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Liverpool John Moores University

UCAS Code: L51

Location: Liverpool, north-west England Show on Map

Site: Sites across the city; partner colleges 

A modern university, with focus on work-related courses; a member of the University Alliance group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:24,455
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:20,430
Full Time:84%
Mature on Entry:21%
UK Students:90%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

1403 (full- and part-time).

Broad study areas

Art; biological & earth sciences; biomolecular sciences; built environment; business; computing & maths; education & community studies; engineering & technology; health; human sciences; law & applied social studies; media & creative studies; pharmacy & chemistry; science; social studies. 


Admission Information:A-levels, AS-levels (GCE & VCE) accepted plus alternative qualifications; key skills viewed favourably. Many courses have specific subject and grade requirements. UCAS tariff used. 
Points on Entry (Mean):250
Drop Out Rate:8%
Accommodation:All first years guaranteed accommodation


Founded:1823 as Liverpool Mechanics' School of Arts; amalgamated with different colleges, eventually becamiing Liverpool Polytechnic in 1970. University status (and current name) since 1992.
Site:Broadly concentrated on three sites, City Campus, Mount Pleasant Campus and one in southern suburb (IM Marsh Campus). 
How to get there:Liverpool well-served by rail (Lime Street Station from Manchester 40 minutes, London 2½ hours), by road (via M6/M62), by coach (to city centre coach station), by air (Liverpool John Lennon Airport) and sea (ferries from Dublin, Belfast and Isle of Man). Main sites close to Lime Street and Liverpool central stations and many bus routes.  
Special features:Work-related learning and graduate skills are integral to all undergraduate degrees. University’s World of Work (WoW) initiative, guided by top companies and leading busines organisations (eg CBI, Airbus, Marks & Spencer, Sony, NHS), ensures that students will have the skills and know-how they need by the time they graduate.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Chaplains, counsellors, accommodation office, disability staff, welfare and money advisers, international student adviser, study support and mental health liaison; dedicated member of staff and services to support students who are care leavers.
Amenities:Students' union facilities include bar, nightclub, coffee bar, art shop, newsagent, cash machine, advice centre, clubs and societies.
Sporting facilities:All students are eligible for free off-peak membership to 12 Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool (facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis centre, athletics centre, squash and badminton courts and weights rooms). University facilities (at IM Marsh campus) include 25m pool, astro pitch, indoor sports hall, 2 gymnasiums, 2 dance studios, fitness room (with CV and resistance machines), rugby and football pitches, practise field, outdoor netball and tennis courts.
Accommodation:All new students guaranteed accommodation (including those applying through Clearing), many also have senior students living in, providing support and advice to new students; rents £72−£105 per week (up to £114 pw ensuite), on 42-week contracts. Plenty of houses and flats in private sector, coordinated by Liverpool Student Homes (run jointly with other city universities), rents £45−£75 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Learning resource centre at each main campus (library, IT, multimedia, audio-visual centres, student advice services etc): total of 820,000+ items including 650,000 printed monographs, 120,000 e-books, 50,000+ periodicals; international, national and local newspapers (with back issues on microfilm or electronic format); other online resources; wifi access throughout. 2710 study places and other zones (eg allowing students to meet friends for a coffee, work in groups or study quietly on their own); fully-accessible with wheelchair access, hearing loop facilities, height adjustable workstations and software to support visual or specific learning needs. Information provision, £111 pa spent for each student (FTE). Access to IT facilities 24 hours/day during semesters; helpdesks on all sites and help in open-access IT suites. Induction to all library and information services for new students; IT skills tutorials, 'next steps' guide, student computer helpers help with LJMU software.
Other learning resources:Networked PCs and applications; students have university email account, secure personal filestore, network printing, copying and scanning, wireless access and off-campus applications service. University’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard) gives access to learning materials, programme and module guides as well as links to other websites and university resources; can be accessed through the internet, day or night, on or off campus.
Study abroad:6% of students spend a period abroad 
Careers:Variety of ways of helping students after they graduate. Careers and employability workshops help students write CVs and application forms and perform at interviews. Range of volunteering opportunities. World of Work skills certificates: students can take this employer-verified employability award (bronze, silver or gold), the final stages of which mirror the graduate recruitment process. A range of support to students pursuing business start-up ideas (funding, specialist guidance and mentoring) and the possibility of £1500 bursary for start-up funding through Enterprise Fellowship Programme.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6000–£8000 pa (excluding fees) recommended by university. 
Term-time work:University’s has a vacancy website is a great resource for students looking for part-time work, work placements or internships – (currently over 1,000+ local /regional employers are registered). Workbank, based in SULiverpoolSU, finds temporary work in and out of term time (and graduate employment).
Financial help:Bursaries of £500 pa for UK students whose family income is less than £25k pa; or of £1000 pa for care leavers or those estranged from their parents. Fee waiver of £5000 in foundation year for students on extended degree programmes. 440 scholarships of £3000 paid in Year 1, open to students from England or the EU whose family income is up to £16k pa and who have 280 tariff points on entry (paid as £2000 fee reduction, £1000 cash bursary). Also over 200 scholarships of £1000−£3333 pa for eg high entry grades, achievement in arts or sports.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £10,050 pa (classroom), £10,750 (lab/studio); £9000 (foundation degree). 


