Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom
Lancaster University is an internationally highly-ranked leader in the provision of inspiring teaching and research. Located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England, the University places great emphasis on a strong student experience and employability and gives students access to academics who are experts in their field.
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Why should I study here at Lancaster University?


Lancaster is ranked top ten in the Guardian League table and is consistently highly placed in all major league tables. This latest result comes shortly after Lancaster was announced to be the highest placed UK university in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking of the world's best young universities. Ranked 10th, a climb of 4 places, Lancaster is the highest ranked of only 14 UK universities to be listed.


Students at Lancaster University are among the most satisfied in the UK according to the 2015 National Student Survey, in which the University achieved 91% on the overall satisfaction score, placing it firmly amongst the top 10 UK universities.

130,000 ALUMNI

Lancaster University has an alumni network of over 130,000 alumni in 183 countries worldwide.


Summer 2011 saw the opening of our brand new £20m Sports Centre, ranked sixth in the THE Student Experience Survey 2015.


97% of Lancaster University graduates have gone into work or further study within six months of graduating.


Lancaster University is a member of the N8 Group (which focuses on five areas of research: Ageing and Health; Energy; Molecular Engineering; Regenerative Medicine and Water) a research partnership of the top 8 most research intensive universities in the North of England.


More than £450m has been invested into the campus since 2002, creating new academic facilities, student social facilities and improved teaching space. We have award winning eco-residences, opened a £10m centre for the Creative Arts in 2010, and a brand new home for Engineering.


We have over 12,000 students across one of the safest campuses in the UK.


As one of the few collegiate universities in the UK we welcome each student to one of our colleges on campus. In addition to our eight undergraduate colleges, we have one dedicated to our postgraduate students.

About Lancaster University

Lancaster is one of only a handful of universities with a collegiate system which has helped to forge a strong sense of identity and loyalty, and continues to be a distinctive feature of student life at Lancaster.

Students from one hundred countries make up a thriving community based around our nine colleges, creating a culturally diverse campus in a location that boasts the combination of city, coast and countryside.

Lancaster's community extends far beyond the campus with research, teaching and student exchange partnerships with leading universities and institutions in 24 countries around the world.

Lancaster's journey has been a remarkable one, and it is now amongst the top one per cent of universities in the world, with an ambitious strategic plan.


Research Principles

The statement of principles below summarises Lancaster Universitys approach for developing our research-led environment.

Lancaster University aims to:

  • Produce world-leading research which has beneficial impacts on the economy, society, culture, policy, health and the environment.
  • Produce research that positively influences academic thinking globally, shaping academic areas of research throughout the world.
  • Collaborate internationally with the best researchers around the world, in universities and in non-academic organisations.
  • Educate postgraduate and undergraduate students in a research-led environment, producing a world class student experience that is informed by the research expertise of the University.
  • Develop our academic staff and postgraduate research students in a nurturing research environment.
  • Ensure disciplinary and interdisciplinary research thrives, ensuring that traditional academic boundaries never inhibit our research thinking.
  • Shape our research priorities by the challenges that society faces globally.
  • Bring the best academics to the University, as employees and as visitors.
  • Invest in our research environment ensuring that our academics and research students have access to world class facilities.
  • Ensure our world class facilities are sustainable, including through collaboration and partnership.
  • Conduct our research to high ethical standards, and share the outcomes of our research in line with the principles of open access and open data.

Accreditations of Lancaster University

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is in the top 1% of business schools in the world to hold triple accreditation. Being triple accredited is a recognition of the quality of everything we do from the three most influential business school accreditation bodies (AACSB, EQUIS and the Association of MBAs).

Lancaster's Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and laboratory techniques associated with Biomedical Science.

Where appropriate, Lancaster Engineering MEng degrees are accredited by the IET and IMechE in compliance with the Engineering Council UK academic requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

RSC (Royal Society of Chemists) accreditation will come into effect for all of our Chemistry degrees from the end of the academic year 2015/16. This accreditation will retroactively apply to students graduating since the launch of the Chemistry department in October 2013.



At Lancaster, we support and guide you in becoming an independent learner. You can choose to study in our 24 hour library which is host to more than 1 million books, 1,100 Wi-Fi enabled reader places, and 250 PCs and laptops to access a wide range of resources, or visit our state-of-the-art Learning Zone day or night to work as a group in one of nine study pods equipped with interactive technology. Arts students can also take advantage of the University's 24 hour dedicated theatre performance and art studio spaces.


Lancaster University is number one in the North-West for graduate employment. Our careers services, Students' Union and academic faculties all work together to give you the broadest, most responsive employability support possible. We offer one-to-one and group careers guidance from our professionally qualified team of Careers Consultants, host Careers Opportunity Fairs which attract 100+ exhibitors, and hold career insight workshops for specific sectors. Lancaster's careers service is unique in that our services are available to alumni indefinitely.


Our Student Services and Students' Union provide specialist information, advice and guidance on academic and non-academic issues to complement the support on offer from your college. Services include counselling and mental health services; disability, international and general welfare advice; a multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre; an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rated pre-school centre; and an on-campus healthcare centre, pharmacy and dental clinic.


Lancaster University is a vibrant centre for culture, with venues including the Peter Scott Gallery, which hosts a varied programme of exhibitions and talks by contemporary artists; the Nuffield Theatre, the largest black box theatre in Europe; and the Ruskin Library, which houses the worlds largest collection of material by the writer and artist John Ruskin.


The University has just invested in a brand new £20m sports centre on campus, with facilities including a 100 station fitness suite, a 25 metre 8 lane swimming pool, and an 8.5 metre climbing wall and bouldering cave designed with input from renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington. Within our 360 acres of campus we have plenty of space for a quick game of tennis, the inter-college rugby tournament, or just a stroll along our Woodland Trail.

Student life at Lancaster University

There are over 200 activity groups and sports teams on campus for students to get involved with, and our Students' Union (LUSU) also provides support for students to set up new groups. Each year the university participates in an inter-varsity competition with York University called ''Roses'' competing across activities ranging from football to frisbee, and basketball to baking.

The city has a diverse nightlife, and The Students' Union owns the largest nightclub in the town centre, The Sugarhouse, guaranteeing a safe, fair, and fun night for up to 1350 students. Each college on campus also has its own recreational space and bar, meaning that you don't have to travel far to meet friends.

Lancaster is one of the UK's most vibrant cities with a thriving arts scene. The city centre is home to a number of theatres, museums and cinemas and hosts its own music festival every October, with live music across the city all year round. The city is also a great spot to shop, with all the high street names you'd expect next to an eclectic mixture of independent stores selling anything from vintage clothing to comic books, and a market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Only an hour from the stunning natural beauty of the Lakes, the city is full of history, with Lancaster Castle now open to public for viewings since being retired as a prison in 2011. In the beautiful Williamson Park, the famous Ashton Memorial offers spectacular views of the coast and surrounding area.

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Master's Programmes at Lancaster University

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Management Development Division

Department of Religious Studies

Department of Philosophy

Department of Organisation, Work and Technology

Department of European Languages and Cultures

Department of Communication Systems

Department of Applied Social Science

Centre for Training and Development

Centre for Science Studies

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Lancaster University!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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