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Liverpool Hope University has been ranked Gold standard for its Teaching Excellence Framework and has a proud history extending more than 175 years. With 98.1% of Liverpool Hope’s students in employment or further education 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17), they are ranked top 2 in the UK for graduate employability and pride themselves on their high academic standards and research informed teaching.

Their departments are:

  • Business School
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • Disability and Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Education Studies
  • English
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Health Sciences
  • History and Politics
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Teacher Education
  • Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

The University was awarded gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.

Over the last decade, more than £60 million has been invested in the university buildings and facilities, and it is ranked* in the top 10 UK universities for its percentage of doctorally qualified staff. The university focuses on Arts & Humanities, Education and Science.

Liverpool Hope is one of only four universities in the North West to rank in the national top 50 and the only university in Liverpool to hold a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - the government framework measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

In the recent 2020 Guardian League Tables, Liverpool Hope is Liverpool’s highest ranked university and is top 3 in the North West.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Delightful, intriguing and well balanced.”

“I joined Hope a few weeks late into the year as I transferred. I have been welcomed into the university and have found it really easy to settle in. Have made so many friends and look forward to the rest of my time at Hope and the opportunities the university will provide for me.”

“Wonderful, enriching and valuable.”

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

The number of Liverpool Hope graduates in employment or further education six months after graduating has risen to 98.1%. This places Liverpool Hope University top 2 in the UK universities ranking and 1st in England.

The Employability Hub gives students access to workshops with employers and careers fairs, and sends regular email bulletins with job opportunities, while the online careers portal has tools to help students plan their career.

The University’s own employment service, Hope Works, advertises part-time paid jobs on campus, such as working in the library, shops or one of the cafes. The Graduate Internship programme, which Liverpool Hope students can apply for in the months after graduation, offers new alumni the chance to apply for roles in departments across the University, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience.

Several of the University’s subjects offer work placement opportunities which the students can undertake as part of their course, with opportunities to undertake these overseas as well as in the UK. The dedicated and experienced staff in each department are able to offer their support and guidance to all those wishing to undertake a placement.

Our student reviewers regularly praise the careers team at the University, telling us their help and support is incredibly beneficial to their future progress. 

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Careers service is excellent... Each department has a dedicated member of staff who is knowledgeable in that area of careers. Regular visits to your course letting you know about job prospects and opportunities to improve your resume. Will help with any preparation for job interviews or applications for internships/placements.”

“Good employability hub.”

"University offers good support from careers department."

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Liverpool Hope offers a great range of both Single and Combined Honours degrees, giving students’ lots of flexibility and choice when finding the right course. Courses include those in the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Education and Social Science. There's a useful online course finder directory and prospective students can also find an index of courses in the 2020 Undergraduate Prospectus.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 places Liverpool Hope as one of the UK’s top 50 universities and first in the North West for student experience.

In the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF year 2), Liverpool Hope received Gold rating and they are also in the top 10 of all universities* for the percentage of academic staff with doctorates.

All academics at Liverpool Hope are research active, meaning students benefit from the latest insights in their research.

Student reviewers generally found that their courses were delivered by academic staff who were passionate about their subjects, approachable and worked hard to keep students engaged.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Class size enables the students and lecturers to maintain a close relationship. Lecture topics come from areas of relevant research and there is emphasis on transferable skills that will make you more employable.”

“The lecturers are all so approachable and friendly.”

“Brilliant knowledge of staff.”

Students' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The SU plays a big part in student lives, organising sports, social activities and societies. They also play a welfare role in terms of advice and support within the University. It runs regular forums at both campuses to ensure students’ voices are heard.

Global Hope, the University’s international educational charity, gives students the opportunity to travel and to help communities in countries such as Uganda, India and Sri Lanka. 

Sports teams include badminton, cheerleading, football, Gaelic football and rugby; and the growing number of societies includes musical theatre, ISOC, History, Politics and Feminist and baking.

Events include Welcome Week events, a summer ball, awards nights as well as club nights at local venues. The union also works with the university bar to host events throughout the year.

Student reviewers felt incredibly well represented and often described the students' union as supportive, friendly and hardworking.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

"SU is helpful and organises different events and societies."

"Easy to find and learn about other aspects of the uni."

"The union represent the interests of students really well."

"Helpful + supportive."



All first-year students are guaranteed a room in university accommodation, which includes Halls of Residence on site at Hope Park, Creative Campus, and Aigburth Park (all have round the clock security), or other University-owned accommodation. There are a number of rooms adapted for disabled students.

Costs range between £88 - £126 per week (36 week contract) depending on which halls you choose, and includes rent, electricity, gas and internet. There is a range of flexible payment options available.  

