Lancaster University is home to a dynamic postgraduate community and offers a wealth of both taught and research study options across a wide range of subject areas. Studying at Lancaster is all about broadening your horizons, finding new perspectives and discovering new experiences. By living and studying with students and staff from over 130 countries students join a global community and have the opportunity to make international connections.
We are proud to be highly ranked in three major UK league tables and we are also climbing in world rankings. We are now placed 122nd in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023 and 122nd in the QS World University Rankings 2024.
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 Open Day, Saturday 10 February 2024
Want to find out more about postgraduate study at Lancaster? Our on campus open day will provide the perfect opportunity to see what we have to offer. Discover the wide range of postgraduate study options available, meet your academic department and get valuable information and advice on the application process, fees and funding support.
We offer a range of subjects in postgraduate taught programmes, which provide you with a more structured approach to developing your subject knowledge and the potential to enhance your career prospects. Alternatively, you may see the taught degree as a stepping stone onto a career in research or a way to achieve an extended research thesis within your chosen specialism. Search our postgraduate offering for full details.
Rankings & Reputation
Highly ranked- Lancaster is ranked amongst the top 15 across three UK league tables (12th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, 10th in the Complete University Guide 2024 and 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2024).
Lancaster is ranked 122nd out of 1,500 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2024and 122d in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.
Research Excellence - The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assesses the quality and impact of research in UK universities across all subjects. 91% of Lancaster's research has been independently rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'. Lancaster is 21st overall out of 157 institutions ranked by the Times Higher Education.
Careers Support – 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.
Graduate College – We have nine colleges and postgraduate students join Graduate College, which operates exclusively for the benefit of our postgraduate community. Graduate College offers high quality on-campus accommodation, places to study, opportunities to socialise and access to any support you may need. Our colleges offer a safe, welcoming space, where it is easy to make friends with students from many different nationalities and walks of life.
The campus – The Lancaster University campus offers everything we think students need including a sports centre which has recently undergone a second phase of development, a newly extended library, theatre, hairdressers, shops, cafes and restaurants.
City, coast and countryside - A short bus ride or cycle will take you from our campus into the heart of Lancaster – a city full of character and culture. 10 minutes from the famous Lancashire coast, half an hour from the Lake District, and only 2.5 hours from London.
Wellbeing and support – Lancaster has a range of specialist support services that work in partnership with academic departments and colleges to offer you the right support at the right time.
Funding & Scholarships
Lancaster University offers a range of funding and scholarships towards the cost of postgraduate tuition and cost of living. For full information visit our website or speak to the department you are interested in studying with.