The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a place where you can make your goals happen. It is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a world-class education as well as an unforgettable student experience, plus the institution has campuses in Preston, Burnley, and Cumbria so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Whether you’re at the start of your University journey; you want to develop your knowledge, enhance your career, change direction completely, or if you're looking for a postgraduate research degree at a University, UCLan will help you take your next big step.
Outstanding student support
At every step of the way, you’ll have the help you need to make the most of your time at UCLan. This high level of student support has been recognized as the University is ranked first in the national Student Welfare League Table 2020.
UCLan graduates in high demand
Step into the workplace in confidence with work experience included in many of UCLan’s courses. UCLan works closely with leading employers across the North West to secure work experience opportunities for students. It’s the reason why 95% of their graduates are in work or further education within six months (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018 full-time, home domiciled, first degree leavers).
UCLan is investing in students’ future
The main campus in Preston is nearing the end of a £200m redevelopment project. New facilities, social spaces, and buildings include the Engineering Innovation Centre and the Student Centre, and Square.
Friendly and well-connected campuses
The main Preston Campus is right at the heart of the city, just minutes away from its vibrant shopping center, attractions and nightlife. At UCLan’s Burnley and Westlake campuses, students get to experience the best of both worlds – a fantastic learning experience together with incredible opportunities to socialize, unwind and embark on the odd adventure in-between your studies.
UCLan offers 350 undergraduate programs and nearly 250 postgraduate courses across subjects including:
Psychology – Learn how to apply psychological knowledge to academic and real-world issues. You’ll benefit from hands-on learning with access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and experiential learning environments.
Computing – UCLan’s innovative approach to teaching and learning means students graduate with essential technical, entrepreneurial, and social skills. You can take a one-year industrial placement to prepare for a career in the industry. Find out what Jordan says about his MComp Computer Networks and Security studies.
Engineering – As a student, you will be provided with exciting, hands-on experiences to develop practical engineering skills to get noticed by employers. You will also work on global competitions and with commercial partners in the world-class £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre. Engineering was ranked in the UK's top 20 Complete University Guide 2021 subject area.
Forensic Science – Ranked in the UK top 20 for the subject area in the Complete University Guide 2021, UCLan’s provision has an outstanding reputation due to the expertise of staff, the facilities, and the breadth of their professionally accredited courses. All this is further enhanced with its ground-breaking partnership with the Lancashire Constabulary, creating the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.
Law – UCLan’s degrees incorporate plenty of work experience opportunities and national and international educational field trips. Thanks to its affiliation with Preston Crown Court, students can go behind the scenes and gain knowledge and experience in how the courts operate. Many students pursue roles as a solicitor or barrister or move into criminal law, business, and management.
Medicine – UCLan is proud to be training future doctors and physician associates as well as preparing students for other healthcare careers. Students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities opportunities to gain invaluable real-life experience with in-built and voluntary clinical placements in urban and rural NHS settings.
Art, Design, and Fashion – With its innovative teaching and close links to the creative industries, there can be few environments more exhilarating for creative minds. Guided by accessible teaching staff, students are encouraged to develop their natural talents into a competitive skill set.
UCLan continues to compete among the leading universities in the world and offers international students a superlative student experience. Want to find out more? Chat with some of our current students by searching for your course.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university with thriving campuses in Preston, Burnley, Westlakes (Cumbria), and Cyprus.
Founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge, UCLan now has a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programs and nearly 250 postgraduate courses.
Internationally the University now enrolls students from more than 100 countries and has partnerships with 125 institutions from across the globe.
The University has an established research reputation with world-leading or internationally excellent work taking place within the areas of Business, Health, Humanities, and Science. UCLan is also ranked in the top 6.5 percent of universities worldwide in the 2020-21 Centre for World University Rankings, as well as holding the maximum 5 QS stars for the quality of its teaching.
With a strong focus on continually improving the student experience, UCLan is currently undertaking a £200 million project to redevelop its Preston Campus. The vision is to create an attractive and inviting, world-class environment helping to create jobs, kick-start regeneration, and attract inward investment into the city and North West region.
UCLan has partnered with ONCampus, which delivers quality academic, creative, and English Language programs and prepares students to progress onto the leading universities across the world. ONCampus UCLan offers Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP), Medicine Undergraduate Foundation Programme (MUFP), and Master’s Foundation Programme (MFP). UFP gives guaranteed progression (subject to fulfillment of specified criteria) to Year-1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees. MUFP allows applying to Year-1 of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and the MFP gives the guaranteed progression (subject to fulfillment of specified criteria) to many master’s degrees.