Liverpool John Moores University
Welcome to Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is right in the heart of the cosmopolitan, exciting city that is Liverpool today. You can easily walk to most places, but should all that studying wear you out (or you’re at the out-of-town campus) you can rely on the excellent public transport links.
Liverpool recently received the official stamp of greatness from Rough Guides, which dubbed it both the ‘fourth friendliest city’ and ‘third best city to visit’ in the entire world. It’s also the second-safest UK city to live in, according to the UK Statistics Authority, not to mention one of the most affordable. And with more bars, clubs and societies than most people can handle, it’s certainly one of the most fun.
Still, there’s more to life than going out (honestly) and the university doesn’t disappoint with excellent links to arts and business organisations, groundbreaking research and modern, superbly equipped facilities to replicate world-of-work environments. Almost £160 million has been invested over the last 10 years.
LJMU has certainly come a long way since it was established as the Liverpool Mechanic’s Institute in 1825 before being granted university status in 1992. The new university takes its name from Salford boy and millionaire philanthropist John Moores, who founded the Littlewoods Empire and believed in opportunity for all.
The uni stands by this ethos and puts a huge amount of value on its graduates’ future employability. Work-related learning and professional skills development are integrated into all undergraduate degrees, so you’ll leave university equipped to tackle the real world head on.
There’s strong support for students, too. All first-years are given a one-to-one tutor to help them on their way to reaching such dizzying heights of success as alumni actress Caroline Aherne and Olympian Steve Parry.
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Courses and fees
The University of Liverpool John Moores offers 250 degree courses, including 90 specialist taught master’s courses. In total, there are 19 academic schools spread across four faculties at three campuses. To make the first weeks a bit less daunting, our Connect service can help you link up with other people from your course before you start.“I loved studying sociology at LJMU and the lecturers are so helpful and passionate about what they teach. I would definitely say it’s a worthwhile degree if you don’t want to go into one specific job role after graduating,” LJMU sociology graduate
To gain entry to an undergraduate course, you usually have to score between 260 and 320 UCAS points in relevant subjects. However, the university encourages students from all backgrounds to apply, so even if you don’t have the points you might still find a place here.
Most taught master’s degrees require you to hold an honours degree or equivalent qualification. Detailed entry requirements for the degree you want to apply for can be found in the course description. If you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, they may take this into account and allow you to enter your chosen course at an advanced level.If your first language is not English, you will need to take an internationally recognised English language qualification like IELTS. You’ll need a GCSE English language grade A-C, or IELTS 6.0 for an undergraduate degree or IELTS 4.5 for the international foundation programme. Specific course requirements may differ slightly; check the relevant course details or contact the international recruitment team.
For 2015/16, UK standard full-time annual tuition fees are £9,000 a year for most courses.
International undergraduate annual tuition fees range from £9,000 to £12,000 for new students starting in 2015/16. Foundation degrees are also available to international students; these start at £9,600 a year.
If you study part-time, tuition fees are calculated on how long it will take you to complete your degree, but do not have to be paid up front. For example, if it takes you six years to finish the degree, you will be studying at 50% of the full-time rate, so you will pay £4,500 a year. Part-time study is credits-based and you need 360 credits for an honours degree.
Full-time standard tuition fees for UK postgraduate students for 2014/15 range from £4,100 to £6,000 and £11,000-£12,000 for international students.
For part-time UK students, the fees are £20.50-£33 per credit. Most students will complete 60 credits of study in one academic year, although you can choose to spread this out for a longer period. More information on specific course breakdowns can be found on the LJMU courses page.
Bursaries and scholarships
A number of bursaries and scholarships are available at Liverpool John Moores, which could save you a fair bit of money if you meet the eligibility requirements. The university says that about 40% of its undergraduates automatically qualify for its annual means-tested £500 bursary, so you don’t even need to apply.
The John Lennon Imagine Awards also provide bursaries and support to those that have been in care and the income-assessed UNITE Foundation Scholarship Scheme offers £3,000 and free accommodation to vulnerable students who may otherwise struggle to go to university. More information is available on the LJMU fees and funding page.
