The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally UCLan has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised. It has an established campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.
In 2010, UCLan became the first UK modern university to appear in the QS World University Rankings. In 2015 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.8 percent of all worldwide universities, highlighting the progress it has made in providing students with real-world learning experiences and reflecting the institution’s broad pool of academic talent.
Amongst the University’s programme portfolio of some 230 undergraduates and nearly 200 postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as fashion and forensic science, of which it is the largest higher education provider in the world, to more recent additions such as dentistry and now undergraduate medicine, which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.
The University has a £200 million campus masterplan which over the next 10 years will create a world-class educational environment that blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to benefit the University, the City of Preston, and the economy of the North West. UCLan’s plans are being informed by the local, regional, business and civic communities, with whom it continues to build close relationships.
In the future, UCLan will enhance its standing as an institution with a world-class academic reputation firmly rooted in modern-day relevance.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) tries to offer something for everyone, with a wide range of English language programmes, international foundation programmes, foundation entry degrees, undergraduate degrees and top-up programmes - with more than 230 undergraduate courses to choose from. UCLan is a friendly, campus-based university. International students are welcomed with a free airport collection service and orientation programme, as well as a buddy system to help students settle in. All students are fully supported throughout their study. All undergraduate courses have a strong focus on students’ future employability taught across a wide subject area including architecture, business and management, creative industries, dentistry, law, medicine, and the sciences. More information on courses can be found on the university website. More than £100 million has recently been invested in teaching, learning and leisure facilities, including new buildings, improved learning technology and the very best sporting facilities with plans already underway to build a new state-of-the-art £30m Engineering Innovation Centre that will open in 2018.
UCLan has one of the largest undergraduate research internship schemes of any University in the UK. UCLan was a founder member of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research and in 2011 hosted the first ever British undergraduate research conference. Its internship scheme has enabled more than 450 UCLan students to work alongside staff and make major contributions to high-quality research projects in areas such as type-two diabetes, wind power and smart bandage development.
The University’s state-of-the-art facilities include a disaster management training simulator, the most sophisticated of any UK university, which is helping to prepare UCLan’s policing students for life after graduation, forensic crime scene houses, biomechanic and clinical skills laboratories, motorsports workshop, moot court room, plus much more. Students have 24/7 access to University library and computers, with many resources accessible online from home. The campus has free WI-FI, as does all University student accommodation. All students have access to the full range of Students’ Union societies, covering religious, sporting, social and cultural interests. Staff will also help students to find work experience, and the University operates a ‘job shop’ to links students with employers for part-time work.
Postgraduate programmes at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are underpinned by world-leading research and innovation. They are designed to enhance and develop students’ knowledge and skills to an advanced level.
The University’s close links with global businesses ensure that its almost 200 taught postgraduate programmes meet the latest industry and sector needs - many of the University’s courses are accredited by professional bodies. Opportunities are available in all Schools to undertake supervised research at doctoral and masters level.
With 11 areas of research judged ‘world-leading’ by the UK Government, and a further seven areas graded as ‘internationally excellent’, UCLan has received global recognition for its work. The University consistently invests in its research centres which include the UK's first International Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Studies, a nanotechnology research base in China and the International Institute of Korean Studies under the Directorship of world-leading researcher Professor Hazel Smith. UCLan’s student support service ensures that students’ get the most from their time at the University and can provide support to those students who are bringing their families to the UK. Staff will also help students to find work experience, and the University operates a service to links students with local employers for part-time work.
What can you study with us?
We offer a range of taught master's and research programmes in our academic schools:
- School of Art, Design and Fashion
- School of Business
- School of Community Health and Midwifery
- School of Dentistry
- School of Engineering
- School of Film, Media and Performance
- School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- School of Journalism, Language and Communication
- Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- School of Management
- School of Medicine
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
- School of Physical Sciences and Computing
- School of Psychology
- School of Social Work, Care and Community
- School of Sport and Wellbeing
- Lancashire Law School
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