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postgraduate programmes and research opportunities are underpinned by world-leading research

University of Central Lancashire

At the University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, our postgraduate programmes and research opportunities are underpinned by world-leading research, innovative approaches and real-world experience. Based in the heart of North West England, with excellent transport links, we offer state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly and supportive environment.

Our postgraduate taught programmes are designed to enhance and develop your knowledge and skills to an advanced level to ensure that you have the edge to succeed in your chosen career. You can choose from an extensive portfolio of postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of disciplines. We offer full-time, part-time, e-learning and block teaching options.

World-class teaching and world-leading research

As a postgraduate student at UCLan, you will experience high-quality, research-informed teaching by dedicated and well-qualified academic staff. In 2010, UCLan became the first modern university to enter the prestigious QS World University Rankings, and in a separate, more detailed analysis, the QS Stars Development Road Map, UCLan was awarded the maximum five stars for the quality of its teaching provision. UCLan offers a truly international experience - we have students and researchers from over 120 countries and over 125 partnerships with other institutions across the globe.


postgraduate programmes and research opportunities are underpinned by world-leading research

Employability skills:

As a result of our close links with a huge range of employers including BAE Systems, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Samsung, Cisco, the NHS and NASA, we understand what employers are looking for. UCLan's Careers centre brings together advice on careers and work placements, employability and enterprise course electives, business start-up and self-employment services. 

Entrepreneurial University

UCLan is ranked second in the UK for the number of student start-up businesses and first in the UK for the number of business start-ups still trading after three years.  UCLan has also been shortlisted for 'Entrepreneurial University of the Year' in the 10th Times Higher Education Awards (2015).

State-of-the-art facilities:

In recent years, UCLan has invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities to enhance teaching, learning and leisure activities: the £13 million Olympic-standard Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre; the £12.5 million JB Firth building, which houses the University's renowned forensic science, chemistry and fire engineering courses; the £5.3 million Allen Building which includes the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine; and the £15 million 'Media Factory' which incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students and business incubator facilities. A state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre, costing more than £30 million, is due to open on the Preston Campus in 2018.


UCLan is in Preston in North West England, a rich and culturally diverse place to study.

A £200 million Campus Masterplan is set to draw the city and campus even closer together, creating new green public spaces and improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. With traditional and contemporary shopping experiences, a thriving café culture and busy yet safe evening social scene, Preston also boasts beautiful parks, culturally-important museums and a thriving marina and docks area. All within walking distance of the campus.


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