Some 200 students a year receive scholarships of up to £10,000. These are based on excellence, not income, but 65% go to talented students from low-income households, according to LJMU. If you’re lucky enough to win one, you’ll receive the money awarded for each year of your course.
There are five different scholarship programmes in total, including the £10,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Award, which rewards outstanding academic achievement and personal excellence, and carries the responsibility or privilege of acting as an ambassador for LJMU. A maximum of six awards a year are available. The scholarships don’t just reward academic talent; they are also available to those who excel in music, sport, dance and voluntary work – such as the £1,000 Community Excellence Scholarship.
If you stay on at LJMU to do a postgraduate degree, you’ll automatically receive a 15% discount on your fees.
The university’s modern facilities include the £1.6 million Clinical Practice Suites, where healthcare students can practice their skills in a real-life environment, and the £37 million Redmonds Building, with its industry-standard film and broadcasting studios.
Library and study facilities
LJMU has three modern main libraries, or Learning Resource Centres, one for each campus, all of which are split into different ‘zones’ for group or quiet-working areas or spaces to meet friends. Aldham Roberts is at Mount Pleasant, Avril Roberts serves City Campus and I M Marsh is at, no prizes for guessing, I M Marsh.
There are more than 2,000 study places, more than 1,000 networked computers and you can even borrow a laptop. If you don’t fancy leaving the building, some of the teaching blocks also have designated computer rooms. Wi-fi is available throughout and all the IT facilities can be accessed at any time – day or night.
LJMU uses a virtual learning environment, known as Blackboard, where – depending on your course – course materials and essay questions are often posted. If all that studying gets a bit too much, the libraries have plenty of sofas and refreshment facilities available to help you relax.
Aldham and Avril Roberts are open 24/7 during term time, while I M Marsh keeps its doors unlocked until 11pm, meaning there’s plenty of time to access the collection of more than 820,000 items, including 650,000 printed monographs, 120,000 e-books and 50,000 periodicals.
The city centre itself has two libraries, both of which have lots of group and quiet study areas and a healthy bank of computers.
Welfare and financial aid
The Student Advice and Wellbeing Team, located on the ground floor of the Aquinas Building, offers an afternoon drop-in service. This experienced lot are on hand to provide advice on accommodation, money management – including whether you’re entitled to apply for student funding – and health and wellbeing, as well as offer support to students with a disability.
A Spiritual Support Team – available to anyone, irrespective of their beliefs – offers another line of confidential support and there are rooms available for anyone to use for prayer or simply a moment of quiet reflection.
The step up from school to uni can be a steep learning curve and so there are free courses available at LJMU to help make the transition smoother. These include sessions like essay writing and IT skills. One-to-one support sessions can also be booked.
If you find yourself seriously struggling to continue at uni, LJMU has a hardship fund, the Student Support Fund. There’s also an Opportunity Fund, which is available to students dealing with money worries who are currently on placements or similar. Those with a disability may be eligible for a Disabled Students’ Allowance and students with children can apply for a Childcare Grant and Parents’ Learning Allowance.
The Careers Centre helps students at every stage of their university career, whether you want to freshen up your skills, have no idea what you want to be ‘when you grow up’, or simply need some advice on how to make your CV stand out.
You can also book yourself onto any number of free career ‘essentials’ workshops, webinars and employer events, which will help you get more of an insight into a particular employer or career.
LJMU has also pioneered the intriguing ‘World of Work programme’, developed in partnership with FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations. This aims to ensure that all students acquire key, transferrable real-world work skills as part of their degrees. You can take this further by doing a number of assessments to get a Skills Certificate. This perhaps contributes towards LJMU’s statistic of having 92% of its students in work or further study six months after graduating.
The university aims to support those seeking to branch out on their own – whether as a freelancer or a start-up. Dedicated business advisers at the Centre for Entrepreneurship are on hand to dish out advice or help draw up a business plan. In fact, 200 graduate start-up companies, employing 250 people, have been established by LJMU students since 2007.
The My Jobs & Placements website displays job ads from more than 1,000 organisations for part-time work, internships, graduate jobs and placements.
