NEW: Year Abroad is now open to students on certain degree programmes. 

Are you studying Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences or Physics and starting your degree in September 2019? Depending on your degree programme, you may be eligible to have the adventure of a lifetime and take the Year Abroad during your degree. See the list at the bottom of the page for which degree programmes are eligible.

What is the Year Abroad?

The Year Abroad is an incredible new opportunity to spend one academic year at one of our partner universities expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You’ll take this time abroad in between your second and third years of study and your degree will extend by one year, so, for example, a standard 3 year BSc programme will take 4 years. You’ll have your time abroad recognised in your degree title too, to help you stand out in the employment market after graduation.

View the table below for a summary of the Year Abroad programme:

DurationDoes it add time to my degree?Will I study modules from my subject area?Will it count towards my degree?
1 academic year Yes - degree extended by 1 year Some modules will be related to the culture, history and society of the country you’re living in and others will be discipline-related modules. No - it's marked on a pass/fail basis

You’ll take a mixture of modules while you are abroad, as mentioned in the table above. This mixture means you have a fantastic opportunity to learn in-depth about your host country as well as learn new and exciting knowledge that will complement your degree studies back in Liverpool.

How will it fit in to my degree?

  • The Year Abroad is marked on a pass/fail basis, so won't count towards your final degree mark (although the mark you achieve for each module will appear on your transcript)
  • Your degree will extend by one year if you participate in the Year Abroad, e.g. extending a 3 year programme to a 4 year programme
  • The title of your degree would change to 'Subject' with a Year Abroad (e.g. Bsc Physics with a Year Abroad)
  • If you don't pass the Year Abroad, you'll revert to your original programme and the year will be discounted when calculating your final classification.

Why should I take a Year Abroad?

Research by Universities UK tells us that students who spend time studying abroad during their degree programme are more likely to be in further education or employment 6 months after graduating, earn higher salaries and are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree.

Where will I be able to study on the Year Abroad

Opportunites will be available in our carefully chosen partner universities around the world, including Australia and Canada.

How do I apply for the Year Abroad?

You can apply for the Year Abroad through UCAS or you can apply once you arrive in Liverpool, during your second year of study. The UCAS code for each programme “with a Year Abroad” is listed in the table, below. 

Am I guaranteed a Year Abroad?

We want to make sure that you’ll thrive whilst abroad, so there are some academic requirements. In order to progress onto the Year Abroad, you’ll need to maintain a 60% average in both your first and second year, with no fails or re-sits in your second year. You will only be allocated a Year Abroad place if you meet the academic requirements and sufficient places at our partner universities are available.

Who can apply for a Year Abroad?

The Year Abroad will be available with the following degree programmes: 

DepartmentCourseUCAS Code
Electrical Engineering and Electronics

Avionic Systems BEng   

Avionic Systems MEng

Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng

Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng

Mechatronics and Robotic Systems BEng

Mechatronics and Robotic Systems MEng








Chemistry BSc

Chemistry MChem

Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology MChem

Medicinal Chemistry BSc

Chemistry for Sustainable Energy MChem 






Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics BSc

Mathematics MMath

Mathematics and Statistics BSc

Mathematics with Finance BSc

Actuarial Mathematics BSc

Mathematical Physics MMath

Physics and Mathematics BSc

Theoretical Physics MPhys 










Physics BSc

Physics MPhy

Physics with Astronomy BSc

Astrophysics MPhys

Physics with Medical Applications BSc

Physics with Nuclear Science BSc