University profile

Lancaster University

2024/25 edition

About Lancaster University

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Studying at Lancaster is all about broadening your horizons, finding new perspectives and discovering new experiences. You will get to be part of a community that stretches beyond our campus and right around the world. By living and studying with students and staff from over 130 countries, you will be joining a global community and have the opportunity to make some international connections of your own.

We are proud to be ranked Top 15 in the three major UK league tables – The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Guide. We are also 122nd in the QS World University Rankings 2024 (Listed as 122nd out of 1,500 universities around the world in the latest QS global league table, Lancaster remains the highest-ranked non-Russell Group institution in England).

Lancaster is a research-intensive university and our outstanding reputation attracts some of the brightest minds from around the world. Our academic staff are experts within their respective fields and work on a philosophy of research-led teaching giving students access to a high quality learning experience.

Postgraduate Programmes

We offer taught and research postgraduate programmes in a range of areas across our four faculties::

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Management School
  • Science and Technology

The campus and city

The Lancaster University campus in North-West England occupies a beautiful 560-acre green site, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre. Across the campus, we offer exceptional learning facilities, from the labs and lecture theatres in our faculties, to the multi-million pound sports centre and outstanding library facilities. On joining the University you become part of Graduate College providing a student community and support. There are a vast array of other facilities on campus including shops, cafes, restaurants and hairdressers. The campus has its own nursery and family accommodation. A short bus ride or cycle will take you from our campus into the heart of Lancaster – a city full of character and culture. It’s a city without the sprawl, compact enough to walk around and small enough to hold onto a friendly personality. But there’s also everything you’d expect from a modern city, with plenty to see and do, from busy shops and a vibrant nightlife to cultural attractions and beautiful parks.

Research at Lancaster

The quality, reach and significance of research produced in Lancaster University's vibrant research environment is world leading. Research is undertaken in each of our faculties with much of this being interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. Lancaster’s outstanding reputation attracts some of the brightest minds from all over the world, and our degree programmes are taught by experts giving students access to a high quality learning experience.

91% of Lancaster's research has been independently rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality and impact of research in UK universities across all subjects. Lancaster is 21st overall out of 157 institutions ranked by Times Higher Education. This places Lancaster above 8 Russell Group universities for research quality. The results combine with Lancaster's strengths in teaching and investment in the student experience to reflect our distinctive university community, able to excel in teaching and research.

Careers and employability

The Careers Team at Lancaster help students to develop the skills they need to succeed. With connections to global graduate recruiters, high growth businesses and employers across every sector Lancaster can help you find your place in the world of work.


At Lancaster, we are committed to financially supporting as many of our students as we can, with scholarships available for both UK and international students. Find out more about the financial support we offer on our dedicated scholarships page.

Contact details

+44 (0)1524 65201
Lancaster University