As a departure point for millions of emigrants to the USA, the relationship between Liverpool and America spans hundreds of years. Rich in history, Liverpool embraces newcomers and offers the wonderful combination of university prestige and cultural capitol. Notable alumni include Wendy Beetlestone, who was nominated to be a US Federal Judge in 2014.

I enjoy the incredible mix of people, the friendly smiles from my peers, and the way my courses have brought so many people together.

Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson, USA, MA Media and Communication

Entry requirements: which qualifications do you need?


The UK and US Higher Education systems are very similar, with only two main differences:


Undergraduate students take nearly all of their courses in their major right from the start of their course. At graduate level, programmes continue to be more specialised than in the US. For example, whereas US students might follow a Masters degree in English Literature, Liverpool programmes focus on a particular area such as Victorian Literature.

Shorter duration

Completing a UK Bachelor degree usually takes only three years. A Masters degree typically lasts for one full year. PhD programmes are usually three years in length.

Entry requirements


If you’re studying in an American high school, we'd typically look for the following qualification to meet our entry requirements: 

High school graduation diploma with a GPA of 3.0 plus one of the following: 

  • 3 AP exams (grades 4, 4, 4 to 5, 5, 5)
  • 2 AP exams (grades 4 and/or 5) and another externally-assessed qualification (e.g. an IB higher level certificate)
  • 2 AP exams (grades 4 and/or 5) and an Honors/College level class (grade B+ or higher).

Where there is a subject requirement at A Level, we require an AP in this subject.

Students offering a good GPA after completing the first year of an undergraduate course at an American university can also be considered for first year entry for selected courses at the University of Liverpool.


Postgraduate Taught

Students offering a bachelor's degree from an American university are welcome to apply for a master's programme. For most programmes we look for a GPA of at least 3.0.

Postgraduate Research

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. 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

Applicants from your country are assumed to meet all minimum English language requirements. You won’t need any language qualifications to study here or apply for a visa.


We offer a generous range of scholarships and awards for international students. These include:

Browse the full range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research scholarships.

Scholarships available to applicants from your country:

US Loans and Funding

*Please note that the University of Liverpool is not open for Fulbright Applications in 2020/21*

If you are a student from the USA, the University of Liverpool will support you with obtaining financial aid from your home country. The University of Liverpool participates in the William D Ford Program.  Find our more about financial aid for US students.


Tuition fees and other costs

Other costs to be aware of:

How to apply

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

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