University of Central Lancashire

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Preston, England


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University of Central Lancashire Overview

The university’s main campus is grounded in Preston, with others located in Burnley (East Lancashire), Westlakes (West Cumbria), and Cyprus. They’ve lately invested£ 200m in transubstantiating their Preston Campus, giving students access to excellent teaching facilities in bright, ultramodern surroundings. Internationally, the university enrolls students from further than 100 countries and have partnerships with over 120 institutions from across the globe.

The University has close links with further than 1,000 indigenous employers and enterprises, covering a multitude of industries, giving students expansive opportunities to gain practical work experience through long- term work placements, short- term internships and study abroad programmes. UCLan is also ranked as the leading UK university for entrepreneurship, grounded on the number of launch- up businesses they’ve incubated that are still active after three years of trading, according to the rearmost HEBCIS 2016- 17 survey. The University has been named the top university in the North of England for producing launch- up businesses and is ranked fifth overall in the UK (Tide, 2021). The University’s Propeller enterprise hub offers business start- up support to students and graduates, including skills and knowledge workshops, networking opportunities, and a business incubation space.

University of Central Lancashire Rankings

  • 111th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 106th in the Guardian University Guide 2024

UCLan’s top performing area in REF 2021 was Physics with 90% of the research submission rated as world-leading and internationally excellent overall (4/3-star). Social Work and Social Policy, another traditional research strength at UCLan, also performed well with 83% of its overall research submission ranked 4/3-star. The area of Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy scored 79% overall for 4/3-star while Modern Languages and Linguistics scored 75% for 4-star impact. Philosophy, a first-time UCLan entrant to REF, was ranked 8th out of 35 submissions nationally for 4-star impact with 50% of the research rated as world-leading. Business and Management Studies scored particularly well in terms of research impact with 100% of its submission being ranked 4/3-star – a substantial increase on REF2014 and in the UK’s top 20% for 4-star impact.


University of Central Lancashire

UCLan offers students comfortable accommodation, in ultramodern halls that are safe, fun, inclusive for all and, overall, good value for money. The University offers a guaranteed place in halls for all first- year students. Self- contained flats are also available, as is private accommodation in and around the city of Preston.

University of Central Lancashire Location

UCLan is based in Preston, Lancashire, on a campus just a short distance from the city centre. The beautiful scenery of the Lake District is not far away and the city itself hosts numerous cafes and museums, as well as a shopping centre, world-class sporting facilities and historic architecture.

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If you have achieved excellent grades in your studies prior to entering your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme with us, we will look to reward this.

Programme exclusions

  • Distance learning
  • Postgraduate research
  • Pre-sessional English language
  • Professional placements
    Work based learning.
  • MBBS