Lancaster University

Lancaster, United Kingdom

No. Students: 12,100 No. of Academic staff: 1,500
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at Lancaster University

  • Top 10 - Lancaster University is ranked in the top ten universities in the UK, and consistently ranks in the top 1% internationally.
  • Nine colleges - We're one of a handful of collegiate universities in the UK. Your college will help you settle quickly into your studies and social life on campus.
  • Graduate prospects - Almost three-quarters of students at Lancaster get graduate level jobs (Higher Education Statistics Agency).
  • Investment - We've invested heavily into our campus since 2002, creating new academic facilities, great teaching spaces and student social facilities, including a state-of-the-art sports centre.
  • Vibrant city - Lancaster has been ranked as one of the top ten most vibrant cities in the UK according to the Experian Vibrancy Report.
  • World-class - 92% of our research is rated to be of an 'international standard'. You can be confident that youll be joining a world-class research institute.
  • Satisfied students - 9/10 Lancaster students said that they were satisfied with their course, according to the latest National Student Survey.
  • Study abroad - Study, work and volunteer opportunities exist in over 50 universities worldwide.


  • Postgraduate Open Day

Lancaster University is holding a Postgraduate Open Day on the 25th February 2015, with stands and talks from Arts and Social Sciences, Health and Medicine, Science and Technology and the Management School. Our open day gives you the opportunity to meet renowned researchers and lecturers in your field, and to discuss one-on-one the academic choices most relevant to you. During the day you'll also have the chance to take a tour of the Lancaster campus and view our award winning accommodation.

Places are limited, so please register online on time. You can find the registration link at the bottom of the profile, under section ''Relevant Links''.

  • A top ten university

Lancaster University is ranked in the top ten in the Guardian out of around 120 UK universities, and consistently highly placed across all major league tables.

  • Collegiate spirit

Over 12,000 students study on one of the safest campuses in the UK, in part owing to our communal college system. One of only a handful of 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 college dedicated to postgraduate students. Colleges are independent to a student's field of study, making for a lively, welcoming and diverse community where it's easy to make new friends with students of many nationalities.

  • Outstanding student satisfaction

Students at Lancaster University are among the most satisfied in the UK, with 9/10 final year undergraduates satisfied with their overall experience, placing Lancaster as the top university in the North West in the 2014 National Student Survey.

  • Investment in our students

Lancaster has seen over £450 million invested into the campus to create new academic facilities, student social facilities, and improved teaching spaces. The last five years have seen a new centre for the Creative Arts and brand new Sports Centre, with a state-of-the-art Engineering building nearly complete. We have confidence in our student accommodation, having won the National Student Housing award for 'Best University Halls' for five years running.

  • Supporting employability

Lancaster University has an award winning careers service and runs a wide range of initiatives to help students to increase their employability, including a professional agency for graduate recruitment; The Lancaster Award, a non-academic certificate; and indefinite careers support for alumni. Upon graduating, 93% of all Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months, and the Lancaster University alumni network totals over 100,000 alumni in 148 countries worldwide.


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

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.

Master's Programmes at Lancaster University

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Management Development Division

Innovation and Enterprise Unit

Department of Religious Studies

Department of Philosophy

Department of Organisation, Work and Technology

Department of Applied Social Science

Centre for Science Studies

Centre for North West Regional Studies

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