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University of Liverpool: Research Excellence

University of Liverpool

Research excellence

As one of the founding members of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led UK Universities, the University of Liverpool is a research focused and research intensive institution. Associated with 9 Nobel Prize winners, we are a global university with strategic collaborations and pioneering partnerships with research institutes, universities, governments and organisations across the world. These partnerships create a platform for research and teaching that brings together some of the greatest minds in the world to tackle some of the toughest challenges affecting our planet and society, to help improve lives worldwide.

At Liverpool, we offer our postgraduate researchers the opportunity to work with internationally recognised and renowned experts and research groups. Increasingly our research activity involves innovative and pioneering collaboration across subject specialisms as well as our collaborations with external national and international partner institutions. Our external partners provide us with an increased range of facilities and resources and ensure our postgraduate researchers are involved in cutting-edge developments in their fields.

Our research power has been ranked 20th in the UK’s most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Seven subjects are ranked in the Top 10 for 3* and 4* research excellence: Chemistry (2nd), Computer Science (1st) General Engineering (5th), Archaeology (5th), Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science (8th), Architecture (9th), and English (10th).

81% of the University’s research is ranked in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). 90% of the University’s research impact is considered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ and makes an enormous contribution to society.

To find out more about postgraduate research at the University of Liverpool, please visit:

Liverpool Doctoral College

Led by the Liverpool Doctoral College (LDC), postgraduate researchers are involved in cutting-edge developments in their fields and benefit from transformational training and development tailored to their needs. We offer unlimited potential for postgraduate researchers at all stages of their career and in many areas and disciplines, to become part of an institution that is renowned for maintaining the very best pioneering research. We attract exceptional students from across the world, who are keen to become active members of our thriving and vibrant LDC research community and study at the heart of world-leading research.

The University of Liverpool is recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as having one of England’s highest success rates in supervising students through to their doctoral award.

To find out more about the Liverpool Doctoral College please visit:

University of Liverpool: Research Excellence

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