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Spotlight on Liverpool: a sciences powerhouse

28 Sep 2020 - Victoria Williams

The University of Liverpool is an academic powerhouse in the sciences, both in teaching and research. The University boasts some of the best science facilities in the UK, and according to The Times, its new teaching laboratories are said to be Europe’s most advanced.

It also ranks highly across a number of scientific fields:

13th in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology

Complete University Guide 2021

8th in the UK for Chemistry

Complete University Guide 2021

19th in the UK for Physics

Guardian University Guide 2021

Across the scientific field, the University of Liverpool is leading the way with teaching and research-based degrees. Its cutting-edge teaching laboratories are advancing scientific discoveries and breakthroughs that could change the world.

International students at undergraduate or postgraduate level can benefit from these exceptional facilities, as well as from the incredibly broad range of science degrees on offer, from studies in Earth and Marine Sciences (ranked 26th in the Guardian University Guide 2021) to Animal Science (ranked 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Scientists at the University of Liverpool are committed to making a positive impact on life and technology. As an international student, you can benefit from the teaching expertise of staff and the research-driven learning environment on offer.

We’ve put together just a few of the many amazing scientific projects happening at the University of Liverpool.

Spotlight on Liverpool science degrees


Studying seabirds

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s School of Environmental Sciences have been given a £1 million grant to research how seabirds use infrasound to navigate.

Infrasound is sound below 20 Hz, making it too low for humans to hear. It is already known that large mammals such as elephants use infrasound to communicate across long distances. Scientists at the University now want to find out if seabirds use infrasound to help them navigate across thousands of kilometres of ocean.

Researchers will be comparing the routes seabirds follow with oceanic infrasound and biological maps of the seas. The project will bring scientists and academics together from across many fields, all in the hope that they can solve one of nature’s biggest mysteries: how do animals navigate over such large distances?

Marvellous molecules

Chemists at the University of Liverpool have found molecular ‘treasure maps’ which could help to discover new materials.

Using advanced computer modelling, researchers put together maps of how molecules assemble and form new materials. Each molecule can lead to many new structures, and, as a result, could speed up the discovery of materials in fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, pollution control and energy.

The research took place at the University’s pioneering Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), and was the result of the close partnership between the University of Liverpool and international business Unilever. The MIF has state-of-the-art machinery for testing materials worth £10 million, and is open to scientific researchers from across the globe.

Physics prestige

The University of Liverpool’s internationally-renowned research and development department is conducting research projects in collaboration with many leading laboratories. One collaboration is with Swiss research organisation CERN, famous for being the birthplace of the internet and home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.

The University’s physicists play key roles in research experiments, ranging from projects in nanoscience and biophysics, to the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, crucial to our understanding of Physics.

Study at Liverpool

These research studies are just a few of the many exciting projects taking place at the University of Liverpool. International students benefit from the University’s research, even when they aren’t directly involved with it, as it improves the quality of teaching and student learning experience. Students can also benefit from the University’s renowned excellence in the field of science and its world-leading facilities.

Find out more about the University of Liverpool, and how you can progress to a science degree from University of Liverpool International College.


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