Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University

Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Prospectus 2020
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
                          05 Welcome to Lancaster               26 Fees and funding
                          06 The place for you                  28 Applying to Lancaster
                          08 The place for Zhenhao              30 Where we are
                          10 A place for the researcher         31 Our departments
                          14 Your postgraduate experience       59 Our courses
                          18 Support and wellbeing              110 Course index
                          20 The place for the global citizen   113 Contact us
                          22 Hello Future                       115 Postgraduate open day
                          24 Accommodation at Lancaster

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Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Welcome to
                                                                                                                                                 We are delighted that you are considering studying at
                                                                                                                                                Lancaster University. By studying here, you will be part

                                                                                                                                               of a university with a global outlook and a community that
4                                                                                                                                                            extends far beyond our campus.                     5

                                                                                                                                                  For us, Lancaster University is everything a university

        reputation                                                                                                                            should be. It's a campus that's both well connected and set
                                                                                                                                                 apart, a modern structure in a green setting. It's a centre
                                                                                                                                               of knowledge, where students come to learn, researchers
                                                                                                                                                come to discover and teachers come to share. Above all,
        Among the best                             We’re global                                We’re here to support you                      it's somewhere you can belong - a community to join, with a
        Lancaster has been named International     Lancaster has a wide range of teaching      getting a job                                 collection of colleges that offer a close-knit support network
        University of the Year for 2020 by         and research links around the world         Supporting students into employment                                and a proud identity.
        The Times and Sunday Times Good            which provide exciting opportunities for    or further study is central to our purpose.
        University Guide. We’re also in the top    our students to study or work abroad.       Throughout your time at Lancaster, we
        ten universities in the UK, being ranked   We have strong links with universities      will help you to develop the skills you
                                                                                                                                             As a top ten university, we set high standards, but we open our
        6th in The Times and Sunday Times          in the US and China. Lancaster also has     need to succeed in your future job search      doors to all – it’s your capacity to learn about the world that
        Good University Guide 2019, 7th in The     partnerships in Germany, Ghana, India       through CV writing workshops, mock
        Guardian University Guide 2020 and                                                     interviews and the opportunity to work
                                                                                                                                              matters. We challenge, pushing our students to new heights.
                                                   and Malaysia.
        7th in The Complete University Guide                                                   on company projects and undertake                 However, we also support – guiding people throughout
        2020. There are 165 higher education       We’re research driven                       work experience. Plus, as a Lancaster          their studies, research and careers. By choosing to study at
        institutions in the UK.                    Lancaster University is a research-         graduate you will benefit from lifetime
                                                   intensive university. The UK                access to our Careers Service.                Lancaster, you will be joining a global community that seeks to
                                                   government’s latest independent
                                                                                               We have happy students
                                                                                                                                                make a global impact to improve lives and communities.
                                                   review, the 2014 REF, ranked 83% of
                                                   our research as either internationally      The university attracts students from
                                                   excellent or world leading.                 a wide range of backgrounds and from
                                                                                               more than 100 countries. Our student
                                                   Our outstanding reputation attracts         accommodation has been awarded
                                                   some of the brightest minds from all over   the International Quality Mark, which
                                                   the world, and our degree programmes        is given to providers that achieve
                                                   are taught by experts to give you access    higher than 90% satisfaction from
                                                   to a high quality learning experience.      overseas students.
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Coming to Lancaster
         is all about broadening
         your horizons, finding
         new perspectives
         and discovering new
         experiences. By living and
         studying with students
         and staff from over 100
         countries, you will be
         joining a global community                                                                                                                            7
         and have the opportunity
         to make some international
         connections of your own.     With teaching and research links
                                      around the world, we offer exciting
                                                                               Our academic staff are experts within
                                                                               their respective fields and work on a
                                                                                                                       We are building for the future.
                                                                                                                       We have invested over £270m in our
                                      opportunities to work and study          philosophy of research-led teaching.    campus buildings and facilities since
                                      aboard as part of your degree.           In the most recent Research             2011 with a further £250m planned in
                                      Working with partner universities        Excellence Framework in 2014, 83%       the next five years. This investment
                                      and institutions in China, Malaysia,     of our research was rated as either     includes a significant redevelopment
                                      Germany and Ghana allows our             internationally excellent or world      of the Management School, the
                                      students access to Lancaster’s           leading. This strong research culture   Health Innovation Campus, and
                                      academic excellence in research          results in pioneering contributions     additional engineering, sport and
                                      and training in their own countries.     that translate into an active and       library facilities.
                                                                               stimulating environment for you to
                                      We are proud to be ranked in the top     learn in.
                                      ten in three major UK league tables,
                                      which includes maintaining our 6th       Lancaster is one of a small number