Hope Park offers 575 single rooms with both en-suite and shared bathrooms, self-catered rooms and flats. Creative Campus, situated just outside the city centre, offers en-suite self-catered rooms. Aigburth Park is a residential campus with plenty of shops and bars nearby. There are 220 en-suite self-catered rooms and 189 shared facilities rooms. 

Halls have Resident Tutors, who students can approach for help and advice. Each hall hosts a regular dining in night.

A number of student reviewers commented on how safe and secure they felt in their accommodation, as well as how clean it is.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

"Teresa Hall was excellent, extremely well equipped."

"Greatly cared for by the staff and security."

"Aigburth Park, very clean and safe environment."

Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: IDP Connect 2019


per annum


The university has invested £60 million in the past decade on a number of notable facilities, including: the Sheppard Worlock Library and Creative Campus Library, which contain more than 309,000 items and additional online resources, and a £14 million Health Sciences and Sports complex.

The first phase of the Health Sciences complex opened in January 2016 and houses specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science, including a 25-metre biomechanics sprint track.

The second phase was completed in October 2016 and features a six court, two storey main sports hall, gym/fitness rooms, strength and conditioning suite, changing facilities, squash courts, café, lecture theatres and retractable tiered spectator seating for show court events. Students pay a one-off annual registration fee of £25 and can then use all the gym, squash courts and take classes at no extra cost. The facilities are open to students and researchers only, ensuring value for money for students and maximum access for researchers.

FIH international hockey accredited Astroturf has been installed on outdoor pitches. In 2018, a new 3G artificial sports pitch, tennis courts and a running track, that is just under a mile in length, opened to students.

In 2018, the Creative Campus, which is located close to the city centre, has been transformed so that it includes a new state-of-the-art Arts centre, food court, study space and additional library provision.

In 2019, the new Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation Clinic located in Hope Park Sports opened its doors. The Clinic is a new addition to the Faculty of Science, and provides students with the opportunity to put learning into practice. Staff and students can book appointments and receive treatment from qualified practitioners, as well as the new cohort of Sports Rehabilitation students. 

The facilities at Liverpool Hope have generally gone down well with our student reviewers, with a number noting that there is always plenty of space to study, and a few commenting on the provision of specialist equipment in their departments. 

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Very good. Eating facilities are great - canteen, restaurant/bar, shop, Starbucks and 4 other non chain coffee areas. Library facilities - great space and organisation, helpful staff, archive library, large library on and offline. Teaching rooms/lecture halls are great - spacious, clean and bright.”

"Very good and gives everything we need."

"So convenient and easy to access."

City life
City life

City life

WUSCA City life ranking The City life ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

Liverpool is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regularly ranked as one of the UK’s friendliest cities. It is home to more than 50,000 students and is a hub for culture, attracting millions of visitors every year with its architecture, museums, theatres, galleries, music and sport. Both campuses have easy access to the city centre nightlife.

The city of Liverpool proved popular with our student reviewers, with many enjoying the nightlife it offers and commenting how friendly they find it. In fact, students voted it the 20th best place for city life at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Liverpool is a great university city with lots to do to cater for all. Great restaurants and bars as well as plenty cultural events and music venues. Both louder and calmer areas to go out so you can change your type of night out depending on where you go.”

"Loads of shops, good night life, loads of things to do."

"The city is beautiful, wonderful and friendly."

"Great city night life, there is always something different to do."

Cost of living
Cost of a pint This is the average cost of a pint.
Source: IDP Connect 2019

£2.00 - £3.00

per pint
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

There is a wide range of clubs and societies to join at Liverpool Hope. Whether you’re interested in arts and culture, performance, baking or politics, there’s a group to get involved in.

Sports teams include hockey, tennis, badminton, cheerleading, football, Gaelic football and rugby; and the growing number of societies includes musical theatre, baking, ISOC, History, Politics and Feminist.

Some of our recent sporting successes have included:

  • Men’s GAA- All Britain Champions, 2019.
  • Women’s GAA - been crowned the British University Ladies champion, 2018.
  • Men’s 2nd Football- League winners, 2019.
  • Men’s Rugby- League Winners, 2019.
  • Netball- League Winners. 2019.
  • Basketball- League Winners, 2019.

Students were impressed by the choice of clubs and societies on offer to them and how welcoming the members were to new students.

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Since coming to Hope, I have joined musical theatre society which has been a great way to meet new people and gain confidence. Lots of societies to get involved in - easy to set up new ones to cater for you interests.”

"There are so many clubs and societies that there are so many opportunities."

"Huge variety and welcoming"

Student support
Student support

Student support

The Student Support and Wellbeing team provide a one-stop service for advice and help with everything from money worries to health concerns. In February 2016, The Quality Assurance Agency said that Liverpool Hope set a good example in the way it integrates student support services with academic provision.