LJMU doesn’t have its own health centre, but students can register to use the Student Health Centre at Liverpool University at Mount Pleasant. This is open every day and also offers a daily nurse-led drop-in service. Brownlow Heath, which runs the site, has two other surgeries in the city you can use, too.
The Beat Walk-In Service in the city centre offers a wide range of healthcare services or, you can find your nearest GP on the NHS Choices website.
If you’re experiencing emotional difficulties or mental distress, you can self-refer to the university’s counselling service to discuss any issues in confidence, or to its mental wellbeing advisers, who can offer more practical support. You can discuss any number of problems, from depression to homesickness and adjusting to university life.
Drop-in counselling sessions are available from 2pm - 3pm, Monday to Friday, or you can book by calling in to the Aquinas Building (or by phone/email). The drop-in wellbeing service is held every Wednesday at I M Marsh from 9am - 2pm and from 2pm - 4pm in the Aquinas Building. You can also contact the service by phone or email to book an appointment.
Students and staff at LJMU come from more than 100 different countries, ensuring the student community is just as diverse and vibrant as its home city.
The university recently launched some new scholarships. Eight worth up to £12,000 – or the full tuition fee – are available each year, and a further 30 waive your fees to the tune of £6,000.
The university chaplains can give you a hand applying for small grants (around £500).
If English isn’t your first language, you might choose to take one of the English language courses on offer during term time. The 25 places available at each class are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The classes cover listening, speaking and pronunciation, as well as grammar and writing skills.
Students can also take one of several foundation, pre-degree courses offered to international and EU students who may want to top up their English or subject knowledge before progressing onto a full honours degree.
All new students are guaranteed a place in university-approved accommodation, all of which is super central. Prices are competitive, you’re looking at about £105 a week for a single study bedroom with a private ensuite (most rooms have their own bathrooms) in a shared flat.
There’s a wide variety of options on offer to suit most tastes and pockets, from premium-sized rooms to more basic, value choices. We’ve given you the lowdown on each below, but you can also chat to current students on the LJMU forum and find out who else will be in your block.
- 4,000 students live in university accommodation across Liverpool
- - Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms and all have individual broadband connections, fuel costs and basic insurance included in the rent
- All the flats except North Western hall have a shared kitchen and living area
- Several blocks offer secure parking at an additional cost of at least £400 a year
Mount Pleasant Campus
There are nine accommodation choices which are ideally located for the Mount Pleasant Campus – home to the Faculty of Arts and Professional and Social Studies:
Cambridge Court and Arrad HousePart of the larger Unite Student Village complex, these ensuite blocks are just a hop, skip and a jump (aka a five-minute walk) from the Art and Design Academy and the John Foster Building. Parking’s also available here if you can’t bear to leave your car behind.
Liberty Prospect Point
If you don’t mind a slightly longer walk to class, then this one could be a good-value choice. It’s got about 500 ensuite rooms and is very close to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the London Road shopping area. Secure parking is also available for an extra £504 for the year.
This is the university’s newest addition to its accommodation portfolio and has almost 600 bedrooms. It’s very popular with new students coming straight from school or college, so there are never many older or postgrad students living here. It’s billed as a more premium option because all the standard rooms have small double beds.
Another newish option, there are about 500 ensuite rooms available here with ‘deluxe’ larger room available in some of the flats and free (free!) use of the on-site gym.
This one has a reputation. It’s in the heart of the city and, with more than 1,200 rooms, is the largest halls on offer. It’s one of the most popular with new students and you can guarantee there will be a lot of nights out and very lively nights in. The flats are mixture of communal bathrooms and ensuite facilities, so your choice depends how much you want to spend. Still this is more of a party place than a luxury option. Gym bunnies will be happy here, as residents get to use the on-site gym for free after paying a one-off £10 fee.
Apollo Court and Capital Gate
These modern halls are fully ensuite. They’re well-located for transport connections to the I M Marsh Campus, so a fair few of those students choose these halls, too. Apollo Court is a pretty friendly place as all of its 200 rooms are reserved for new students. You can also try to bag one of the few self-contained studios here (£143 a week) if you like your own space.