          The place
                                      place in the Times and Sunday Times      of UK universities to have a college
                                      Good University Guide 2019, as well      structure. All our students and staff
                                      as being ranked in the top three for     are members of one of our nine
                                      graduate-level prospects. We have        colleges and as a postgraduate
                                      also been ranked 7th for teaching        student you will join the Graduate

          for you
                                      quality in Europe according to the       College. Each college has its own
                                      Times Higher Education Europe            personality, history and traditions,
                                      Teaching Rankings 2019. This is the      and aims to create a supportive
                                      first international university ranking   environment that offers many
                                      focused on teaching and learning.        opportunities to get involved in a
                                                                               multitude of opportunities.
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Zhenhao Cao took his Bachelor of               dissertation and meeting my supervisor          and enthusiastic in class and she can
                          Arts in English Language Education             frequently to discuss my progress.              remember each one of us. The feedback
                          in his home country of China, before           Weekends are quite different. I follow the
                                                                                                                         she provides on our coursework is like a
                          coming to Lancaster University for                                                             one-to-one conversation that happens on
                                                                         “weekday-weekend” lifestyle because I
                                                                                                                         the margin of the word document! It is my
                          his Masters programme in Language              like to find a balance between study and
                                                                                                                         course convenor who inspired me to do
                          and Linguistics. During his                    play. While academic study is the most
                                                                                                                         my MA dissertation on second language
                          undergraduate degree, his lecturers            important part for me as a student, I don’t
                          had recommended Lancaster                      think it should occupy all my daily life.
                          because of its global reputation and           I try to eat three healthy meals every day      My MA supervisor has helped me to
                                                                         and play sports regularly to keep fit. As a     frame my work and he provides insightful
                          academic strength in linguistics.
                                                                         Christian, I go to the Chaplaincy Centre        feedback on my research methods.
                                                                         every Sunday and meet lovely friends            He has also given me some really useful
                          Why did you decide to                          there. I also go to the city centre or the      suggestions on how to present my work
                          apply to Lancaster for your                    Grad bar with friends to chill out.             at a postgraduate conference.

                          postgraduate study?                            Have you developed as an                        What does the future hold
                          I did a lot of research online before          individual during your time                     for you?
                          choosing to apply to Lancaster. I looked
                          at global rankings, students’ experience
                                                                         at Lancaster?                                   I think my study here has confirmed
                          reviews, the academic staff and their                                                          my ambition to do a PhD in Linguistics.
                                                                         The most important development for
                          specialities, as well as the location and                                                      During class, I’ve learnt a lot about
                                                                         me has been a change in the way I study.
                          facilities of the university. Lancaster                                                        specific research areas and how to do
                                                                         Moving from a prescriptive model, where
                          University had the highest ranking for                                                         research. After class, I went to several
                                                                         we had little choice, to a far more flexible,
                          linguistics among the universities I was                                                       talks held by different research groups in
                                                                         independent way of learning was a real
                          considering, and it also covered the widest                                                    our department and learnt state-of-the-
                                                                         change in culture. I found it hard to adapt
                          research areas with second language                                                            art ideas. I’ve met many PhD students
                                                                         to managing my own learning. For example,
                          learning and teaching, corpus linguistics,                                                     here and they’ve been happy to discuss
                                                                         I wasn’t used to asking questions, but once
                          discourse analysis study, and language                                                         potential topics for a PhD.
                                                                         I started I found that course convenors
                          testing and evaluation, and more. I was        were supportive and really willing to help.     I was a member of the committee that
                          excited about meeting academics and            I found that I benefited a lot from asking      organised the Lancaster Postgraduate
8                         talking to them and other students about       questions, whether it be to staff or peers.     Conference in Linguistics and Language
                          research ideas. When I was offered a                                                           Teaching, where I had the opportunity
                                                                         As well as developing my academic
                          place at Lancaster University, I accepted it                                                   to talk to current PhD students from
                                                                         knowledge, I’ve developed my confidence
                          without hesitation.                                                                            different universities and I was inspired
                                                                         in different situations. I am more willing
                                                                                                                         by their research topics. The combination
                          What is your typical day like?                 to approach academic staff, to network
                                                                                                                         of Lancaster’s supportive environment,
                                                                         at conferences and to make new friends
                          I live in Graduate College and I usually                                                       experienced academics, and my own
                                                                         at festivals and events. The supportive
                          study in my room or at the library.                                                            interest has persuaded me that pursuing
                                                                         environment in the department and the
                          I sometimes go with friends to the Quiet                                                       a higher degree is the right choice.
                                                                         University has helped me to develop
                          Study Space in the Graduate College            as a new member of academia and an
                          and we use the Social Hub for group                                                            Zhenhao Cao
                                                                         independent individual.
                          discussion.                                                                                    MA Language and Linguistics

                          On weekdays I spend a lot of time reading
                                                                         Who has inspired you during
                          literature, discussing with peers on Moodle    your time at Lancaster?
                          (Lancaster’s online learning environment),
                                                                         My course convenor in Linguistics; she
                          reviewing the class materials, and thinking
                                                                         always replies to emails quickly and
                          about coursework topics. In my final
                                                                         her replies help me to think beyond the
                          term I’ve spent most of my time on my
                                                                         questions themselves. She is active

