If you like music, then there are a number of museums and venues dedicated to The Beatles and Liverpool's musical past and present. Plus, the live music clubs and pubs scene in Liverpool is unrivalled within the UK, with many an inspirational band showcasing their musical talents on a regular basis.

Alternatively, there are some wonderful city centre parks to spend time in and this is a great way to relax without spending money (which we know students are usually short of!). Walking around Liverpool is a joy with many of the libraries and museums demonstrating great examples of Victorian architecture.

If you want to get out of the city for a bit there are wonderful old country houses in the surrounding area, including Croxteth Hall and Speke Hall, and these offer a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

LIverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University has a postgrad student cohort totalling 3,499 students. Of these 45% are full time and 55% are part time. There 287 postgrad courses on offer at Liverpool John Moores University – these are broken down into 159 full time courses, 122 part time programs, and 6 distance learning options.

Liverpool John Moores University Courses

Tuition fees & costs

The tuition fees for a postgrad program at Liverpool John Moores University are from £5,700 per year and £9,250 per year for UK and EU students depending on the course, and between £11,630 per year and £12,600 per year for international students.

Facilities & specialisms

Liverpool John Moores University has well known postgraduate departments in Education, Business, Allied Medical, Biology and Architecture.

Student life

With over 100 clubs and societies, Liverpool John Moores University has a busy and active social scene. There are plenty of extracurricular cultural trips and experiences on offer to add to your learning experience. LJMU also has some great accommodation options for postgraduate students as outlined in the accommodation section at the beginning of this article.

Student case study

Domingo Leal Perez, from Spain, returned to Liverpool after studying in the city as an Erasmus student. He is studying a Masters in Digital Marketing at Liverpool John Moores University and he plans to begin a marketing business in Liverpool. Domingo says that “Liverpool is a great place to grow a business and LJMU has made me the person I am today. I know for sure I will always have a base here.”

5 fascinating facts about Liverpool John Moores University

LJMU was established in 1823

It is named after Sir John Moore the founder of retail company Littlewoods

The Dalai Lama and Steven Spielberg have both been guest speakers at LJMU

Dr Brian May CBE, Queen guitarist, was the 4th Chancellor

John Lennon was an alumnus

University of LiverpoolUniversity of Liverpool

There are 5,183 postgraduate students at the University of Liverpool – and of these 63% are full time and 37% are part time. These students can choose from 579 different postgrad courses on offer, 309 are full time, 269 are part time, and 43 are online 43 – although most online courses can be studied on campus as well.

University of Liverpool Courses

Tuition fees & costs

The standard full time tuition fees for a postgrad program are between £5,600 per year and £15,000 per year for UK and EU students depending on the course. International students can expect to pay between £12,500 per year and £21,000.

Facilities & specialisms

The University of Liverpool has large postgraduate departments in Business, Medicine and Dentistry, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Agriculture.

Student life

The Student Union at the University of Liverpool is called the Liverpool Guild of Students and has a large range of clubs and societies along with support services for students. As far as university-based accommodation is concerned the University of Liverpool offers a large selection of on and off campus accommodation blocks and villages giving students an excellent range of choice. 

5 fascinating facts about the University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool was established in 1881

It was the first university in the world to have departments in Architecture, Biochemistry, Civic Design and Oceanography

It established the first British university in China in 2006

The University of Liverpool was a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities

Former Director General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, is an alumnus, as is DJ Nick Grimshaw

Liverpool Hope UniversityLiverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University has a total of 1,005 postgraduate students – and of these 65% are full time and 35% are part time. There are 108 postgrad courses on offer at Liverpool Hope University – and these are broken down into 62 full-time courses, 39 part-time programs, 2 distance learning options and 5 customised course.

Liverpool Hope University Courses

Tuition fees & costs

Postgraduate tuition fees at Liverpool Hope University are between £5,000 per year and £10,000 per year for UK and EU students, and from £11,200 per year to £12,000 per year for international students.

Facilities & specialisms

Liverpool Hope University specialises in Education, Social Studies, Business, History and the Creative Arts.

Student life

Liverpool Hope University aims for staff and students to work closely together giving students a big role within the university. The Student Union has a large collection of clubs and societies, especially in the creative arts. There is some provision for postgraduate accommodation at Liverpool Hope.

5 fascinating facts about Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University was established in 1844

The university’s motto is 'In Faith, Hope and Love'

The Centre for Millennialism Studies, devoted to the culture of post-apocalyptic culture, is based at Liverpool Hope University

Team GB athlete Jenny Meadows is an alumnus

Local legend tells that Charlie Chaplin attended a school that is now part of Liverpool Hope University


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