University profile

Lancaster University

2015/16 edition

About Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Lancaster University ranks as one of the UK’s top 10 universities, situated close to the city of Manchester and the Lake District National Park.

Our high quality research feeds into our high quality teaching. The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework confirmed Lancaster as a world-leading research university. We offer a wealth of both taught and research study options across a wide range of subject areas, designed to broaden your academic learning and realise your career aspirations.
We are a leading collegiate university with a supportive student environment, and have seen over £500m invested into the campus since 2003 to create new academic facilities, student social facilities, and improved teaching spaces, with a further £200m planned over the next four years.

LUMS: Lancaster University Management School

Lancaster University Management School is the leading research intensive Management School in the UK, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes both full-time and part-time. In addition to our taught degrees, we welcome applications for our PhD programmes.

For more than 30 years we have worked with organisations to design world class executive and leadership development programmes, and in recent years we’ve helped over 2,500 SMEs to grow their businesses.

We are top in the UK for research power in Business and Management Studies according to the most recent Research Excellence Framework, undertaking groundbreaking research that’s making its mark on business, industry and the wider community.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of the leading faculties of its kind in the UK, comprised of nine departments and twenty research centres staffed by renowned scholars. We place an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and encourage collaboration, giving students access to expert teaching and research support and training from across the Faculty.

Many of our subjects rank amongst the best in the world, such as Linguistics, positioned in the international top ten. Our reputation for research excellence is also shown by the high place we have achieved in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, coming top in the UK for research impact in Theology, and with our Sociology department coming first overall.

The School of Health and Medicine

Lancaster’s School of Health and Medicine is a world class research environment, ranked joint first in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, receiving a perfect 100% score for investment in staff and facilities, research income and collaboration.

While preserving traditional disciplinary strengths, we bring together researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, encouraging interaction between specialties for a modern approach to health and medical research. We also enjoy strong links with the NHS and social care partners, health industries and the voluntary sector.

Our research interests focus around six main themes: ageing, biostatistics and epidemiology, cancer, infectious disease, mental health, and public health.

The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers a range of innovative postgraduate courses, taught by leading researchers, alongside discipline-spanning research opportunities. For example, the Faculty's three flagship interdisciplinary centres - the Lancaster Environment Centre, the Postgraduate Statistics Centre and InfoLab21- respectively provide world-class facilities with built-in industrial links to our biological, environmental and geographical science, mathematical and statistical science, and computing and communication science staff and students.
Close relationships with industrial partners and with UK research councils allow for dedicated financial support for our postgraduates in certain areas.

Engineering, Physics and Psychology are also housed within the Faculty, whose collaborative links with Lancaster's other Faculties allow students' research and teaching to span the natural, life and social sciences.

Life at Lancaster

The university is located at the southern edge of the City of Lancaster, which has everything you'd expect - from shops to nightlife - with excellent transport links, a low cost of living and genuinely friendly residents thrown in too. It's within easy reach of Liverpool and Manchester yet also of pure, unspoilt countryside such as the Lake District. So many of our students choose to stay and settle in the area, and we think that's the best proof of all that Lancaster really is special.


As a postgraduate you will become a member of Graduate College, which forms a diverse and cosmopolitan community on Alexandra Park, located on the south-western edge of the campus. Graduate College houses almost 1000 students in its new accommodation. Typically there will be six to eight rooms grouped around each kitchen with a majority of the rooms being en-suite.

To find out more about the application process and to submit an application, please use our online postgraduate admissions portal.

Contact details

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Postgraduate Admissions Office
01524 592030
01524 592030