                          The place for
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
A place for the                                                                                                                  Make IT easy
                                                                                                                                                   on yourself
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bringing the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                world to life
                                                                                                                                       Research undertaken by Professor Monideepa Tarafdar,          What if fictional places in books, such as Middlemarch,
                                                                                                                                       from Lancaster’s Department of Management Science,            Treasure Island, Barsetshire and Gormenghast could be
                                                                                                                                       and co-director of the Centre for Technological Futures,      generated as maps and even 3D visualisations out of
                 Our researchers work to find the answers to questions                                                                 has shown that four simple steps can help staff and           the text itself? Now a pioneering three-year project led
                                                                                                                                       managers understand the IT they use, and create a             by Lancaster University sets out to do just that.
                 that affect us all. Renowned experts at the forefront                                                                 digital work/life balance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The innovative project is the brainchild of Professor
                 of their fields are helping to shape our understanding                                                                The world of work has been dealing with the                   Sally Bushell and her research team aims to take
                 of the world around us.                                                                                               implications of continually emerging and ever-new             literary mapping to a completely new level by focusing
                                                                                                                                       IT since the 1990s, most notably with the effects on          on a selection of imaginary spaces from a variety of
                                                                                                                                       people and their behaviours, their performance at work,       famous literary texts. The researchers create an array
                                                                                                                                       and their cognitive and emotional reactions.                  of interactive and 3-D outputs in order to find new ways

                             What makes                                          The benefits of                                       More recently, the addictive nature of smartphones and
                                                                                                                                       tablets has become prevalent. While employees have
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of reading, experiencing and interpreting literary place
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and space.

                            hands unique?                                   retirement communities                                     come to gain reassurance, stimulation and sense of
                                                                                                                                       purpose from the wealth of possibilities that IT use has
                                                                                                                                                                                                     The main research project is focused on five different
                                                                                                                                                                                                     kinds of fictional space-time with different kinds
                                                                                                                                       opened up to them, ultimately it is difficult to switch off   of relationship to real-world place, including the
                 Research led by Lancaster University’s Professor           A new study, carried out by Lancaster and Aston            from the digital world. This can lead to technostress,        integration of real and fictional places and entirely
                 Dame Sue Black, in collaboration with the University       Universities, shows older people benefit from              poor performance and poor health. The full implications       fictional universes. The core research question is
                 of Dundee, will investigate what makes a person’s          improved physical and mental health when living in         of living a digitally augmented working life – and what       how to map a text that has no correspondence to
                 hands unique through a €2.5m project called                retirement communities, resulting in cost savings          it means for concentration, communication skills and          our world.
                 H-Unique. The project will call on 5,000 ‘citizen          to the NHS.                                                other behaviours – are still being unpacked.
10               scientists’ to contribute images to the world’s first                                                                                                                               A spin-off project for schools (Litcraft) creates 3D       11
                                                                            The study, commissioned by the ExtraCare Charitable        Professor Tarafdar’s research into this ‘dark side’ of IT     worlds in Minecraft with linked educational resources.
                 searchable database of the anatomical variations in
                                                                            Trust and led by Professor Carol Holland of Lancaster      included an investigation of how people can develop           This is centred upon re-engaging reluctant readers with
                 the human hand.
                                                                            University, shows that the charity’s unique well-          their own coping mechanisms to prevent digital stress.        classic works of literature including: Treasure Island;
                 The project will build on the ground-breaking              being and lifestyle model delivers significant health      This included speaking to groups of office workers,           Kensuke’s Kingdom; and Robinson Crusoe/Swiss Family
                 research techniques pioneered by Professor Dame            improvements. Residents were more physically active,       from senior executives to office administrators,              Robinson. School and library trials have proved the run-
                 Sue Black, which have been used successfully in            less anxious, less likely to fall, were never or hardly    whose routines are typically occupied with the use of         away success of the resource and a commercial build
                 criminal courts to identify perpetrators from images       ever lonely and became less frail. This led to residents   everyday office IT packages and email. Based on these         for Gulliver’s Travels is now underway.
                 of their hands. Researchers will analyse all the factors   reducing their average hospital stays by three days        conversations, she offers a different perspective to
                 that make a hand truly unique such as genetics,            per year.                                                  taking on the problems of organisational IT use, one
                 development, environment and even accidents in                                                                        that focuses on what employees themselves can do.
                                                                            Since the study was published, the charity has used
                 order to understand them fully and use them reliably
                                                                            the results to assess the efficacy of its award-winning,
                 as evidence for identification.                                                                                       The four steps are:
                                                                            well-being service, which supports all residents to
                 Supporting the project will be an interdisciplinary        be proactive in managing their own health and make         1. Developing a positive IT outlook
                 collaboration of anatomists, anthropologists,              informed decisions about their health and lifestyle, via   A positive mental orientation about IT helps to
                 geneticists, bioinformaticians, image analysts             regular assessments. This research has helped inform       reinterpret stressful IT situations in an optimistic
                 and computer scientists. They will combine hard            the development of a resilience tool to measure            and constructive light.
                 biometrics, such as fingerprints with soft biometrics,     how resilient residents are in terms of physical,          2. Building IT use skills
                 for example superficial vein patterns, skin crease         psychological and cognitive health. It will be used to     IT is not going away. So learn and get better at using it.
                 patterns, scars, pigmentation and tattoos to               reassess residents, some of whom have already been
                 provide a major novel breakthrough in the study            identified as frail, to determine if personal goals and    3. It’s okay to vent your anger
                 of anatomical variation.                                   targets are helping them to become more resilient.         By expressing their frustration, employees can reduce
                                                                            There are plans to roll the tool out to other retirement   the distress and unpleasantness they feel from using IT.
                 The research opens up the opportunity to develop
                                                                            housing providers later in the year.                       4. Creating boundaries
                 new and exciting biometric capabilities that have
                 a wide range of real-world applications, such as                                                                      This can include, for example, using the different
                 security access, border control and assisting in the                                                                  applications to take breaks.
                 investigation of serious and organised crime on a
                 global level.
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Postgraduate research student,                    What is a typical day like for a                 How have you developed
                           Niklas Reich, comes from an area
                           close to Stuttgart in the south of
                                                                             research student?                                your skills and knowledge at
                           Germany. It’s located less than                   As PhD student and within the Alzheimer-         Lancaster?
                           three hours from the Alps and not                 focused research group, I have an enormous
                                                                                                                              What I have learnt during my time at
                           far from the French, Swiss and                    amount of freedom. I meet my supervisor
                                                                                                                              Lancaster is true academic work -
                           Austrian borders. He took his BSc                 regularly to discuss results and recent
                                                                                                                              scientific writing, reading and developing
                                                                             developments, but the majority of my time
                           in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in                                                                 practical skills. Since we formed several
                                                                             is spent planning experiments, buying the
                           Germany before coming to Lancaster                                                                 collaborations during my PhD, I have
                                                                             research materials I need, and preparing and
                           to take his MSc in Biomedicine.                   performing the experiments.
                                                                                                                              also been introduced to the idea of
                           Now a PhD student, Niklas’ research                                                                entrepreneurship in research, and I have
                                                                             My supervisor is very open and I’m               been proactive in making collaborations
                           focuses on the development of a
                                                                             encouraged to incorporate my own ideas.          happen. This combination of skills will be
                           drug to treat Alzheimer’s Disease.
                                                                             For example, I typically read up on research     beneficial for whatever career path I choose.
                                                                             papers in my field and, if applicable, I am
                                                                                                                              I can act completely independently during
                           We asked Niklas what brought                      welcome to test out similar approaches in
                                                                                                                              my PhD, ranging from planning my own work,
                           him to Lancaster.                                 our laboratories. I recently attended a one-
                                                                                                                              figuring out how to do something, solving
                                                                             week workshop in Portugal that introduced
                                                                                                                              problems, managing my own budget, guiding
                           I did a placement during my undergraduate         me to cell-based research methods.
                                                                                                                              and instructing other students and finding
                           degree and, while I enjoyed the amount of
                                                                                                                              and working together with other research
                           responsibility I had, it was more project         Tell us about the people you                     groups. I even introduce the general public
                           management than research. This experience
                           confirmed that I was more drawn to research
                                                                             work with.                                       to our work, for example by organising lab
                                                                                                                              tours, which is very rewarding. I like the
12                         and that’s when I started looking for             We are a relatively small group, consisting
                                                                                                                              independence and level of responsibility        13
                           postgraduate degrees abroad. I wanted             of a post-doctoral graduate and three PhD
                                                                                                                              that I have in my PhD which will prepare me
                           to challenge myself!                              students. We have formed collaborations
                                                                                                                              for future roles.
                                                                             with multiple organisations and other groups
                           The MSc in Biomedicine at Lancaster
                                                                             including, for example, research groups in
                           University introduced me to several
                                                                             Milan and other UK universities.
                                                                                                                              What would you like to
                           fascinating research subjects, including my                                                        accomplish in your career?
                           current field of expertise, diseases of the       We have founded our own society, known as
                           brain, cancer, microbes and disease. I then       ’Defying Dementia’, which has helped fund        I haven’t entirely mapped out my future
                           gained practical lab experience as a Visiting     my PhD and is well known in this area of the     career yet, but I am strongly drawn
                           Researcher, which gave me the experience I        country. While our society aids our research,    towards the pharmaceutical industry.
                           needed to be accepted for my PhD.                 it also aims to inform and help people who       I could see myself as head of research in a
                                                                             suffer from dementia. It is the combination of   neuroscience-focused department or as a
                           I have lived in Lancaster for almost three                                                         senior member of the management team.
                                                                             research and public facing work that I enjoy
                           years now, It’s not too big, not too small, but                                                    Alternatively, I may follow an academic route
                                                                             most about my PhD.
                           charming and it provides everything you                                                            such as leading my own research group
                           need with regular bus and train connections.                                                       in the field of neuroscience.

