Liverpool John Moores University

501–600 th
World University Rankings 2019
101–150 th
Young University Rankings 2018

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), which originally opened as a Mechanics Institute in 1823, is now one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK.

Named after Sir John Moores – the entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Littlewoods retail empire – the university comprises three large campuses, with the central ‘City’ campus just a short walk from some of Liverpool’s main sites, including the World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery and St George’s Hall.



Home to around 25,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide, LJMU prides itself on being an integral part of Liverpool’s cultural landscape. Tate Liverpool, the Everyman Theatre and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are just some of the partners that support the university in making learning and culture accessible to students.

LJMU's academic partnerships include further education colleges, ‎hospital trusts, public services and private companies, as well as other universities in Europe, Asia and the USA, with which it collaborates on world-leading research projects and study abroad opportunities for students.

The university emphasises a practical, hands-on approach in its teaching, with student facilities that include nursing and midwifery suites, science and engineering laboratories, an art gallery and a mock court room.

It also has its own Centre of Entrepreneurship that supports upwards of 2,000 students every year in developing their own businesses. In 2015, it introduced a £500,000 start-up fund to offer grants and awards for innovative student ventures.

LJMU degree courses are developed in partnership with industry partners and, with work experience being an intrinsic part of every course, the university’s graduates are much sought after by employers.

Alumni of LJMU include comedian Caroline Aherne, actor Claire Foy, Olympic athlete Beth Tweddle, and former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed.

If you are concerned you don’t have the required academic or English skills to gain a place at Liverpool John Moores University, we are here to help. The International Study Centre runs specialist programmes, which prepare international students for undergraduate and postgraduate study in the UK.

Whatever your ambition is for the future, Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre (LJMU ISC) will help you achieve it. From assisting you when choosing your degree programme to advising on employable skills and career options, the door is always open to offer you support.

The International Study Centre introduces you to the style of teaching that you will continue with when you progress onto your degree. You will experience small group and individual tutorials, seminar style classes and larger group lectures.

LJMU ISC is in the heart of Liverpool. It’s the perfect location to get the most out of your course, while also enjoying student life.

International Foundation Year
The International Foundation Year is designed for international students who need to improve their academic levels, study skills and English language qualification before starting the first year of an undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
• Business and Law
• Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences

Extended International Foundation Year
The Extended International Foundation Year is perfect for students who are unable to gain direct entry on to the International Foundation Year and who need extra support in business or science subjects. Run over three semesters, it offers extra support and training, to ensure a smooth progression to the first year of your chosen degree at LJMU.
• Business and Law
• Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences

International Year One
International Year One is equivalent to the first year of undergraduate study. It is perfect for students who need extra support with academic levels, study skills and English language before progressing to the second year of an undergraduate degree at LJMU.
• Business
• Engineering

Extended International Year One
Our Extended International Year One is the perfect choice for students who do not meet the entry requirements of our International Year One course and need extra support in English language and business subjects. It is equivalent to the first year of a business undergraduate degree. At the end you will progress to year two of an undergraduate degree at LJMU.
• Business

Pre-Masters Programme
The Pre-Masters Programme is a fast-track programme to post-graduate study for international students. It is an advanced programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. Once students successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, they can enter their chosen postgraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
• Business, Management and Law
• Engineering and Computing

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Key statistics

  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 17.5
    No. of students per staff
  • 18,752
    Number of FTE Students
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings