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Lancaster University

Location Lancaster, GB, Lancaster United Kingdom
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Ranking

# 132

QS World University Rankings
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326

Undergraduate programs
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187

Postgraduate programs
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League tables can’t tell you everything about a university, but we think they’re a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top 15 of the three main domestic league tables. We are also climbing in the world rankings and are currently 132nd out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World Rankings 2022. 

Lancaster has also won two major awards from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, including being named the International University of the Year in the 2020 guide, and the University of the Year in the 2018 edition.

We offer over 383 undergraduate degree programmes and a wide range of Masters and PhD opportunities. We also offer pre-study programmes such as English language and foundation courses. If you choose to study at Lancaster, you will learn in a stimulating, research-led environment, from academics who are at the forefront of their field of research, with 83% of our research rated as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014. 

Our international reputation for excellence means that we attract some of the brightest minds from around the world, with staff and students joining us from over 100 countries. Coming to Lancaster is all about broadening your horizons – not just learning new subjects, but finding new perspectives and discovering new experiences too. Because with us, you get to be part of a community that lets you live and learn from people from different cultures to share ideas and perspectives. 

League tables can’t tell you everything about a university, but we think they’re a good place to start. Out of over 120 UK Universities, Lancaster University is consistently ranked in the top 15 of the three main domestic league tables. We are also climbing in the world rankings and are currently 132nd out of more than 1,000 universities in the QS World Rankings 2022. 

Lancaster has also won two major awards from The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, including being named the International University of the Year in the 2020 guide, and the University of the Year in the 2018 edition.

We offer over 383 undergraduate degree programmes and a wide range of Masters and PhD opportunities. We also offer pre-study programmes such as English language and foundation courses. If you choose to study at Lancaster, you will learn in a stimulating, research-led environment, from academics who are at the forefront of their field of research, with 83% of our research rated as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014. 

Our international reputation for excellence means that we attract some of the brightest minds from around the world, with staff and students joining us from over 100 countries. Coming to Lancaster is all about broadening your horizons – not just learning new subjects, but finding new perspectives and discovering new experiences too. Because with us, you get to be part of a community that lets you live and learn from people from different cultures to share ideas and perspectives. 

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #163
  • 2014
    #156
  • 2015
    #160
  • 2016
    #121
  • 2017
    #129
  • 2018
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  • 2019
    #131
  • 2020
    #128
  • 2021
    #135
  • 2022
    #132

Ranking criteria

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Overall
41.2
Academic Reputation
33.2
Employer Reputation
39.2
Faculty Student Ratio
82.6
Citations per Faculty
94.6
International Faculty Ratio
97.1
International Students Ratio

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The Lancaster University campus in North-West England occupies a beautiful 560-acre green site, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre. Across the campus, we offer exceptional learning facilities, from the labs and lecture theatres in our faculties, to the multi-million pound sports centre and outstanding library facilities. Lancaster is a collegiate university and has nine colleges which each provide students with small close-knit communities and a “home from home”. Lancaster is one of only a small number of leading UK universities to operate a college structure. Each college has its own history and traditions, creating a more supportive student environment and opportunities to get involved in a wide range of activities. Lancaster University has the won the Best University Halls in the National Student Housing Survey seven times since 2010. With almost 6,800 university rooms we can offer students a range of high quality, safe and comfortable accommodation on our campus or in the city. Lancaster has an outstanding record in graduate employment. Our graduates perform well in an increasingly competitive job market and are highly regarded by employers.
 
There are a vast array of facilities on campus including shops, banks, hairdressers and coffee shops. A short bus ride or cycle will take you from our campus into the heart of Lancaster – a city full of character and culture. It’s a city without the sprawl, compact enough to walk around and small enough to hold onto a friendly personality. But there’s also everything you’d expect from a modern city, with plenty to see and do, from busy shops and a vibrant nightlife to cultural attractions and beautiful parks.
 
Around 14,000 students from more than 100 countries choose to study at Lancaster because of our excellent reputation for research, teaching and student satisfaction. We have more than 150 academic partners across 24 countries around the world. Strong links with universities and institutions in the USA, Asia and Europe ensure that we work at the forefront of international, collaborative research projects, working on major global issues. It also means that we can help our students explore the world in a range of different study placements, cultural exchanges and volunteering programmes.
 
We have four faculties offering a range of degree programmes:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Management School
  • Science and Technology
     

Design BA Hons
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Geography BA Hons
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History BA Hons
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Finance BSc Hons
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Zoology BSc Hons
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Physics BSc Hons
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Economics BA Hons
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Law LLB Hons
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Politics BA Hons
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Sociology BA Hons
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The Lancaster University campus in North-West England occupies a beautiful 560-acre green site, just three miles from Lancaster City Centre. Across the campus, we offer exceptional learning facilities, from the labs and lecture theatres in our faculties, to the multi-million pound sports centre and outstanding library facilities. There are a vast array of other facilities on campus including shops, banks, hairdressers and coffee shops. A short bus ride or cycle will take you from our campus into the heart of Lancaster – a city full of character and culture. It’s a city without the sprawl, compact enough to walk around and small enough to hold onto a friendly personality. But there’s also everything you’d expect from a modern city, with plenty to see and do, from busy shops and a vibrant nightlife to cultural attractions and beautiful parks.
 
In a time of global change, we pride ourselves as being one of the world leaders in higher education. Lancaster has four strategic partnerships teaching validated Lancaster degrees overseas in Ghana, China, Malaysia and, recently announced, Germany. Additionally, we have research, teaching and student exchange partnerships linking us with leading universities and institutions across the world. Strong links with universities and institutions in the USA, Asia and Europe ensure that we work at the forefront of international, collaborative research projects, working on major global issues. Students from more than one hundred countries study at the Lancaster campus which is an open and welcoming community that values equality and diversity.
 
The quality, reach and significance of research produced in Lancaster University's vibrant research environment is world leading. In the last Research Excellence Framework (the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions), 83% of our research was rated as either internationally excellent or world leading. Research is undertaken in each of our Faculties with much of this being interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. Some of the exciting developments taking place at the moment are the new £41 million Health Innovation Campus which will make a major contribution towards tackling some of the significant health challenges we face today, work by The Lancaster Environment Centre to change to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges as well as research into education, health and social care, well-being, culture, the leisure sector, media, transport, manufacturing and the environment by ‘ ImaginationLancaster’.
 
We have four faculties offering a range of degree programmes:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Management School
  • Science and Technology

History MA
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History MA
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Philosophy MA
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Philosophy MA
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Translation MA
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Translation MA
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Economics MSc
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Film Studies MA
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Law LLM
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Law LLM
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Politics MA
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Politics MA
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Sociology MA
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Statistics MSc
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