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Lancaster University

4.5 out of 5 (32 ratings / 17 reviews) Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
Lancaster University is an internationally highly-ranked leader in the provision of inspiring teaching and research. Located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England, the University places great emphasis on a strong student experience and employability and gives students access to academics who are experts in their field.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (23)
Social Sciences (21)
Humanities (16)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (10)
Computer Science & IT (8)
Medicine & Health (5)
Education & Training (4)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
  • The Department of Mathematics and Statistics



In 1947 a public meeting in Lancaster endorsed a proposal that there might be a university college established in the city. Although the idea lapsed for lack of government funding, in early 1961 it was revived by Lancashire County Council, and a Promotion Committee for a University in North-West Lancashire, presented a proposal to the University Grants Committee for Lancaster to be chosen.


Lancaster University will:

  • provide a diverse range of flexible student-centred programmes, based on sound principles of design, which are responsive to student need and demand and are explicitly informed by, and benefit from, Lancaster's vibrant research culture
  • encourage students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that promote personal development, make a positive contribution to society and are valued by external agencies
  • provide a stimulating, challenging and attractive learning environment where students can grow personally and academically
  • communicate clearly and comprehensively to students what is required from them and what services are available to them to support their academic work


Lancaster University aims to:

  • Produce world-leading research which has beneficial impacts on the economy, society, culture, policy, health and the environment.
  • Produce research that positively influences academic thinking globally, shaping academic areas of research throughout the world.
  • Collaborate internationally with the best researchers around the world, in universities and in non-academic organisations.
  • Educate postgraduate and undergraduate students in a research-led environment, producing a world class student experience that is informed by the research expertise of the University.
  • Shape our research priorities by the challenges that society faces globally.


The University is frequently singled out for its high levels of graduate employment; 82% of graduates are in graduate level work or further study, and Lancaster's unemployment rate is low. Lancaster graduates are performing well in what is an increasingly competitive job market.

Through the work of our Careers staff and 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.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Student Based Services:

  • The Base
  • Accommodation
  • Careers
  • Course and study changes
  • Disability
  • Exams and assessment
  • Finding work
  • International
  • Health
  • Money
Help and support is available to all students at Lancaster.

Housing services

  • Lancaster University offers a wide range of undergraduate accommodation to suit different preferences and budgets.
  • Postgraduate accommodation on-campus is located in the Graduate College and offers a variety of living options.
  • We have a range of accommodation suitable for families, from one-bedroom flats ideal for couples to three-bedroom family homes.
  • Lancaster is a vibrant city with plenty of accommodation for students to rent, from houses and apartments to halls of residence.

Library services

Lancaster University Library is located at the heart of the Bailrigg Campus and holds over half a million printed items as well as providing access to hundreds of thousands of electronic journal articles, ebooks and more. Explore our web pages to find out more about our collections and the help and support we can provide during your studies at Lancaster.

ICT services

Eduroam enables students, researchers and staff from Lancaster University or other participating institutions to get a secure wi-fi connection on a computer, smartphone or other portable device, across campus and when visiting other universities.

Medical services

The campus has its own medical practice, dental surgery and pharmacy. There are also a number of natural health care practitioners based in the Chaplaincy Centre.

Student Life

Campus life

Lancaster students enjoy a vast green-field site with wonderful views of mountains and sea, yet the campus is just 5 minutes' drive from the M6 motorway and ten minutes from the main West Coast railway with direct services to Manchester, London and Scotland.

Furthermore, as part of our travel plan we have one of the most frequent university bus services in the country, one of the highest employee cycling rates in Lancashire (a traffic-free cycle route links the campus to the outskirts of the city) and our own car sharing scheme.

Food & Drink: There are dozens of places to eat and drink across the campus, with cafes, restaurants and nine college bars - each one reminiscent of its college’s individual character.

Sports facilities

The University has just invested in a brand new £20m sports centre on campus, with facilities including a 100 station fitness suite, a 25 metre 8 lane swimming pool, and an 8.5 metre climbing wall and bouldering cave designed with input from renowned mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.

Within our 360 acres of campus we have plenty of space for a quick game of tennis, the inter-college rugby tournament, or just a stroll along our Woodland Trail.

Student clubs

Joining a society which is in line with your interests is a great part of student life. They organise a number of events and activities at Lancaster, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in.

At LUMS, the student societies relating to business are brought together under the Lancaster University Management School Association (LUMSA).

Why join a LUMS society?
  • It's fun!
  • It will increase your employability
  • You will have an opportunity to meet like-minded people and network
  • You will develop your skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and leadership


Triple accredited is a recognition of the quality of everything we do from the three most influential business school accreditation bodies (AACSB, EQUIS and the Association of MBAs).

  • Lancaster's Biomedical Science degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS.
  • Lancaster Engineering MEng degrees are accredited by the IET and IMechE
  • RSC (Royal Society of Chemists)

Student Reviews

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Rebecca Calvert rated 5 out of 5 stars

I particularly like theory regarding research. Literature review tend to be my go to method although I have been told that I have a talent for extracting information via the interview process. In summary my method tends to be more qualitative than quantative however I am extremely keen to broaden my quantative methodological experience.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good Uni, too much construction work always happening, good academic support

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I will be very grateful if i got admitted in it .It is like dream to me ,to study the way i want and learning new traditions and cultures of other countries .

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom