Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool - United Kingdom


With a history extending 168 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. As the only ecumenical university foundation in Europe the University’s work has been shaped by Christian principles but embraces those of all faiths and none.

The excellent academic record of our students is supported by  pastoral care and, as one of Britain's smaller universities, Liverpool Hope values the individual - in the words of Cardinal Newman knowing her children one by one. Care, concern and support for students are always a priority.

Liverpool Hope has two main teaching campuses. Hope Park is situated in a leafy suburb of Liverpool and is a mini educational village. The Creative Campus in Liverpool city centre is the home to our creative and performing arts subjects. Both campuses have seen major investment over the last five years, so traditional architecture now sits beside contemporary buildings and facilities.

The University places great emphasis on the bringing together of research excellence and top-quality teaching. This is facilitated by a community of academics and scholars who are of the highest calibre. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop into rounded and employable graduates who can take their place confidently as global citizens in the 21st century.

Liverpool Hope University pursues a path of excellence in scholarship and collegial life without reservation or hesitation. The University’s distinctive philosophy is to ‘educate in the round’ – mind, body and spirit – in the quest for Truth, Beauty and Goodness.

Liverpool Hope Now

We are proud of our rich heritage but we continue to look to the future as we invest in the University. In recent years we have celebrated the opening of the EDEN (Education and Enterprise) building at Hope Park and the Creative Campus goes from strength to strength. The beautiful Renaissance style garden is blossoming and has now won several design awards. The Capstone Theatre is launching its next season of theatre and music this September.

This summer, building work is underway to see even more changes on campus when our students return in September. This includes a new student social zone – Our Place –at Hope Park, a refurbished library which will include more group study areas, a new café and a vault for our special collection. The Creative Campus will also be changing with a new social area for students and a shop.

All of these changes serve to enhance the idea of Collegium and community at Liverpool Hope – something that has been at the heart of the University since its beginnings back is 1844.

Our History

It was then, almost 170 years ago, that our first founding colleges The Church of England’s Warrington Training College (1844) and the Sisters of Notre Dame’s Our Lady’s Training College (1856) were established to provide teacher education for women. A century later, Christ’s College was built opposite St. Katharine’s where Hope Park is today, admitting its first students in 1964.

By 1980, the colleges had joined to form an ecumenical federation – the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (LIHE). The late Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard wrote of this as being "a sign of hope" (Better Together).

LIHE later became a single, unified College and was given the new name of Liverpool Hope to represent the mission of the college. Liverpool Hope University was born in July 2005, when the Privy Council bestowed the right to use the University title. Research Degree Awarding Powers were granted by the Privy Council in 2009. 





Business School

Drama, Dance and Performance Studies

Education Studies


Fine and Applied Art 


Graduate Education

History and Politics 

Department of Law

Mathematics and Computer Science

Media and Communication



Social Science

Social Work, Care and Justice

School of Teacher Education

Sports and Health Sciences

Theology, Philosophy and Religion

English Requirements


IELTS 6.0 including a minimum of 6 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in speaking and listening

TOEFL ibt 75, including a minimum of 18 in reading and 17 in writing

Pearsons Test of English Academic 59 including a minimum of 59 in reading and writing, and 51 in speaking and listening


IELTS 6.5, including a minimum of 6 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in speaking and listening

TOEFL ibt 87 including a minimum of 18 in reading and 17 in writing

Pearsons Test of English Academic 65 including a minimum of 59 in reading and writing, and 51 in speaking and listening


Liverpool Hope University is committed to encouraging applications from international students with high academic qualifications who will benefit from study in the UK. Our generous programme of scholarships includes the International Postgraduate Scholarships and the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

International Postgraduate Scholarships‌

  • Open to Postgraduate Taught (Masters) offer holders.
  • Criteria for selection: applicants with high academics and demonstrable social and community involvement.
  • Worth 50% of course fees.
  • Five International Postgraduate Scholarships available annually.
  • Application form must be submitted and selection is by university committee.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (now closed for 2013/14 intake)

  • Provided by the Department for International Development and Liverpool Hope University, and administered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 3 awards are available for MSc Environmental Management, MA Peace Studies and MA Education (various pathways) for September 2014 entry.
  • Applicants must be from developing Commonwealth countries and fulfil the additional eligibility criteria as deemed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Committee prospectus - for full details of eligibility go to Information for CSS Candidates and download the Booklet for the 2014 Shared Scholarship Scheme. The scholar is selected by University Committee.
  • Worth tuition fees, return airfares and other allowances (funded by CSC) and monthly stipend (funded by Liverpool Hope University). 

