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

The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16 subject areas across the university have been assessed as 'world leading'.

The University enjoys a community of around 20,000 students from over 120 countries, including 5,000 postgraduate students and 700 research students. As well as the main campus in Preston, there are also additional sites in Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus.

UCLan boasts impressive state-of-the-art facilities, including a 24-hour library with over 700 computers, and a sports centre complete with a fitness suite and sports halls. What's more, the university keeps on expanding, and is mid-way through a £200 million investment of the Preston Campus. Featuring a brand new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) and a £60 million Student Centre (due to complete 2021), bringing together student support and enhancing the student journey.

Students benefit from studying in the cheapest city in the UK, while Preston is regarded as the best place in the North West to live and work. Preston is incredibly well connected, and is in close reach to 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.

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About the University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) offers over 200 postgraduate courses covering various disciplines including Journalism, Fashion, Forensics and Sports Science. The University has a global reach and in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), UCLAN was recognised to have performed world-leading research.

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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