                           A place for the
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Your                                             Everything you
                                                                   college                                          need on campus
                                                When you arrive at Lancaster, you will become part of      The peace and quiet of our extensive grounds.
                                                our vibrant collegiate system. The Graduate College        The hustle and bustle of the busy Alexander Square.
                                                is one of our nine colleges on campus and is focused       A library with its own tree and colleges with their own
                                                exclusively on postgraduates.                              bars and social spaces. Lecture theatres, seminar
                                                                                                           rooms and laboratories. Pitches, courts, a swimming
                                                With more than 2,000 students, you’ll find an
                                                                                                           pool and even a climbing wall. Our campus is more than
                                                international and multicultural community waiting
                                                                                                           just a collection of buildings, facilities and features.
                                                for you at the Graduate College. Here you will be able
                                                                                                           It’s the complete setting for your studies.
                                                to access a range of services designed to help and
                                                support you through your time at Lancaster. These          Our campus has transformed over recent years thanks
                                                include social and study facilities, such as a study hub   to a number of significant new-build developments and
                                                and computer lab and even a dedicated, award-winning       remodelling projects. Our latest projects include:
                                                bar for when you want to take time out of your studies
                                                                                                           +	The Management School has embarked on an
                                                and relax.
                                                                                                              ambitious development, creating a cutting-edge
                                                The College’s friendly, international community               space for students, staff and partners.
14                                              celebrates and encourages diversity and provides
                                                                                                           +	The Health Innovation Campus is a pioneering            15
                                                members with an ideal opportunity to make lasting
                                                                                                              project that brings together innovators, academics,
                                                friendships. It also provides an environment for
                                                                                                              entrepreneurs, businesses, local government,
                                                members to develop academically, while extra-
                                                                                                              citizens and health care providers and aims to drive
                                                curricular activities ensure that each postgraduate
                                                                                                              advances in technologies, products and ways of
                                                student’s experience is rewarding.
                                                                                                              working to improve health and healthcare.
                                                The interests of our postgraduate students are
                                                                                                           +	The Sports Centre has recently opened a Strength
                                                represented through a Postgraduate Board, which is
                                                                                                              and Conditioning Room and Human Performance
                                                elected annually from college members.
                                                                                                              Lab and is now undergoing a second phase of
                                                A small membership fee is required, which goes                development to create a second sports hall. The
                                                towards the running of the college.                           investment for phase two is due to the continued
                                                                                                              success of the facility and the growing demand from
                                                For more information about the college, please visit:
                                                                                                              students, staff and the local community.
                                                                                                           +	A 400-seat lecture theatre developed in response to
                                                                                                              feedback from previous staff and student surveys.
                                                                                                              The lecture theatre will become the largest on
                                                                                                              campus and will double-up as a space to host large-
                                                                                                              scale events and conferences.

                                                                                                           +	A three-floor extension to the Library, which will

           Your postgraduate
                                                                                                              create approximately 400 new study spaces,
                                                                                                              more than 120 silent study spaces and a wealth of
                                                                                                              dedicated research and collaboration spaces.

                                                                                                           Find out more about our investment in our facilities at:

     For more information
Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
This is a region that rises from a stunning
                             coastline up to dramatic mountains.
                             It’s criss-crossed by canals and the River
                             Lune, and dotted with towns and villages
                             full of character and heritage. At the heart
                             of it all, you’ll find Lancaster.

                             It’s a place where history is written
                             into the city streets. Take a walk from

                             Queen’s Priory, around Lancaster Castle,
                             past the fine Georgian architecture and
                             through Williamson Park up to the Ashton

