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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. We place an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and encourage collaboration, giving students access to expert teaching and research support and training from across the University.
Our international community extends far beyond the campus with research, teaching, student exchange partnerships with leading universities and institutions in 24 countries across the world and more than 148,000 alumni in over 180 countries worldwide. Lancaster is an open and welcoming community that values equality and diversity. Our promotion of global values ensures Lancaster is a welcoming environment for international students and staff.
Our international achievements have been acknowledged with the award of ‘International University of the Year’ in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
Out of over 120 UK Universities, Lancaster is consistently ranked in the top ten in the three major UK league tables. We are proud of our high quality teaching, excellent facilities, and the aspirational and varied careers our students go on to.
The University is committed to solving major global problems through research and teaching, with 83% of our research ranked as ‘internationally excellent and world leading’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
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
Top 10 - Lancaster is ranked in the top ten across three UK league tables (10th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 10th in The Guardian University Guide 2021, and 8th in the Complete University Guide, 2021).
High quality teaching - Lancaster was awarded a coveted Gold ranking in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
World-class Institution - Lancaster is ranked 135th out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
We're 136th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, making Lancaster 17th out of the 101 UK universities included in the table.
Lancaster has been named ‘International University of the Year’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
World-class Research - 83 per cent of Lancaster’s research was rated internationally excellent or world leading (REF 2014).
Graduate College - We’re one of a handful of collegiate universities in the UK, with a dedicated college for postgraduate students, as well as postgraduate-only facilities in the city for students not based on campus.
Quality accommodation - In the National Student Housing Awards 2019 Lancaster's accommodation was awarded Best University Halls. This is the eighth time we have won this award since 2010. At the same awards, we also retained the International Accommodation Quality Mark, for providers that achieve higher than 90% satisfaction from their overseas students.
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.
Investment - Over £220 million has been invested to develop campus since 2013. Recently investment has been made into a new sports hall, new management school building and a £41 million Health Innovation Campus. Work is currently underway to further extend the library building which is a very popular space with students and is home to a living tree!
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.
- Accounting and Finance
- Biomedical and Life Science
- Centre for Education, Training and Development
- Computing and Communications
- Educational Research
- English Literature and Creative Writing
- Graduate Management School
- Health Research
- Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development
- Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC)
- Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA)
- Lancaster Leadership Centre
- Lancaster Medical School
- Languages and Cultures
- Linguistics and English Language
- Management Learning and Leadership
- Management Science
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Organisation, Work and Technology
- Politics, Philosophy and Religion
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