There is a mental health adviser and counsellor, while the elected SU Vice President (Welfare) runs campaigns to promote well-being at uni. The Student Support and Wellbeing team also run Healthy Halls events and offers cooking classes.

Students told Whatuni they're supported in both their academic and personal lives and they feel that the university genuinely listens to them and is always there for them. The high quality of support offered to students by tutors in particular was remarked upon by many student reviewers. 

Liverpool Hope University students on Whatuni say:

“Feedback is prompt and useful, support services are good in terms of academic and wellbeing.”

"Tutors are always available, they're well equipped to provide support."

"There is brilliant support for all kinds of needs."

"My tutors are very supportive and helpful and the university is really good for support as a whole."



Undergraduate 2019/20 - UK/EU - £9,250

Undergraduate 2019/20 - International - £11,400

Postgraduate Taught Courses 2019/20 - UK/EU - £5,200 - £10,500 (depending on your chosen course)

Postgraduate Taught Courses 2019/20 - International - £11,400 (MRES - £12,850; IMBA - £12,400)

Please visit Liverpool Hope’s website for full information on fees.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

Liverpool Hope University’s scholarships and awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement and ability. All scholarships, awards and prizes will be cash awards and do not have to be paid back. These are proposed scholarships for 2019/20 and are subject to ratification by the University.

Performance Scholarship

Available to prospective students with a talent in Dance, Drama, Music or Sport who have a portfolio of public performances or have performed at national level offering £3,000 over the period of study.

Music Scholarships

Liverpool Hope University has introduced nine fully-funded music scholarship opportunities, which together are worth more than £40,000.

The nine scholarships are:

  • Four vocal scholarship for soprano, alto (male or female), tenor and bass
  • Four string scholarships for two violins, viola and cello
  • One joint organ scholarship (together with Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral)

The scholarships are for high level tuition, free accommodation and exposure to excellent performance opportunities. For the string scholarships, students will be tutored members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Male vocal scholars will have opportunities to perform with the Metropolitan Cathedral choir. Meanwhile the organ scholarship offers a student the chance to be tutored by the Organist and Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Departmental Scholarships

Awarded to the top student recruited in each subject (with either a single honours or major). This is determined by highest UCAS points but students must have at least two A grades or triple starred distinction in BTEC. The scholarship awards £2,000, split over the first two years of study.

For more details on scholarships and bursaries, head to Liverpool Hope’s website.

For information on scholarships for international students, head to the University’s website.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

Subject areas at Liverpool Hope including Geography, Sport Science, Education and Social Work have risen in The Guardian Good University Guide 2020, and they are ranked ninth for Theology and Religious Studies and eighth in the country for Computer Science.

Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University’s academic life and vision; it sustains and renews intellectual vitality within the staff and student academic community and plays an important role in the creation of a vibrant learning and teaching environment.

Hope collaborates with a range of external research partners both within the business and community sectors, as well as other Universities both nationally and internationally.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) Liverpool Hope University:

  • Was ranked 4th in the North West for Research Intensity (Times Higher Education 2014)
  • Was 3 times more improved in research quality since 2008
  • Had more than a third of research rated as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)
  • Had 55% of permanent academic staff submit work in 12 units of assessment
  • Had 44% of its research outputs ranked as world leading or internationally excellent

Members of this department have significant international research publications in areas such as Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Victorian literature, travel writing, war poetry and prose, and American literature. English Language tutors are members of linguistics organisations including the British Association for Applied Linguistics and the International Society of World Englishes.

Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is highly research active, with particular expertise in the area of computational mathematics. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 100% of research outputs in the department were rated internationally excellent or internationally significant.

Social Work
Research in this department covers international social work, the theory and practice of radical social work, children, young people and children’s rights, and crime, deviance and the media. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 the department was ranked 12th in the UK for research outputs.

Disability Studies
The Department of Disability Studies is made up of internationally-leading researchers and is home to the The Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS).

Liverpool Hope offers courses in Education Studies and Teacher Education, including BA QTS and PGCEs. It has excellent partnerships with local schools and offers enhancement opportunities for trainees, including the Hope Challenge Programme.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Current UK Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The standard offer level for degree programmes for students starting in September 2020 is BBB - BBC at A Level or 120 - 112 UCAS points, plus any further subject specific entry requirements.

It is Liverpool Hope’s policy to admit those candidates who demonstrate an ability to benefit from the programmes offered and the capacity to succeed on those programmes.

They will consider all evidence offered by candidates who wish to establish that they satisfy these two criteria, further details are available in our Admissions Policy.


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

73rd / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2020

62nd / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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