             City, hub and   Memorial – it’s a journey through time,
                             from the medieval age to today.
                                                                                     Our global                                                         postgraduate
               heartland     The past is fascinating, but there’s an
                             exciting future here too – with innovative
                                                                                      campus                                                               career
                             industry, dynamic start-ups and free
                             thinkers all producing something new,
                             every day. Here, there’s room for free
                             spirits and creative thinkers. The bookish,    Coming to Lancaster is all about                Lancaster University is proud of its          interactive workshops on CV building,
                             the outgoing, the trendsetters. With an        broadening your horizons, finding new           reputation for highly qualified, employable   developing a LinkedIn profile,
                             eclectic range of busy bars, laid-back         perspectives and discovering new                postgraduates. Alongside your academic        psychometric tests, and succeeding at
                             coffee houses and independent shops,           experiences. With us, you get to be part of     study, Careers will help you develop your     interviews and assessment centres.
                             there’s a place for them all.                  a community that starts with the Graduate       employability so that you can identify
                                                                                                                                                                          A part-time job or an internship can
                                                                            College, stretches far beyond our campus        and secure the right job or research
                             And, always in the background, there’s the                                                                                                   enhance your employability and inform
                                                                            and reaches right around the world.             opportunity in an increasingly complex
                             spectacular coastline of Morecambe Bay,                                                                                                      your career choices. Lancaster University
                                                                                                                            and competitive market.
                             the open countryside of North Yorkshire        You’ll have every opportunity to make                                                         Careers Service has an on-campus
                             and the mountains of the Lake District.        some international connections of your          We work with a wide range of employers,       recruitment agency, helping you to find
                                                                            own, rubbing shoulders with students            who recognise and value the calibre of our    part-time work whilst studying. Our
16                           Find out more about Lancaster’s story at:
                                                                            from more than 100 countries – whether          postgraduates. Our events programme           friendly and experienced staff can also
                                              you’re doing group work, getting involved       includes recruitment fairs, employer          help you find internships and longer
                                                                            with one of our student societies or            presentations and skills workshops,           placements related to your subject or
                                                                            enjoying a night off socialising. You’ll also   mentoring opportunities, and networking       future career plans. You can access all
                                                                            benefit from the expertise of our world-        opportunities. As a postgraduate student,     our vacancies online, and you can access
                                                                            leading staff from around the globe – as        you are invited to attend employer events     careers support online through tailored
                                                                            almost half our team come from outside          as well as careers workshops to inform        careers and employability online courses,
                                                                            the UK.                                         and manage your postgraduate career.          e-guidance, and workshops and employer
                                                                                                                                                                          presentations via webinars.
                                                                            What starts in Lancaster can take you           Careers offers further services tailored
                                                                            much further afield with a range of             to your needs to help you identify and        Find out more about the services we
                                                                            travel opportunities available. When you        progress to your chosen career. These         offer at:
                                                                            graduate, you’ll join an alumni network         include one-to-one information, advice
                                                                            that touches every corner of the globe          and guidance as well as engaging and
                                                                            – putting a 180-country network at your

                                                                            Whether you’re a Lancaster local or you’re
                                                                            crossing oceans to join our community,
                                                                            you’ll discover an international
                                                                            perspective on life. You’ll learn about
                                                                            other people. Celebrate other cultures.
                                                                            Make friendships and connections
                                                                            that cross borders and continents. In
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Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 - Lancaster University
Everyone needs support from
        time-to-time. Lancaster offers
        a range of services to help you
        make the most of your time
        with us.
                                          Tailored for our postgraduate                   We offer access to getting paid                International societies
                                          student community                               work whilst you study, and we work
                                                                                                                                         The Students' Union supports a wide
                                                                                          in partnership with your academic
                                          Here at Lancaster we recognise that                                                            range of international student groups,
                                                                                          department and your college to ensure
                                          postgraduates have unique study and                                                            with the largest including the Chinese
                                                                                          you receive the right support at the
                                          support needs. That’s why:                                                                     Students and Scholars Association and
                                                                                          right time.
                                                                                                                                         the African and Caribbean Society.
                                          + We have created postgraduate specific
                                            areas in our Library, the city centre and                                                    For a full list of international societies,
                                            within the Graduate College.                  Chaplaincy                                     please visit
                                          + We have established our Doctoral              Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre is a
                                            Academy, an environment in which              welcoming and engaging place for people        Sport Lancaster
                                            PhD students are welcomed into                of all faiths and none. It offers a space      Conveniently located on campus, our
                                            Lancaster’s thriving research                 for exploring issues of spirituality and       Sports Centre offers a fantastic range of
                                            community and offers opportunities for        building community, or just a quiet place      indoor and outdoor facilities for you to
                                            PhD students to engage, collaborate           to eat your lunch.                             train and play.
                                            and innovate whilst studying for their
18                                          research degree.                              Your Students' Union                           Indoor facilities include a 25-metre          19
                                                                                          All students at Lancaster can find a sense     swimming pool, an 8.5-metre climbing
                                          The Graduate College has been designed                                                         wall and bouldering cave as well as a
                                                                                          of belonging and many opportunities to
                                          to meet the needs of postgraduate                                                              health and fitness suite and sports hall.
                                                                                          get involved in university life through the
                                          students. It offers a close-knit community                                                     In 2019, we opened our new Strength and
                                                                                          Students' Union. It's here to represent you
                                          that offers events and opportunities to                                                        Conditioning Room, a space designed for
                                                                                          and support you.
                                          enhance our postgraduate students’                                                             high-performance packed with innovative
                                          university experience.                          Everything it does has students at its         conditioning equipment. Outside, you
                                                                                          heart – working to be a force for positive     can find a range of courts and pitches
                                          Student services                                change, supporting wellbeing and helping       including a 3G pitch, crown bowling green
                                          Our one-stop enquiry desk, right in the         you to have a great experience while           and tennis courts. Plus, if you’re looking
                                          heart of the campus, provides friendly and      you’re with us.                                for ways to enjoy some fresh air we also
                                          expert advice on a range of academic and                                                       have a 2.6 mile woodland walk and a
                                          non-academic issues.                            Societies, sport, volunteering, academic
                                                                                                                                         challenging outdoor trim trail.
                                                                                          support, welfare advice and much more,
                                          We offer a range of specialist support          the Students' Union does it all making sure    Whether you enjoy competitive or
                                          services, help with financial matters and       you have all the opportunities you need to     recreational sport, keeping healthy in
                                          careers advice. If you have a disability, our   enjoy a fulfilling student life.               body and mind or simply enjoy being
                                          Disability Service will assess your needs                                                      active, we have something for you.
                                          and put in place appropriate adjustments        When you come to study at Lancaster
                                          for your studies.                               University, you will automatically become
                                                                                          a member of Lancaster University               “One of the reasons I love the
                                          Our Counselling and Mental Health               Students’ Union. However, if you do not        Students’ Union is because of the

