University profile

University of Cumbria

2017/18 edition

About University of Cumbria


Whether you’re looking to better understand your subject, make a decisive career move or turn your passion into real world opportunities, postgraduate study at the University of Cumbria will help you meet your ambitions. Offering a diverse portfolio of postgraduate programmes over multiple campuses, with award-winning student support on hand, you’ll find dedicated tuition and supervision for further study, and the guidance of experienced teachers and practitioners.


Drawing together the major colleges and institutes from across the region, the University of Cumbria was established in 2007, but has a history of teaching and learning that traces its roots right back to 1822. It has a particularly strong pedigree in teacher and healthcare training, and a growing reputation for postgraduate study delivering outstanding prospects for employability.


In addition to Masters courses, the University of Cumbria offers postgraduate certificates and diplomas, professional graduate certificates and university awards as well as PhD and MPhil research-based awards. Visit our website to learn more about the full range of courses available.

Study your way

Study on campus or choose a distance learning route. The University of Cumbria’s campuses are in Carlisle, Lancaster, Ambleside, London, Barrow in Furness, and Workington. Find out what courses are offered where. Please note not all courses and routes are offered at all campuses.

“One of the best things about the course was distance learning. I was able to go at my own pace at times to suit me and my family.” Brenda Crossley, PgC Academic Practice.

Leading university

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You can be sure of the quality of your postgraduate experience. The University of Cumbria was best or equal best in the sector for teaching and learning, student support, personal development and assessment and feedback according to the National Student Survey 2014. They were also rated best university for support services in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2014.

“I enjoyed the way of teaching. Learning from practical experiences and combining it with academic knowledge was very rewarding.” Mohammad Rashed Kahan, MBA.

Fees, funding and costs

Information on postgraduate fees is available on the university’s website, along with details of funding opportunities available.


The University of Cumbria in the North-West of England sits in one of the most beautiful areas of the United Kingdom. Campuses in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster offer bags of character and history, with loads to do in the towns, cities and famously picturesque countryside nearby. The University also has smaller sites in Barrow, Workington and London.

The North West campuses also benefit from excellent transport links, with direct rail services to major UK cities and Manchester International Airport within easy reach.

More information on the campus cities and towns can be found here.


Lucy Knowles undertook her PgD Youth and Community Development Work at the University of Cumbria to help her progress as a youth worker with Lancashire County Council. She is now working in New Zealand as a Youth Transition Co-ordinator and Youth Development Project Manager.

“I can say the course definitely helped change my life. It gave me the vital knowledge to be able to mentor others, conduct practice overseas better and gave me opportunities to work in different settings over the year.”

Apply today

The University of Cumbria welcomes your application, or any queries you have about postgraduate study with them.

Apply for your course today, come and find out more at an open day, or get in touch via their website.

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