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    Welcome to University of Liverpool

    A "red brick" university, the University of Liverpool dominates most of the city with its Victorian buildings, most of which are based in Brownlow Hill and Mount Pleasant. In fact, the iconic Victoria Building inspired the coining of the term "red brick university."

    Spread over almost an acre, you'll be studying in one of the UK's liveliest cities, and will certainly never be short of things to do when you're not studying.

    The university's courses in medicine and veterinary science are highly esteemed, and nine Nobel Prize winners have been based at the university at one point or another in their careers.

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    Courses and fees

    The University of Liverpool is part of the Russell Group of universities, whose aim is to offer high quality qualifications and learning environments. The University currently offers around 450 courses in 54 different subject areas, divided up into three faculties.

    Faculties

    The university has three faculties: the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

    In the Health and Life Sciences faculty are the schools of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science which are highly regarded in their respective industries. The schools have been around for over 100 years, and in particular the school of medicine is one of the largest in the UK.

    The faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses in the arts, history, law and management, with facilities such as the music studio and law clinic enhancing students' learning.

    The Science and Engineering faculty offer a number of undergraduate courses, with a high number of students also working on research. Courses cover subjects in engineering, physical sciences, electronics and environmental sciences.

    Rankings

    Eight of the subjects on offer at the University of Liverpool are in the top ten according to the Complete University Guide 2015. These being architecture, building, geology, materials technology, nursing, ophthalmics, physiotherapy, veterinary medicine

    International offerings

    The University of Liverpool has an international campus based in Suzhou, China where students can take work experience there or go on an exchange for a year if their course is in engineering, electronics, sciences or mathematics. You can also study abroad via the Erasmus scheme or with partnered universities in Mexico, Chile or Spain.

    Tuition fees

    Standard undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students are £9,000 per year for the 2015/16 year and for international students, it costs between £13,400 and £16,800 per year for non-clinical courses and £29,950 for clinical courses.

    Postgraduate research fees are £4,052 and on average taught postgraduate courses are £5,300.

    Facilities

    The University of Liverpool has a variety of modern facilities and has invested over £600 million into upgrading them. £25 million has been spent on state-of-the-art teaching laboratories alone, with the Central Teaching Hub providing a central place for students on all courses to socialise and attend classes.

    Location

    Liverpool is a vibrant city and with other universities and colleges based there, there is a hum of student activity which makes up a lot of the nightlife here. One of the most iconic cities in the UK, set on the River Mersey, you'll be spoilt for choice with the amount of cultural and entertainment options on offer. There's also a high-speed train which connects Liverpool to London and elsewhere, keeping you connected.

    Library and study facilities

    There are two main libraries which have over 1.9 million books and an array of specialist collections. Students can also use the libraries of Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University.

    IT

    There are over 2,000 computer workstations in the library, which are open 24/7, and a selection of others spread across the campus. The university utilises a computer booking system and has a live map of free computers so you can easily track down a space to study in peace.

    Careers service

    The careers department at the University of Liverpool can help you discover what to do next after you graduate from finding a job to entering further study. They can also advise on starting your own business, improving your interview technique and creating a CV.

    Amenities

    There are eight cafe bars as well as an international dining experience in the Guild of Students building, plus a range of banks and shops which offer convenience goods.

    Student Union

    The Guild of Students underwent a £14.25 million refurbishment, completed in 2014, to provide better facilities to students, and it is led by a team which are elected annually. The facility boasts a gallery, coffee shop, social lounge and performance spaces.

    Sporting

    The University of Liverpool's sport and fitness centre is located in the centre of campus and has two sports halls, a bouldering wall, swimming pool, spinning room and fitness suit on offer. There is also outdoor playing fields at Wyncote, four miles away from the main campus and football pitches adjacent to the Greenbank halls of residence.

    Medical and Welfare Services

    There is a health centre on site and a student support service is on hand to help you and give advice on matters related to mental health, care giving, counselling and disabilities. They can also help you if you need any financial advice.

    Financial aid

    The university offers a debt advice service as well as hardship funds for those who may be struggling during their studies. A range of bursaries and scholarships are on offer for students who meet the requirements.

    Accommodation

    At the University of Liverpool there are two student villages which have a range of accommodation on offer, from single dorm rooms to ensuites and studio flats, plus a election of catered residences. The prices in 20115/16 ranged from £126.70 to £201.25 per week.

    Carnatic Student Village

    Set in Mossley Hill, Carnatic Student Village has six halls with access to amenities including a restaurant, bar, launderettes, shops and the sports village. Set in one of the city's liveliest student areas, choosing to stay here you'll have access to a great selection of nightlife spots.

    On-campus halls include have Mulberry Court, Dover Court , Vine Court, Crown Place, Tudor Close, Melville Grove, Philharmonic Court.

    Off-campus halls vary, from the majestic Salisbury Hall to the modern Morton House. Most of the halls are divided up into 200 spaces, creating a cozy community feel. All accommodation offers catered options so you don't have to worry about where you'll be getting your meals from, although several halls do offer self-catering facilities so you can save some money.

    On campus we have Mulberry Court, Dover Court , Vine Court, Crown Place, Tudor Close, Melville Grove, Philharmonic Court.

    Greenbank Student Village

    Slightly smaller than Carnatic, the village has spaces for 900 students and has two halls. There's a bar and restaurant in the village as well as a gym, snooker room, TV room and launderette facilities. Situated around three miles from the main campus, there is a bus which takes you door to door for your convenience.

    In Roscoe and Gladstone Halls, the single dorm rooms are mainly catered, while Derby and Rathbone Halls are mostly self-catered. All rooms are fully furnished, come with a broadband connection and are clustered into flats of six.

    Open days

    Visiting the University of Liverpool will give you a better idea of if it's the right place for you. The open days typically run from 9.30am to 3pm giving you ample opportunity to visit the campus, have a look around the subject departments and get to meet with key members of staff and current students.

    As well as open days, the university offers campus tours for those who can't make the days, and applicant discovery days for those who are successful with their applications.

    The 2015 open days for undergraduate students take place on:

    • 26 September 2015
    • 10 October 2015

    Semester Dates

    The university year is divided into two semesters, with two graduation periods and examination periods. The dates for 2014/15 were:

    • Semester 1: 28 September - 18 December 2015 (with revision and exams from 11 - 29 January 2016)
    • Semester 2: 1 February - 13 May 2016 (with a break from 21 March - 8 April, and exams from 23 May - 3 June 2016)