           Support and
                                          Service can provide short-term support to       wish to join, you also have the right to opt
                                          help you to engage in your studies during
                                                                                                                                         voice it gives to students. Becoming
                                                                                          out of membership.
                                          emotional and mental health issues. If you                                                     an Academic Rep helped me
                                          need a visa, our visa and immigration team      To find out more, please visit                 understand that students actually
                                          will provide you with all the necessary
                                                                                                                                         have a say in what goes on at the
                                          documentation for you to apply for your
                                                                                                                                         University – I could see the results

                                          visa once you have an unconditional offer.
                                          We have a medical practice on campus                                                           of my campaigns come to life and
                                          and a pre-school offering a range of                                                           affect the daily lives of my course
                                          services for parents, and our multi-faith                                                      mates.”
                                          centre is open to all students.
                                                                                                                                         Abiola Adelabu (Nigeria)
Catherine is from Accra, the capital     Why did you want to study in                      How has your experience at
                           city of Ghana in West Africa. She
                           took her undergraduate degree at
                                                                    the UK?                                           Lancaster prepared you for life
                           Lancaster University Ghana, which        I had travelled to a few different countries      after you graduate?
                           is the first British university branch   before, including the UK, and I was keen to
                                                                                                                      This experience of studying in another
                           campus to be established in West         stay in the UK for longer and to experience
                                                                                                                      country has enabled me to gain
                           Africa, and then came to Lancaster       the way of life and studying here. I was also
                                                                                                                      confidence in myself and my abilities.
                                                                    curious to understand any differences in
                           to take a MSc in Management.                                                               My communication, interpersonal,
                                                                    how my subject, Management, is applied
                                                                                                                      analytical and cultural sensitivity skills
                                                                    in the UK across different fields such as
                                                                                                                      have developed, as well as my resilience
                                                                    technology, health and service industries
                                                                                                                      and time management skills. With help
                                                                    compared to my own and other countries.
                                                                                                                      from my lecturers and the Careers Service,
                                                                                                                      I’ve gained new insights and I feel better
                                                                    What have you found different                     equipped for the world of work.
                                                                    about studying and living in
                                                                                                                      I feel that the experience of Masters study
                                                                    the UK?                                           at Lancaster has made me a more well-
                                                                    Settling in to a new country takes time           rounded person. I have improved my skills in
                                                                    before it feels “normal” as there are new         interacting with people from all backgrounds
                                                                    places to visit and new friends to make.          as well as expanding my knowledge about
                                                                    Although I’d been here before, I did              my subject. I’ve learnt that not knowing
                                                                    experience a culture shock! Even small            something beforehand is not a big deal,
20                                                                  things like how the shops close early feel        and it’s valuable to ask questions and to
                                                                                                                      try new things.
                                                                    different, but you soon get used to this.
                                                                    I have enjoyed the diversity at Lancaster
                                                                    and the increase in my cultural awareness
                                                                                                                      What does the future hold for
                                                                    is something really valuable that I will take     you, Catherine?
                                                                    from this experience. Studying and living
                                                                                                                      After learning more about people from
                                                                    alongside people from other backgrounds
                                                                                                                      different continents while at Lancaster,
                                                                    and countries has helped me learn more
                                                                                                                      I could see myself living and working in any
                                                                    about different cultures.
                                                                                                                      country in the world, in Europe or Asia for
                                                                    The academic resources at Lancaster               example. However, the continent of Africa is
                                                                    are vast, particularly those available in the     where my heart and interests lie.
                                                                    library (both physical and online).
                                                                    My favourite place to study at the moment is
                                                                    the Alastair Pilkington room on the first floor
                                                                    of the Library. I also enjoy using the study
                                                                    areas available in my college, the Graduate
                                                                    College. The student support services are
                                                                    excellent and I’ve visited the Base a few
                                                                    times to get help and advice. I’ve also had
                                                                    specialist support from the Careers Service
                                                                    and technical support from the IT team.