Academic features:

All degrees courses make work-related learning and development of graduate skills explicit; higher-level World of Work (WoW) skills embedded in all degree programmes. Positively welcomes (and long experience of supporting) mature students with non-standard qualifications or from access courses.

Awarding body:

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEd, BA/BSc (QTS), BSc, BDes, BEng, LLB, MEng, MChem, MPharm, FdA, FdSc.

Length of courses:

3 years (full-time), 4 years (sandwich). Extended degree courses 4 years (full time), 5 years (sandwich). 2 years (FdA/Sc).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Control Engineering
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • Drama
  • E-business
  • Earth Sciences
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Estate Management
  • European Business Studies
  • European Studies
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • History
  • Housing Management
  • Human Biology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Information Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interior Design
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Library Studies
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Maritime Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Naval Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Offshore Engineering
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Surveying
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Tourism
  • Town/Country Planning
  • Transport Studies
  • Urban Estate Management
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Management
  • Zoology

Student view


Two main sites in the city centre plus education faculty 3 miles away. Accommodation all pretty good and well located lots of work going into new buildings and facilities. Recently implemented 'world of work' skills make each LJMU graduate highly attractive to prospective employers. Active SU, socially and politically balanced: supports around 50 clubs and societies, and BUCS teams competing to a high level; runs award-winning radio station (Shout Radio); also runs 3 shops and 4 bars (cheap and plush). The Haigh has very trendy entertainments bar/venue (The Cooler) and pub (Scholars) and a relaxing coffee bar (Wicked Café) selling fair-trade food and drink. SU puts on regular, quality entertainments 5 nights a week. Sport-for-all philosophy (national champions in several sports recently including Gaelic football and rugby league). Good staff/student relations. Wide range of subjects; mix of continuous assessment and exams. Industry years and field trips on some courses. Normally very easy to change course in first four weeks. Facilities average – 3 good learning resource centres; student services and careers service; a jobshop (workbank); comprehensive welfare advice from university and SU – strictly confidential. Good relationship with community. City was capital of culture 2008; has wide range of theatres (from enormous Empire to tiny Unity), art galleries and museums and a good shopping centre from the Albert Dock to the St John's Centre and Church Street. 2 large cinemas, including one 8-screen (home to MTV Europe Music Awards, 2008). Excellent town clubs and good pubs in abundance. High north-west intake (around a third from Liverpool), mainly from state schools; but students from all over country and a growing number international. Ugly racism minimal. Easy to get attached to Liverpool – a vibrant, exciting city, despite what the media say, with a tremendous night life.


Housing: Uni accommodation in city centre, mostly excellent and much less than private; Liverpool Student Homes co-ordinates off-campus accommodation. Eats: All sorts of food in city; meals and snacks in the union; excellent Chinatown; try Quick Chef, Egg Café(veggie), Kimos, Eddie Rockets, Soul Cafe, - lunch £2+, dinner £4.50. Drink: From £1.80 a pint in SU (and lots of weekly promotions); Haigh Building, Medication@Cream on Wednesdays, Concert Square; Slaters Street, Garlands on Thursdays. All city-centre bars cheap Mon-Thurs. Nightlife: Haigh Building, The Cooler on campus; excellent regular entertainments 3 nights/week, special events include bands, off-the-wall comedy etc. Locals: City has good mix of locals and students, most locals are really friendly, kids can be mouthy. Most student areas are in high insurance brackets. Sports: Everton, Kirkby and Toxteth sports centres. Union sports facilities at I M Marsh. Travel: Cheap, regular busses to most areas; train network to further parts of Liverpool; can get to London in 4 hours. Jobs: In city - bars to clothes shops, cafes to restaurants. SU employs 150 students (bars, admin, café). Successful university jobshop (3700 students registered). Financial help: Considerable uni access fund (advice free); quick and available for those in serious need. Informal name: JMU. Best features: Excellent SU; good mix of students; location. And worst: Some parts of uni admin.  

Past Students

Debbie Greenwood (presenter), Martin Offiah (rugby league), Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes), Desmond Pitcher (chairman of North West Water), Caroline Aherne (comedian), Stephen Byers MP, Philip Gayle (Big Breakfast).  

More info?

Contact President, tel 0151 231 4901, or visit student website at www.l-s-u.com.



Liverpool John Moores University
Student Recruitment & Widening Access
Kingsway House
Hatton Garden
L3 2AJ


0151 231 5090





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