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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading, modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovative, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire students, the university provides a high-quality experience in modern surroundings.

UCLan received a silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework, and offers over 200 taught and research postgraduate courses across a range of subjects. There’s a community of 20,000 students from over 120 countries, including 5,000 postgraduate students and 700 research students. As well as the main campus in Preston, the university has additional sites in Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus.

UCLan’s impressive state-of-the-art facilities include a 24-hour library with over 700 computers, and a sports centre complete with a fitness suite and sports halls. The university recently invested £200m to transform its Preston Campus, and it features now include a £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) and a £60 million Student Centre which is (due for completion in 2021), bringing together it’s student support to enhance the student journey.

Preston is well connected with its own train station, and sits within close reach of other popular towns and cities, including Blackpool and Manchester.

Many a famous face has graduated from UCLan, with notable alumni including newsreader Victoria Derbyshire, director Mark Gill and BAFTA winner Richard Frediani.


I'm a completely different person to when I started. I'm an established personality, and feel confident in any situation. Thanks UCLan.”

“I’ve learnt how to fend for myself and my course is taking me on an amazing literary journey. I can’t wait to see what the rest of my university experience will entail.”

My experience is good; I feel like there is enough support for students when they need it.”

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About the University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire is a leading, modern university in Preston that offers a wide range of postgraduate taught courses, and research courses.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2019

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2019

This University

64% Part Time
36% Full Time

All universities (avg)

47% Part Time
53% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2019


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2019

16,865 Undergraduate
4,945 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2019


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