A good option for newbies as its small size – just over 200 beds – means it’s easy to get to know people quickly. It’s situated in the Chinatown area of the city.
City Campus houses the faculties of Education, Health and Community, Science and Technology and Environment. The halls listed below are a good choice for students on these courses and where most of them end up living:
This is the perfect location if you’re a library fiend as it’s literally right across the road from the 24/7-access Avril Roberts Library. It’s also the smallest hall in the City Campus area with just over 400 bedrooms, all of which are ensuite. Most of the flats also have one ‘deluxe’ option, which bags you a larger bed for just under a tenner more a week. Great for those who brought their car, too, as you can get secure parking for £400 a year.
Marylebone 1, 2 and 3
This beast of a complex has more than 700 bedrooms and is situated in the middle of the City Campus, right next to the Avril Roberts Library. Marylebone 3 is only available to healthcare students and is the smallest of the trio with just 130 ensuite rooms. The communal games room and large-screen TV with Sky subscription are added bonuses here, although the lack of parking may be a downside for some. Marylebone 2 is very similar with 250 ensuite rooms, but is open to all students. The largest of the trio, Marylebone 1, has 400 rooms and because it only offers shared bathrooms, it’s a much cheaper option for those who don’t mind sharing their toothpaste. It’s also known for its laidback feel.
Liberty Atlantic Point
Another good option if you need parking, this secure site has 900 ensuite bedrooms and is super close to the Byrom Street complex of teaching buildings and just a short walk to the Aldham Roberts Library. Over half of its residents are new students and most of them are studying at the City Campus. Added bonus: there’s no need to panic if you run out of milk here as there’s a handy student shop on site.
I M Marsh Campus
This campus is about four miles from the city centre and houses part of the Faculty of Education, Health and Community. There’s no accommodation here (except for new postgrads), but there are fantastic transport links from several of the other halls in the city centre. The ones below are the best options:
North Western Hall
This one’s pretty: it’s a listed building and used to be a railway hotel, so these rooms are slap bang in the actual city centre, right next door to Lime Street Station. It’s a real winner on location, but only has shared bathrooms, a dining kitchen – but no living room – and no space for parking. However, this makes it pretty much the cheapest option out there. There are 250 rooms here in flats, which vary in size from four to six bedrooms.
Apollo Court, Capital Gate, Grand Central and Grenville Street are also very popular with students studying at I M Marsh.
In addition to the university-owned accommodation, there are a lot of private halls in Liverpool. These tend to be much more modern and spacious than the university-managed options, but cost more too (most are £130 plus a week). Kexgill, for example, offers a number of options, from townhouses to small-scale, friendly halls and flats of varying size.
If you’d rather just rent privately, Wavertree, Smithdown Road (about a 45-minute walk into the city centre) and the city centre itself have lots of large student houses. A room in a shared house costs around £55 - £120 a week plus bills.
Fancy visiting the University of Liverpool John Moores in person? There are open days throughout the year, so see which one you can make…
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Mainline railway station Liverpool Lime Street is in the city centre, as is a National Express coach station, a ferry terminal (regular sailings from Belfast as well as across the Mersey) and an underground railway. There are also two bus stations for those not going so far afield. The M62, M57, M58 and M56 are all easy to access from both the city centre and the university.
Liverpool John Lennon airport – located just 10 minutes outside the city centre – has flights to Belfast and Derry, as well as all over Europe.
“I fell in love with Liverpool when I went on a trip there, then I saw the course in anthropology and it looked great. The uni is really nice, lovely staff and good facilities, too. The nearest accommodation to the campus where forensics is taught is great, very modern and only a five-minute walk.” Prospective 2015 anthropology student.
“I loved studying sociology at LJMU and the lecturers are so helpful and passionate about what they teach. I would definitely say it’s a worthwhile degree if you don’t want to go into one specific job role after graduating,” LJMU sociology graduate
“I went to the open day and the course looked really interesting. The uni is really nice, lovely staff and facilities too! The nearest accommodation to the campus where forensics is taught is great, very modern too!” prospective 2015 forensic anthropology student
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