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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers.
The university’s main campus is located in Preston, with campuses in Burnley and Westlakes and a third international campus in Cyprus. The Preston campus has recently received over £200 million in investment to expand and enhance the university, building a brand new Engineering Innovation Centre in 2019, and a recently opened Civic Square and Student Centre for the 2021 Autumn term.
Preston is one of the most affordable cities in the UK, and is regarded as the best place in the North West to live and work. The city is incredibly well connected, and is in close reach to other popular towns and cities including Blackpool and Manchester. New students join a community of learners representing over 100 countries globally, and the university maintains partnerships with more than 120 institutions worldwide.
Notable alumni include BAFTA winner Richard Frediani, newsreader Victoria Derbyshire, and director Mark Gill. The Centre for World University Rankings 2021-22 (CWUR) has placed UCLan in the top 7 per cent of universities worldwide.
University of Central Lancashire students on Postgraduate Search say:
“I'm a completely different person to when i started. I'm an established personality and feel confident in any situation. Thanks UCLan.”
“My experience is good, I feel like there is enough support for students when they need it.”
“I get to learn and make good friends. I have enjoyed my time here.”
UCLan offers a range of distance learning postgraduate courses which are generally completed online. They also offer mixed mode courses which are a blended mix of e-learning and attended sessions. These can be completed at undergraduate level, postgraduate level and even at doctoral level.
There are more than 200 taught postgraduate programmes across all departments at UCLan, as well as supervised research degrees at masters and doctoral level. These are available to study as full-time or part-time courses. According to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), nearly 50 per cent of the university’s research output was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.