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Studying here is a privilege. It offers a remarkable student experience, advanced learning facilities and the Guild of Students which offers educational and extracurricular activities and opportunities. In my spare time I enjoy playing football, I’m a member of the Arab society, film society and engineering society. I love this city more and more.

Zayed Al-Salman, Iraq, BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

Entry requirements: which qualifications do you need?

Pathway programmes for applicants from Iraq

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.



Certificate of Preparatory Education

Students who have followed the national curriculum are advised to complete the Foundation Certificate at the University of Liverpool International College or an equivalent foundation programme.

A-levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma, SATs

Students offering A-levels, the International Baccalaureate Diploma or SATs can apply for direct entry to year one of undergraduate programmes.

Postgraduate Taught



Iraqi students holding a Bachelors degree can apply for a Masters programme. For most programmes we will be looking for an average of 67% or above from a recognised Iraqi university.

Postgraduate Research



Each application is assessed on its own merits, although students will be expected to hold both a Bachelors and a Masters degree with a percentage average of at least 67% in both programmes. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable.

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.

Where can I take my English language test?

Kurdistan Region

  • IELTS centre in Erbil, which is delivered by the British Council
  • TOEFL iBT is available in Sulaimany and Erbil. The American University in Sulaimany and Amid East Company in Erbil deliver the TOEFL courses


  • IELTS centre in Baghdad, which is delivered by the British Council
  • TOEFL iBT is available in Baghdad and Babylon

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries which provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses for eligible international students.

New from September 2024, check out our Advancement Scholarships. These offer fee discounts of up to £7,500 for eligible master's students and up to £5,000 for eligible undergraduate students.

Browse our full range of scholarships and bursaries.

Tuition fees and other costs

Fees for international applicants

To check the tuition fees for our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, select a course from our A-Z and go to the fees and funding section.

Other costs to be aware of:

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.

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.

Apply direct

Apply via UCAS for undergraduate programmes or directly to us for postgraduate programmes.

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