International Scholar's Bursary

  • Open to Postgraduate Taught (Masters) offer holders.
  • This bursary is for £1,000.
  • Criteria for selection: those students who have received equivalent to UK 2:1 or above in their undergraduate degree as recognised by Liverpool Hope University.
  • Unlimited awards.
  • Award decisions will be made automatically upon receipt of application to study.

International University Partnership Bursary

  • Open to Postgraduate Taught (Masters) offer holders.
  • This bursary is for £500 off university accommodation.
  • This bursary is available to students who have studied at a Liverpool Hope University partner institution. (For a list of partner institutions please contact the International Unit.)
  • This bursary is only available on full tuition fees paid before 1st September for September intake or 1st December for January intake. The Early Bird Discount may also be awarded.
  • Unlimited awards.
  • Award decisions will be made automatically upon receipt of application to study.

International Undergraduate Excellence Bursary

  • Open to Undergraduate offer holders.
  • This bursary is for £500 off university accommodation.
  • Criteria for selection: students who were outstanding scholars during their pre-degree study.
  • Unlimited awards.
  • Award decisions will be made automatically upon receipt of application to 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 will be:

• 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.

The scholarship holders will also participate actively in the musical life of Liverpool Hope through our various choirs and orchestras which regularly perform at official University events and in the community.

Dr Laura Hamer, Head of Music at Liverpool Hope, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for nine very talented musicians to be given access to some of the best tuition available. In addition to this, our students will have wonderful opportunities to perform at the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral as well as to play a crucial role in our packed calendar of performances at the University.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the scholarships should contact Dr Laura Hamer, Head of Music,

MA Peace Studies Fee Waivers (now closed for 2013/14 intake)

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is pleased to be able to offer up to two fee waivers for applicants to the MA Peace Studies programme. Fee waivers will cover home or international fees and will be available for the September 2014 start.

We are looking for enthusiastic applicants who are willing to make a contribution to the Tutu Centre. Decisions will be made by the Steering Committee of the Tutu Centre.

Selection criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Contribution to a wider community
  • Interest in the Tutu Centre
  • Desire to engage with the Tutu Centre
  • Any other relevant professional experience.

Early Payment Discount

If you pay your tuition fees before the stated dates, you will receive an early payment discount. This gives you a substantial discount from your fees.

For September 2014 intake

  • £1,000 discount if you pay your full tuition fees before 1st September 2014

For January 2015 intake

  • £1,000 discount if you pay your full tuition fees before 1st December 2014

Valid for students on full Bachelors or Masters programmes only but not for packages and former Liverpool Hope University students.

Tution Fee


International Students Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2014/15: £10,800 per year.

Liverpool Hope University also offers a special package price of £13,200, which includes:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Accommodation
  • £900 Food Vouchers to be used at Food Outlets at Liverpool Hope University.

Students are also entitled to a further £500 off their Hope accommodation fees if they are from a recognised US partnership school, making their total package price £12,700.

Please Note: The deposit payment required for students choosing packages will be £4,000 not the normal £3,000 as other students will be asked to pay.

There are no other discounts available for the above package price programmes.

Postgraduate Taught


Please visit our International Postgraduate Tuition Fees 2014/15 page to ascertain which price group your subject falls into.

  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3

Standard Postgraduate Fee

Early payment discount available (see below)

£8,400 £9,800 £12,600

Former Hope Student*

No early payment discount available

£4,600 £6,000 £9,800

Former Hope Student who gained 1st or 2:1*

No early payment discount available

£3,600  £5,000  £8,800 

 Special Package Price**

No early payment discount available

 £9,800 £11,400  £14,200