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Lancaster University

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

Lancaster University is a public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire. The university is proud of its international community and aims to offer all students a global experience, welcoming students from over 120 countries around the world.

Lancaster is a top 15 University in UK league tables.

  • 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • 11th in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2022

Lancaster is also climbing in world university rankings.

  • 122nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
  • 132nd out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2022

The university has an extensive network of teaching and research links around the world, many of which provide exciting opportunities for students to study or work abroad. There are strong links with universities in the US and China. Lancaster also has teaching partnerships in China, Germany, Ghana and Malaysia.

Lancaster students can take advantage of the university's modern campus. Open 24/7 during term time, the freshly renovated library offers more than 1,200 workspaces and silent and quiet study areas to suit all learning styles. Power sockets can be found throughout the whole library to charge devices, and PCs and laptops are available for loan at no cost.

In addition to plenty of relaxing green spaces, there's an art gallery and concert hall, a theatre, cinema, restaurants, cafes, bars, a post office and hair salons.

Students receive quality teaching from passionate staff and life after university is also a key focus at Lancaster University. The careers service offers specialist support, including programmes designed to enhance employability and increase opportunities for international students. Students can also go there for help with applying for jobs and one-to-one advice. Careers events and workshops are held throughout the year.

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What's new

What's new

Campus Developments

There have been many developments at the UK campus, which has transformed over recent years thanks to several significant new-build developments and remodelling projects. Latest projects include:

  • A new building for the Management School called the ‘West Pavilion'. The five-storey contemporary building houses three new lecture theatres and two executive teaching suites.
  • A new state-of-the-art lecture theatre is the largest on campus, with seating for up to 400 students.
  • The new Health Innovation Campus is a pioneering project that brings together innovators, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses, local government, citizens and health care providers. It aims to drive advances in technologies, products and ways of working to improve health and healthcare.
  • The Sports Centre has recently opened a new sports hall, strength and conditioning room and human performance lab.
  • A three-floor extension to the library has created approximately 400 new study spaces, more than 120 silent study spaces and a wealth of dedicated research and collaboration spaces.
  • A new Architecture studio which offers students bespoke individual workspaces.

Enhanced Career Support

The careers service at Lancaster University has developed a new programme, LAUNCH Your Career, to provide specialist support for all international students. The six-workshop programme covers a variety of topics and can help students work towards attaining The Lancaster Award, a certificate of achievement that recognises extra-curricular activities and development outside of a students' degree programme.

Online Events

Lancaster University is offering a variety of online events and webinars that invite students to connect with staff and fellow students and find out about life on campus, from individual appointments to webinars covering all aspects of study and subject-specific events.

Students can view the full list of options and book a place online.

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Teaching quality & student satisfaction

Teaching quality & student satisfaction

Lancaster University is known for its teaching excellence, which is based on leading staff, excellent facilities and the good careers that its graduates go into. The university's staff aim to produce research-led teaching and in the last Research Excellence Framework, 83 per cent of its research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading.

Lancaster students from all backgrounds continuously achieve excellent outcomes. Many students continue studying and progress into professional employment, which notably surpasses Lancaster's benchmarks.

The 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) reveals that 83% of Lancaster University students are satisfied overall with the quality of their course, compared with a national average of 75%. Ranked against comparable universities, this puts Lancaster 6th in England.

Community - A home away from home

The university endeavours to offer a global experience, with its students and staff living and learning with people from different cultures, sharing their ideas and perspectives. 30 per cent of the university's staff are non-British, and the international student community consists of people from over 120 countries.

Lancaster's college system provides a unique community experience designed to enhance and support the lives of all its students. Each of the nine colleges are based on campus, where safety is a priority and security is provided through a dedicated 24-hour team of college porters. Students are assured of a friendly environment, which includes Wi-Fi enabled social spaces, games rooms and quiet spaces.

For information related specifically to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and Lancaster's approach, policies and procedures students can access dedicated resources on the university website and its COVID-19 page.

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Department structure

Department structure

Lancaster University is comprised of four main faculties, each with several departments, centres and institutes.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Lancaster's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is home to over 20 disciplines, with many placing in the top ten in the major UK league tables and top 100 in the world rankings. The nine departments include Educational Research English Literature and Creative Writing History The Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts Languages and Cultures Law Linguistics and English Language Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Sociology.

