Liverpool combines a warm welcome to Chinese students with the prestige of a Russell Group university. The city has a long relationship with China and is home to Europe's oldest Chinese community. Many of our alumni China achieve great success and hold leadership roles in China and Hong Kong. Liverpool alumnus Dong Jianhua was Hong Kong's first Chief Executive.
I enjoy my university and student life in Liverpool. I love the diversity of people here. I am always learning new things about different countries and cultures.
Entry requirements: which qualifications do you need?
Pathway programmes for applicants from China
Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, so you may need further preparation before you can start university here. Pathway programmes provide an entry route for international students whose qualifications do not meet our entry requirements.
After successfully completing your Foundation Certificate or pre-Master’s programme, you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course. Pathway programmes are offered through the University of Liverpool International College.
Students who have completed 12 years of education (Gao Zhong) in China must complete a Foundation Programme or GCE A Level (or equivalent) and demonstrate proficiency in English language in order to progress on to an undergraduate degree programme. Please note that students who have taken the Chinese University Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) in China are also required to complete a Foundation Programme.
The University of Liverpool has an embedded college on campus, the University of Liverpool International College, providing Foundation Certificate programmes which prepares students for undergraduate study. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Certificate, obtaining the grades required for their chosen degree programme, will be guaranteed admission to the University.
Students taking GCE A-level (or equivalent qualifications) should apply through UCAS.
Students who have completed 12 years of education (Gao Zhong) in China and who have taken Aptitude Scholastic Tests (ASTs) are eligible to be considered for direct entry to the first year on some undergraduate programmes. Students will be expected to achieve minimum scores of 200/300 in at least two AST tests in subject areas relevant to the degree course as appropriate. Where specific A Level subjects are required for entry to a course an AST in this subject will be compulsory. Applicants should also achieve a minimum of 80% overall in their senior secondary school certificate.
Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international university jointly founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University China and the University of Liverpool UK as a joint venture. The University offers undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of science, engineering and management, and awards both its own Chinese degree and a degree from the University of Liverpool. Students at XJTLU can transfer to Liverpool for the final two years at the University through a 2+2 articulation route.
Students who have studied one year undergraduate programme from a recognised Chinese university may be considered for direct entry to the first year on some undergraduate programmes. If students have studied more than two years on an undergraduate programme from a recognised Chinese university, they may be considered for direct entry to the second year. However, we strongly advise you to check this with the Admissions of the relevant programme before making the application.
Entry requirements differ between courses but generally taught master's applications with a bachelor's degree from a recognised Chinese university, with overall average academic grades between 75% to 85% (depending on the level of Chinese university), will be considered for admissions onto taught masters programmes. Please note that the University of Liverpool Management School does not accept degrees from Tier 3 institutions.
Please refer to the entry requirements tab of individual programmes for further guidance. Visit our postgraduate pages to find out more about applying to the University.
Students who do not meet the entry requirements stated above and students who hold a three-year diploma (Da Zhuan) from a recognised Chinese university with good grades, may be eligible for the University’s pre-Master's Programme delivered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College. This programme prepares students for master's level study both academically and linguistically. Students who successfully complete the pre-master's programme, obtaining the grades required for their chosen master's degree, will be guaranteed admission to the University. Applicants from China should contact the University of Liverpool International College for admission to the pre-master's Programme at UOLIC.
Important notice for University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) and Department of Computer Science Entry 2022 onwards:
If you will complete or have completed your Bachelor Degree programme fully or partially in China and seek to apply for a Postgraduate Taught Degree programme at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) or Department of Computer Science, you will need to submit your Triage Service Number with your online application. You can obtain the Triage Service Number by accessing our WeChat account (search for ‘ApplyLiverpool’).
Applicants with an undergraduate bachelor's degree with a minimum grade of 80% or a master degree from a recognised Chinese university will be considered for postgraduate research programmes of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
As the research programmes involve individual supervision, we would like to recommend the applicant makes initial enquiries with the potential supervisors or the relevant Department or School first. Please note that a research proposal is essential in submitting the application.
Each research degree lists the English language requirements you'll need to apply.
English language requirements
To study at the University of Liverpool, you’ll need to demonstrate you can speak English. If you need a visa to study in the UK, evidence of competency in English is required to secure your visa.
We offer a generous range of scholarships and awards for international students. These include:
- Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship (undergraduate)
- Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship (postgraduate)
- University of Liverpool First Class Scholarship
- Postgraduate Progression Award
Scholarships available to applicants from your country:
Tuition fees and other costs
Fees for international applicants
How to apply
Apply using an agent in your country
An agent can help you apply. They’ll provide advice on choosing and applying for a degree, getting visas and finding accommodation.
- Amber Education Services Ltd
- EIC Group
- Global Education Alliance Ltd
- Golden Arrow Group
- Index Education Services
- JJL Overseas Education Consulting & Service Co. Ltd
- New Oriental Education
- UK Education Centre (UKEC)
- Wiseway International Co. Ltd
- Shinyway Education
- UKEAS China
- Study International UK Ltd
- iHorizon Group (HK) Ltd
- Ying Fan Education
- InterGreat Education Group Ltd
- Univision Ltd
- Huatong Xinnuo International Cultural Exchange Centre Ltd (IAE China)
- Power Academy Co Ltd
- Shanghai YouYue Education Consultancy Ltd
- Uway International Education Center
Already studying in the UK?
If you’re already studying in the UK, these representatives can advise and guide you on applying for a course.
- Oxbridge Consulting
- EDM Education
- HR Consultants
- IDP Education
- Intake Education
- Education Care
- JNS Education Consultant
- Qobolak for Commercial Services
- Study International UK(SI-UK)
- WIN Education Service (Operating as Westminster International)
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