Lancaster University - UK

Bailrigg,Lancaster,Lancashire,England,LA1 4YW

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Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Lancaster University, also officially known as the University of Lancaster, is a public research university in Lancaster, Lancashire, England.

Lancaster University is a collegiate university in the UK city of Lancaster and a member of the N8 Research Partnership: an association of the eight most research intensive universities in the North of England.

The university dates back to 1947 when a public meeting in Lancaster supported the proposal for a university college to be founded in the city, although it was 1964 before its first students were admitted. Its original site was in St Leonard?s Gate in the middle of the city. Today, the campus occupies a picturesque, 360-acre parkland site three miles from the city centre.

Lancaster is one of just a few universities within the UK to have a collegiate system. It is home to nine colleges overall, eight for undergraduate students and one for postgraduates.

With more than 12,000 students from over 100 countries, the campus has the feel of a small town with banks, shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, a pre-school centre and health services.

Students can also enjoy the campus?s own theatre and art gallery, home to an international art collection that includes Japanese and Chinese art, antiquities, and works by twentieth century British and European artists, including Miró and Ernst.

The university is located close to mountains and the sea. The Lake District National Park and the Forest of Bowland, areas of outstanding natural beauty, are both within close proximity.

Lancaster has a strong reputation globally. Its international partnerships with higher education institutions include Sunway University College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the GD Goenka World Institute in India, COMSATS in Pakistan, and the Brazil- based Federal University of Lavras.

The Student Value for Money report previously ranked Lancaster as being one of the best ?value for money? universities in England.

Its accommodation has won the 'Best University Halls' award in the National Student Housing Survey for last six years running.


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.

Campus and Location

  • 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.

Courses and Subjects Offered

·         Business & Economics

ü  Accounting & Finance

ü  Business & Management

·         Life sciences

ü  Biological Sciences

·         Engineering & technology

ü  Chemical Engineering

ü  Electrical & Electronic Engineering

ü  General Engineering

ü  Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

·         Physical sciences

ü  Chemistry

ü  Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences

ü  Mathematics & Statistics

ü  Physics & Astronomy

·         Computer Science

ü  Computer Science

·         Social sciences

ü  Economics & Econometrics

ü  Geography

ü  Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)

ü  Psychology

ü  Sociology

·         Arts & humanities

ü  History, Philosophy & Theology

ü  Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Teaching Standards

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

  • The 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.

Academic assessment

  • 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.

Research Standards

  • 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.

Academic Strengths

  • 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.

Student Facilities

  • 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.


  • Incoming undergraduates for whom Lancaster is their first choice university ? and who have firmly accepted an offer via UCAS ? are guaranteed places in residence for their first year if they apply before 15 August in their year of entry.
  • Holder of the Best University Halls title since 2010 in the annual National Student Housing Survey, and one of only three UK universities awarded an International Accommodation Quality Mark based on over 90% positive feedback from international students in the survey. We also hold the Best Customer Service title in the awards.
  • Range of on-campus accommodation, from standard rooms with washbasins, to en-suite, studios and award-winning townhouses.
  • Starting rent for single study bedrooms in 2016?17 is £85.40 per week, rising to £151.55. Our most prolific room type is Superior En-suite, costing £127.40 per week.
  • Rent includes high-speed internet and access to the university network and wi-fi in all residences. Utility bills and contents insurance to the value of £5,000 is also included.
  • Average rent of shared houses off-campus is around £90 per person per week, inclusive of bills. The city centre also has numerous halls of residence to offer.

Notable Alumni

  • 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


  • Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to help with fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on students' circumstances and/or A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications/performance).
  • Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education.
  • For students starting their study with Lancaster in 2016, over 400 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses.

Courses Offered

Film and Theatre BA (Hons)

Bachelors | Full Time (3 years)


Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Bachelors | Full Time (3 years)


German Studies and History BA (Hons)

Bachelors | Full Time (4 years)


Science Studies PhD

Masters | Full Time (36 months)


French Studies and Computing BSc (Hons)

Bachelors | Full Time (4 years)


Mechatronics BEng (Hons)

Bachelors | Full Time (3 years)

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