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We know that as well as a world-class education, you’re looking for an unforgettable student experience and a valuable, professionally-respected qualification. So when weighing up your options, you should look at The University of Central Lancashire to start your dream degree. Our mission is to transform lives, so if you’re looking for a transformative student experience to help you reach your career aspirations, check out these great reasons to choose UCLan…

WE’RE THE BIGGEST UK RISER IN THE CUG 2020 LEAGUE TABLE

UCLan has risen 27 places in the Complete University Guide 2020 and is now ranked 75th out of 131 institutions.  This takes into account our above-average graduate employment rate and gives us a Top 10 ranking for Forensic Science, with eight further subject areas within the Top 20 in the UK.  

A CHOICE OF CAMPUSES

As well as our main campus in Preston, we offer a wide range of courses at campuses in Burnley and Westlakes in Cumbria.

OUR GREAT RANGE OF DEGREES

You can choose from a wide variety of subjects on degrees from Foundation Entry level through to undergraduate and postgraduate, both taught and research.

OUR TEACHING QUALITY IS AWARD-WINNING

UCLan has recently received a silver quality award for ‘consistently exceeding rigorous national quality requirements’ in the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. We are delighted to see recognition of our commitment to personalised provision and excellent support for students.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

What makes our degrees professionally current and relevant are the association and accreditations from industry leading bodies in the sectors, across both our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Make sure you check out the individual course pages for more information.

WE’RE ONE OF THE TOP UNIVERSITIES FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS*

If your ambition is to work for yourself, you’re more likely to succeed at UCLan. Our graduates are still running thriving businesses after three years.

YOU’LL GRADUATE WORK-READY

More than 95%^ of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating, having benefited from our close industry links with over 1,000 employers, who offer invaluable work experience opportunities to help you become career-ready.

WE’RE INVESTING SERIOUS MONEY IN YOUR EDUCATION

Our £200 million Campus Masterplan will blend our already fantastic facilities with new buildings – including a £35 million state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre, opening later this year - and public green spaces, improving access for pedestrians and cyclists.

BEST IN THE NORTH WEST

It’s official – Preston is the best place in the North West to live and work, according to a recent report** which measures economic success and personal and family wellbeing, and is ranked 19th overall in the Good Growth for Cities index. So listen to the experts and pay us a visit!

And if that wasn’t enough, it’s good to know that many of our academics also undertake world-leading research which helps to inform our teaching and benefit our students. Almost 50% of the research which the University submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

 

*The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS) 2015-16, 2nd in the UK
**published by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the thinktank Demos

^HESA Employment Performance Indicator 2018 (full-time, home-domiciled, first degree leavers).