- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- In just over 50 years Lancaster has firmly established itself among the UK's elite universities with world leading research, excellent teaching and career prospects and a beautiful campus with award-winning facilities.
Location and Transport
- Based on a 360-acre parkland site, the campus is located a short distance from the vibrant and historic city of Lancaster and on the edge of the Lake District National Park.
- Easy access to Manchester and Liverpool to the south, and the Lake District just to the north.
- Two and a half hours to London by train.
- Regular bus service and cycle track to the university from Lancaster.
- Average of 340 UCAS tariff points from best 3 A levels.
- Read more about entry requirements at Lancaster University on our website.
The 12,965 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 71%
- Postgraduate 29%
Mode of study
- Full Time 88%
- Part Time 12%
- UK 66%
- EU 10%
- Other 24%
- Male 50%
- Female 50%
Opportunities to go abroad during your Lancaster degree include:
- Subject-related two week visits in the Easter vacation, currently to USA or Malaysia.
- Three week cultural exchange visits in September (summer vacation) to China, Ghana, India or Malaysia.
- One year and one semester study periods in North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Discover the benefits of our:
- focus on independent study
- philosophy of research-led teaching
- feedback and assessment approach
- virtual learning environment.
A new way of studying
- Our main teaching approach is through independent study. This means you take responsibility for your own learning and performance whilst delivering work within set timescales. This will feel different at first, with less contact than you are used to, but don't worry – our college tutor system and teaching staff are there to support and guide you as you make the transition.
- This approach develops strong research skills and the ability to make sense of new material quickly, while improving communication skills.
Experts in their field
- All members of our academic staff are current experts within their respective fields and work on a philosophy of research-led teaching.
- Our research culture results in pioneering contributions that translate into an active and stimulating environment for you to learn in.
- The way we mark your work will feel different too. We give you feedback and assessment of essays, projects, presentations and problem sheets, to ensure you progress and develop for the duration of your degree.
- Lancaster University’s research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which assesses the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all subjects.
- Lancaster is ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research out of the 128 institutions listed and 18th in the UK overall.
- 83% of Lancaster’s research is 'internationally excellent and world leading'.
- 35% of Lancaster’s research is 'world leading'.
Some key areas of research are ranked particularly highly:
- Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster has been ranked 3rd overall and ranked top in the UK for research impact.
- Business and Management – 1st in the UK at Lancaster when ranked for research power and 1st for the number of research active staff, showing LUMS to be the leading research intensive management school in the UK.
- Sociology ranked 3rd for world leading research and 2nd for research impact.
- Maths and Statistics ranked 5th overall and 3rd for research impact.
- Computing and Communications is ranked 7th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research and 12th overall.
- English Language and Literature has been ranked 3rd in terms of research power, behind only Oxford and Cambridge.
- The growing reputation of Lancaster is reflected by high rankings year-on-year in each of the UK's major university league tables. Lancaster has been ranked as the best value for money university in England and is located in one of the UK's top 10 most vibrant cities.
- Students at Lancaster University are more satisfied with their course than the average UK student according to the latest National Student Survey. Overall, 91% of final year students at Lancaster say they were satisfied with their course. These results reflect the dedication of staff who work hard to ensure that every student who comes here will receive the very best education.
- Lancaster graduates are performing well in what is an increasingly competitive job market. Through the work of our Careers staff and new initiatives such as the Lancaster Award, which helps students communicate to future employers their skills and accomplishments such as voluntary work, we aim to enhance our students' future career prospects.
- A superb brand new library has opened where you’ll find 220 new, fast PCs; high speed wi-fi; 27 bookable group study rooms for students; loanable laptops; and print, scan and copy facilities on every floor.
- A 24-hour student learning space at the centre of the campus provides students with flexible learning environments and social space with up-to-date technology.
- The university offers excellent college, bar and student social space.
- Our vibrant campus is set in beautiful parkland.
- Live arts programme.
- Excellent sports facilities.
- Students can make the most of the 150-year-old woodland surrounding the campus with a new trail through the campus grounds. The 2.6-mile route includes an outdoor trim trail – a series of fixed timber exercise stations.
- Each of the nine colleges have approximately 26 sports teams and their own unique bar and student social space.
- Award-winning restaurants and several cafes serving quality, locally sourced, sustainable food.
- Lancaster University has a dedicated team to support and help students during their time at Lancaster. Visit our website for more information.
