The University of Central Lancashire
Postgraduate study at UCLan
At the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, our postgraduate programmes and research opportunities are underpinned by world-leading research, innovative approaches and real-world experience. Based in the heart of North West England, with excellent transport links, we offer state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly and supportive environment.
Our postgraduate taught programmes are designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level, and to ensure that you have the edge to succeed in your chosen career. You can choose from an extensive portfolio of postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of disciplines.
We offer full-time, part-time, elearning and block teaching options. Our professional development programmes offer excellent opportunities for businesses and those already working to acquire high level skills and knowledge.
World-class teaching and world-leading research
As a postgraduate student at UCLan, you will experience high-quality, research-informed teaching by dedicated and well-qualified academic staff, often experienced industry or professional practitioners themselves. In 2010, UCLan became the first modern university to enter the prestigious QS World University Rankings, and in a separate, more detailed analysis, the QS Stars Development Road Map, UCLan was awarded the maximum five stars for the quality of its teaching provision. UCLan offers a truly international experience - we have students and researchers from over 120 countries and over 125 partnerships with other institutions across the globe.
A focus on future employability is at the heart of our programmes- we work closely with employers, professional bodies and other organisations to ensure programme content keeps abreast of the latest industry and sector needs and that our graduates are well equipped for the challenges of the global marketplace. In many instances, our courses are accredited by the leading sector or professional bodies.
World-leading research with real-world impact
Research underpins everything we do at UCLan - in the recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, UCLan achieved 11 areas of research judged as 'world-leading' and many others rated as of international significance. Research informs the curriculum of our postgraduate programmes, and our teaching teams include professors and researchers who are leaders in their fields.
We also work with some of the top businesses and organisations in the UK and around the world in collaborative partnerships. We have a reputation for applying our research in real-world situations, to help develop innovative solutions and technologies that have real impact.
Our ground-breaking research covers a wide range of disciplines - read about some of our most eminent researchers:
Professor Caroline Watkins is head of UCLan's nurse-led stroke research unit - the only one of its kind in the UK - and advisor to the Department of Health. She has recently been made a Fellow of the European Stroke Organisation, for the decade of ground-breaking research she has undertaken at UCLan.
Professor Richard Taylor, a qualified barrister and winner of the Society of Legal Scholars prize for best conference paper, heads up UCLan's criminal law academic team and is author of a leading criminal law text used in high court decision-making.
Dr Roger Clowes is a member of our world-renowned astrophysics team. Working as part of a team of international astronomers, Dr Clowes recently discovered the largest structure in the Universe, a cluster of young galaxies stretching four billion light years across.
UCLan is in Preston in North West England, a rich and culturally diverse place to study, as well as being one of the UK's most reasonably-priced places to live. It is a buzzing, vibrant cosmopolitan city, with a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars, all within walking distance of the campus.
Good transport links mean the city is ideally placed for national and international travel: it is just over two hours from London by rail, one hour from Manchester and Liverpool, and their respective international airports, 20 minutes from the coast and one hour from the beautiful scenery of the Lake District.
UCLan has invested over £100 million in the past five years in new infrastructure, including the £12.5 million J B Firth building, designed to house the University's forensic science, chemistry and fire study and research facilities. Other landmark facilities include a School of Dentistry, which, when it opened its doors in September 2007, was one of only two new dental schools to be created in England for over 100 years, and the iconic Media Factory building, which incorporates leading-edge resources for digital media and performing arts students.
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