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University Of Central Lancashire

2018/19 edition

About University Of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, offers a high quality postgraduate experience, based on a culture of innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality, which will help you achieve your goals.

Our postgraduate taught programme have been 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 postgraduate portfolio including Master’s degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates in a wide variety of disciplines and delivered in a range of study modes, including full-time, part-time, elearning and block teaching options.

World-class teaching

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 the QS Stars Development Road Map, UCLan was awarded the maximum five stars for the quality of its teaching provision.

World-leading research at UCLan

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UCLan has been officially recognised as demonstrating elements of world-leading research in all 16 subject areas that were submitted to the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise. Nearly 49% of the research we submitted was assessed as being of world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) quality. We are proud of cultivating a research environment that delivers demonstrable benefits to industries, organisations and community groups.

Our research staff work with NASA on solar dynamics, the Government on sector-leading stroke research, industry-leaders on cutting-edge digital media projects, and in collaboration with the Football Association, Professional Golfers Association and International Olympic Committee on sport and exercise science research.

We have postgraduate research opportunities across many disciplines, including Master’s by research programmes, PhDs and professional doctorates. As a research student, you will work alongside our professors and research staff, who are often world leaders in their field of expertise.

Employability skills

Preparing and encouraging students to explore opportunities, show initiative and encourage ingenuity is a key component of UCLan’s culture.

As a result of our close links with a huge range of employers including BAE Systems, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Samsung, Cisco, the NHS and NASA, we understand what employers are looking – and we will help you develop the right skills, knowledge and experience. We support all our students in securing work on live projects from real companies, work experience, internships or workplace learning. UCLan’s Careers centre brings together advice on careers and work placements, employability and enterprise course electives, business start-up and self-employment services.

Global links

UCLan offers a truly global experience with students drawn from 120 nationalities and a partnership network that extends to 125 countries. For over 20 years UCLan has been operating overseas delivering high quality collaborative programmes through our international partnership network, and most recently via our international campus in Cyprus and strategic partnerships with Hebei University, China and UOM Enterprise, Mauritius.

Entrepreneurial University

Shortlisted for ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ in the 10th Times Higher Education Awards, we have developed new schemes which allow staff and students access to funding, commercial and legal support and training. UCLan is ranked second in the UK for the number of student start-up businesses and first in the UK for the number of business start-ups still trading after three years. UCLan’s new spin-out business is Alusid, which designs and manufactures a sustainable and unique material made from up to 100 percent recycled waste. Visit the Business at UCLAN page of our website for more information.

State-of-the-art facilities


In recent years, UCLan has invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities to enhance teaching, learning and leisure activities: the £13 million Olympic-standard Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre; the £12.5 million JB Firth building, which houses the University’s renowned forensic science, chemistry and fire engineering courses; the £5.3 million Allen Building which includes the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine; and the £15 million ‘Media Factory’ which incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students and business incubator facilities. A state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre, costing more than £30 million, is due to open on the Preston Campus in 2018.

Our award-winning library offers 24-hour access to computers and there is free Wi-Fi throughout the campus. We have a full range of support services for students including a one-stop student information centre; a free counselling service; a Medical Centre; a pre-school centre and a Multi-Faith Centre. Sport plays a major part in life at UCLan: we have nearly 50 teams in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league.


UCLan is in Preston in North West England, a rich and culturally diverse place to study. It is a buzzing, vibrant cosmopolitan city with a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars all within walking distance of the campus.

A £200 million Campus Masterplan is set to draw the city and campus even closer together, creating new green public spaces and improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. With traditional and contemporary shopping experiences, a thriving café culture and busy yet safe evening social scene, Preston also boasts beautiful parks, culturally-important museums and a thriving marina and docks area.

Visit our website for information about entry requirements, fees and finance, English language requirements and how to apply.

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