The university was originally established in 1881 as University College, Liverpool, in response to a petition presented on behalf of the citizens of Liverpool, and gained university status in 1903.
Most of the university's buildings are located near the centre of Liverpool.
Normally General Certificate of Education (GCE), A levels or equivalents (eg. International Baccalaureate, Malaysian STPM, Hong Kong A levels). Each course has its own formal entry requirements, which may include literacy and numeracy components. An international foundation year is available to students from countries whose high school graduation standard falls short of GCE A level. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English, such as the British Council IELTS test.
The University is home to three faculties and 15 academic schools of study. These schools are: