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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 opportunities are underpinned by world-leading research innovative approaches and real-world experience.

You can choose from an extensive portfolio of over 200 postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of disciplines designed to enhance and develop your knowledge, and equip you with industry-ready skills to help you excel in the next stage of your career.

Real world teaching and world-leading research

As a postgraduate student at UCLan, you will experience high-quality, research-informed teaching by dedicated lecturers, who are experts in their fields. You can study full or part-time on the majority of the taught degrees, as well as via distance learning.

You’ll be joining a truly global institution. The University has a student and staff community of around 38,000 people from more than 100 countries, plus a worldwide alumni community of over 200,000 people. Thanks to our partnerships with more than 120 overseas institutions, students all over the world are studying degrees accredited by the University of Central Lancashire.

Plus, if you opt for any of our fully online courses, you’ll be able to earn your degree from anywhere in the world while still having direct access to our excellent academics and key student services.

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Employability skills

The University is Lancashire’s largest provider of graduate-level qualifications. Combining academic excellence with real-world learning, you’ll benefit from state-of-the-art facilities, close industry links and opportunities to gain vital work experience by participating in placements and live projects. There will also be opportunities to attend networking events and connect with top employers.

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Entrepreneurial University

If you’re interested in setting up your own business then the University can help you transform your idea into reality. Through the Propeller service, you can access advice, mentoring and business incubation space. The University is ranked first in the north of England and fifth overall for the number of start-up businesses it supports, having given formal business and enterprise to more than 850 businesses over the last six years (Tide, 2021).

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State-of-the-art facilities

The University recently invested £200m in regenerating our Preston Campus, a short five minute walk from the city centre. At its heart is our new £60m Student Centre, where you can access all the University’s advice and support services, or unwind and catch up with friends.

The Student Centre looks out over University Square, a vibrant hub at the heart of campus and one of the largest public spaces to have opened in England for many years. Events take place there all year round, creating a carnival atmosphere on campus – from Graduation celebrations to pop-up street markets.


The University’s main campus is located in Preston, Lancashire – a small yet thriving city which was recently named the best city in North West England to live and work (Demos/PwC, 2021). We’re ideally located along the West Coast Mainline, with good connections to Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. Our other campuses are based in Burnley (east Lancashire), Westlakes (Cumbria) and Cyprus.

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Employment across the creative sector and in creative roles has grown at double the rate of the economy and provides around two million jobs. The government views creative industries as an important growth area. Within this promising environment the School of Art, Design and Performance offers aspiring creatives an exciting choice of courses designed to provide students with a competitive edge. Our innovative and enterprising environment produces students whose hard work, enthusiasm and talent generate successful graduates and industry award winners year after year.

Study takes place within cutting edge facilities, including our £15 million state-of-the-art Media Factory; the new building helps nurture student, graduate and entrepreneurial talent and has strengthened the North West’s reputation as a major centre for job creation within the creative industries. Students are encouraged to undertake work experience and exploit our strong links with leading companies and industry figures to help them pursue their chosen career. Our staff, many of whom have experience in industry, are dedicated and skilled in teaching and learning skills, knowledge transfer with the business sector, and research – much of which is rated internationally excellent (RAE 2008). They relish the opportunity to share their passion and knowledge with new students every year and look forward to meeting you at one of our Open Days where you can discover more about our courses, uni life and visit our facilities.

We design our taught postgraduate courses to extend your knowledge and skills in areas which you may have studied more generally at undergraduate level. Others are conversion courses enabling you to switch your specialism to a new area away from your work experience or first degree. Many courses incorporate a taught element with individual study, plus a dissertation or short research project. You will be required to undertake an in-depth study of a specialised topic and demonstrate the ability to present your knowledge by submitting a dissertation or project report at the conclusion of your course. Many full-time courses last for one year, but some are in modular form and can be taken over a shorter or longer period. We also offer some courses entirely by e-learning or distance learning.

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We offer a range of innovative undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD courses, including our graduate entry Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and BSc (Hons) Clinical Dental Technology, the first undergraduate training programme of its kind in the UK.

Our undergraduate programmes include elements of shared training, to prepare students for how their will work in the future as part of the dental team.

Taught sessions are held in purpose-built facilities incorporating bright and modern phantom-head training areas as well as dedicated lecture and seminar rooms. We are also one of the few Universities in the UK with our very own on-campus Dental Clinic, and are fully equipped to give all dental students direct access to practical experience in high-end dental work within the institution.

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We offer a range of clinical programmes in the field of medicine and vision sciences. Our undergraduate courses include MBBS, Physician Associate Studies, Ophthalmic Dispensing plus an accelerated Medical Sciences degree and a foundation entry programme, designed to prepare students for further study in Medicine or other healthcare subjects.

As a Royal College of Surgeons accredited centre, we also provide postgraduate and CPD medical courses for doctors and other health professionals who want to develop skills and knowledge in clinical and non-clinical roles. Our quality-assured programmes offer personal and professional development to support career development and equip health professionals with the skills they need to respond to the new healthcare environment.

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We aim to make a difference in the world of science and healthcare. Our well-qualified and accessible staff are committed to supporting students and providing the very best in modern, research-informed science education.

As a student, you will also benefit from industry-standard facilities, including leading-edge science laboratories with access to fantastic resources to support your learning. As part of our programme of ongoing investment, we have spent over £500K equipping our state-of-the-art pharmaceutics laboratory facilities, as well of the introduction of our new £14-million purpose-built JB Firth Building. We have also recently completed a £250k refurbishment of the Pharmacy Practice Suite.

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