- Lancaster University Students’ Union strives to reflect the authentic student voice and offers a wide range of services that underpin and enhance the Lancaster experience.
- The union works to promote the views of its members throughout their time at Lancaster, with a rigorous academic representation system, a free, impartial advice and support service and a comprehensive network of elected student representatives covering all aspects of university life. It also provides a diverse range of commercial services including on-campus shopping and a lettings agency.
- Offering a growing range of volunteering opportunities and facilitating an excellent range of overseas experiences, the union provides opportunities for personal development that help Lancaster students gain employability skills and graduate as rounded, confident individuals.
- More than 230 clubs and societies suiting all interests are affiliated to the union, which takes the lead in promoting both competitive and recreational sport. The Roses Tournament, the annual sporting clash with York University, is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the Lancaster University calendar.
- As well as offering vital pastoral services, the union is at the heart of the university’s social scene. It runs the The Sugarhouse – Lancaster’s biggest, safest and most popular student nightclub – and organises a wide variety of popular events that unite the campus community, including an annual Christmas market, arts and cultural events, the Graduate Ball and the end-of-year 'Extrav' events hosted at each of the university’s colleges.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Lancaster University has an on-campus recruitment agency. This service handles all of the part-time work opportunities offered by the university, ensuring that all students benefit from a single point of contact and fair access to the paid work that is available.
- This service also works with local employers for both part-time and full-time positions. Students and graduate are therefore able to benefit from a dedicated university-run service to help them find work during and after their studies.
- Staff also work with students and graduates, providing help and advice in respect to job hunting, effective applications, and interview performance.
- 97% of Lancaster students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.
- Dedicated team to support students through a variety of services, which help students to develop skills, connect with working professionals, build networks and realise their potential.
- The Lancaster Award rewards you for taking part in those extra-curricular activities outside your academic studies that supplement the excellent education you receive at Lancaster University. Developed in partnership with employers, it is a certificate that rewards you for making the most of your time at university and will enhance your future employment prospects by encouraging you to undertake extra-curricular activities and acquire new skills and experiences valued by employers.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- Over £450m has been invested in the campus in the last ten years with a further £175m planned over the next three years.
- A new state-of-the-art engineering building opened in January 2015.
- New teaching laboratories have been built for Lancaster Environment Centre and Biomedical Life Sciences.
- A major refurbishment of the Library was completed in January 2016.
- A refurbishment project is nearing completion that will offer Chemistry at Lancaster custom-designed laboratories to support teaching and research in synthetic, analytical and spectroscopy, and computational chemistries.
- A new Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) building has been created to provide additional research and development laboratories which will integrate closely with Lancaster's Department of Chemistry
- A refurbishment of the Physics building to create a world-class research and teaching environment is due for completion in spring 2017.
- Work is anticipated to start later this year on the £41m Phase 1 of a new Innovation Campus to make advances in products, services and technologies for the health sector. It is expected to open in 2019.
- The university has engaged a design team to lead the redevelopment of its prestigious Management School. The project is to create a truly world-class and innovative teaching, research and business engagement environment and thereby mirror Lancaster’s reputation as one of Britain’s leading business schools. It is anticipated to open by the summer of 2019.
- A team of architects has been appointed to remodel the university’s main thoroughfare – the Spine - with enlivened building frontages, a series of characterful, connecting spaces and interesting diagonal relationships to help create an inspiring, better-connected, modern university campus. Construction work will start on the Spine Remodelling project later in 2016.
- Lancaster University has also begun work on a £2m suite of ultra-low noise laboratories. IsoLab will provide the most advanced environments in the world for the expanding field of quantum technology.
- A further 98 high-quality bedrooms have been built, boosting the award-winning accommodation portfolio on campus.
- Lancaster University’s wind turbine is providing 15% of the university’s electricity. The wind turbine is just one of a whole package of carbon saving and environmentally-positive 'Green Lancaster' projects implemented.
- Jon Moulton – venture capitalist and philanthropist
- James May – TV presenter
- Andy Serkis – BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated actor
- Jason Queally – Olympic gold medallist in cycling
- Gian Fulgoni – entrepreneur
- Sarah Waters – award-winning novelist (Tipping the Velvet)
- Ahdaf Soueif – Anglo-Egyptian novelist
- Robert Fisk – journalist
- Nahed Tahir – CEO of Gulf One Bank, ranked by 72nd by Forbes magazine in the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world
- Warren Nettleford – TV presenter and reporter
- Paul Simons – senior advertising executive