Faculty of Health and Medicine

The Faculty of Health and Medicine's multidisciplinary research and teaching operates across three Divisions: Biomedical and Life Sciences Health Research and the Medical School. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, ranks the Medical School 1st in the UK for research quality and for graduate prospects in medicine.

Management School

Lancaster University Management School is one of the few business schools in the world to hold quadruple accreditation and is ranked among the UK's top ten. Many of its programmes are highly ranked in the UK and across the world by leading rankings from the Financial Times, QS, the Economist and more. Accounting and Finance Economics Entrepreneurship and Strategy Management Science Marketing and Organisation, Work and Technology make up the school's six departments.

Faculty of Science and Technology

The faculty offers high quality education by internationally renowned academics that are delivered in top facilities. Many of its disciplines place in the top ten in the major UK league tables and top 100 in the world rankings. Its eight departments include Chemistry Computing and Communications Engineering Lancaster Environment Centre Mathematics and Statistics Natural Sciences Physics, and Psychology.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

English Language Test scores

Standard undergraduate entry level

IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved)

  • 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

IELTS Academic (Other Centres)

  • 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

Pearson PTE Academic

  • 62 with minimum of 51 in each of the four skills

Cambridge English: Advanced CAE

  • Grade C

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

  • Grade C

GCSE/IGCSE/O Level English

  • Grade C

TOEFL iBT

  • 93 overall - minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking, and 17 in writing

CaMLA ECPE

  • C2

For students who currently have an IELTS score of 6.0 and have not achieved the required IELTS score and want a direct entry to Lancaster University, they may be able to attend the four-week English for Academic Purposes course to bring them up to the required level.

Visit the University's Undergraduate course pages for specific entry requirements.

Standard postgraduate entry level

IELTS Academic (UKVI Approved)

  • 6.5/7.0 minimum scores in each component required

IELTS Academic (Other Centres)

  • 6.5/7.0 minimum scores in each component required

Pearson PTE Academic

  • 62/70 minimum scores in each component required

Cambridge English: Advanced CAE

  • Grade C

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

  • Grade C

TOEFL iBT

  • 93/100 overall, with a minimum of 20/22 in each skill

CaMLA ECPE

  • C2

If students applying for postgraduate programmes at Lancaster have not met the minimum entry requirements for their chosen courses, the University has a range of pre-sessional English language courses. These are designed to help students bridge the gap between their current English language score and the normal minimum entry requirement of their degree programmes. The courses are between four and 40 weeks in length, depending on the level of their English when they apply.

Visit the University's Postgraduate course pages for specific entry requirements.

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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation

Lancaster University has made significant investments to provide students with high quality, well equipped and comfortable accommodation. The university offers a wide range of options for all students to suit different preferences and budgets. The University has been named as having the Best University Halls in the National Student Housing Awards, eight times since 2010.

Library

The library offers a flexible, inspiring, technology-enabled environment with a range of individual and group workspaces to support different learning styles. Open all day, every day during term-time, it is built around a central atrium filled with natural light and is home to a real living tree. In addition, the campus has a wide variety of study and social spaces.

Students' Union

With more than 12,000 members from more than 100 countries, Lancaster University Students' Union has a wide variety of support services available to students.

The Students' Union Education and Support service has a dedicated team who supply students with free and confidential advice. They assist students with any issues they may have while at Lancaster, including financial, academic, housing, employment and consumer issues. There is also ample support for international students, and the service assists students on campus and online, all year round and even during holiday periods.

The Union has over 175 clubs and societies for students to get involved in, including a vibrant community of international, cultural and faith societies. There are also over 80 sports clubs, some based in the GBP 20 million sports centre which features the very latest in top of the range facilities. These clubs and societies are a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, have fun and develop skills that help you when looking for a job.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Undergraduate study

International students studying an undergraduate course at Lancaster University will pay tuition fees from one of three bands. The amount of fees also depends on the chosen subject area.

Scholarships may be available from specific academic departments with most awards offering a tuition fee discount.

Students can find out more information from the academic departments they are interested in applying for by visiting the University website.

Postgraduate study

The tuition fees for postgraduate study depend on the students' choice of specific course and subject area. Most awards offer a tuition fee discount.

Living costs

Students at Lancaster can benefit from a campus university positioned in North West England, which offers a lower cost of living in comparison to many other areas of the UK.

Scholarships

Lancaster offers a range of fantastic scholarships and bursaries at undergraduate and postgraduate level. You can find out more about these on their scholarships page.

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