                           The place for the
                           global citizen
                                                                                                          Rebecca Strong
                                                                                                          MSc Psychology of Advertising
                                                                                                          Head of Brand Insight, BBC

                                                                               How did the course you took                      What do you enjoy the most                     We asked Rebecca for her top
                                                                               at Lancaster prepare you for                     about your work?                               three tips for Masters students:
                                                                               your career?                                     Working in media research on the agency        +	Undertake work experience (where
                                                                                                                                side gave me the opportunity to work on           possible) – take advantage of the
                                                                               By the end of my undergraduate degree
                                                                                                                                a variety of different brands, but after          mentoring programmes and alumni at
                                                                               in Psychology I knew I was interested in
                                                                                                                                five years I decided I wanted to really get       the University. Take the opportunity to
                                                                               continuing studying and was drawn to
                                                                                                                                under the skin of working on research for         meet with people in the industry you’re
                                                                               the Masters in Psychology of Advertising
                                                                                                                                one brand.                                        interested in working in, or learning more
                                                                               programme at Lancaster. The course
                                                                                                                                                                                  about, to understand what sort of roles
                                                                               combined my academic interest with a             Now that I work in a client-side role, I get
                                                                                                                                                                                  your degree might be suitable for, what the
                                                                               practical application, and was at a university   to work much more closely with the teams
                                                                                                                                                                                  day-to-day in that job might look like, and
                                                                               I knew offered a high quality of teaching and    who are making decisions around the
                                                                                                                                                                                  what you might need to do to get there.
22                                                                             great lecturers to support me.                   identity and strategy for brands, and how                                                          23
                                                                                                                                to communicate this to consumers. I enjoy      +	A lways put your hand up, or say yes.
                                                                               The Psychology of Advertising Masters
                                                                                                                                being able to see how my work in insight is       I spent a long time thinking if I worked hard
                                                                               really helped me prepare for my career, as it
                                                                                                                                influencing decision-making in the business.      and kept my head down that opportunities
                                                                               allowed me to understand how the study of
                                                                                                                                It’s great to work in a business that puts        would land in my lap, but the reality is that
                                                                               psychology could be practically applied to
                                                                                                                                consumers at the heart of everything they         opportunities will only come about if you
                                                                               marketing and brand questions. Throughout
                                                                                                                                do, and builds a strong brand based from          put yourself forward for them. Whether
                                                                               my course, we worked with a great network
                                                                                                                                insight led decisions.                            that might be putting your hand up to
                                                                               of brands and, as part of the Masters, we
                                                                                                                                                                                  present even if it scares you (and my
                       After coming to Lancaster University from London        were required to undertake a placement.
                                                                               I completed mine at a media agency, which
                                                                                                                                Which of your professional                        fourth sneaky tip would be get as much
                                                                                                                                achievements are you the most                     presenting experience as possible!) or
                      to take her undergraduate degree, Rebecca decided        gave me a great understanding of what a
                                                                               day-to-day job in the industry would involve,    proud of so far?
                                                                                                                                                                                  saying yes to the opportunity to work on a
                                                                                                                                                                                  market research project in your holidays,
                                                                               and how research and insight was used
                          to stay at Lancaster to complete her Masters.        throughout, and influenced decisions across
                                                                               the business.
                                                                                                                                I’ve loved working for some of the biggest
                                                                                                                                British brands – highlights include working
                                                                                                                                                                                  which could allow you to travel across the
                                                                                                                                                                                  UK to ask consumers about their coffee

                      Her first job in a media agency introduced her to the    This experience was invaluable, as it allowed
                                                                                                                                on the relaunch of the BT brand, and
                                                                                                                                securing my newest job to lead marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                  drinking habits!

                                                                                                                                                                               +	Enjoy it! Lancaster is a great university
                      world of insight, and she went on to work in a variety   me to see how my skills might be used in the
                                                                               media world, and gave me an opportunity
                                                                                                                                effectiveness and brand insight at the BBC.       for your Masters, but it’s also a great
                                                                                                                                                                                  university socially; the collegiate system,
                                                                               to see if it was somewhere that I’d be
                      of agencies before moving on to lead marketing and       interested in working. In fact, as a result
                                                                               of my placement I actually secured my first
                                                                                                                                                                                  sports teams and social events means
                                                                                                                                                                                  there’s always something to get involved

                       brand insight at BT. She has recently moved to the      permanent role for when I’d finished
                                                                               my degree.
                                                                                                                                                                                  in. When looking at your CV, your degree
                                                                                                                                                                                  is not the only thing recruiters will look at;

                             role of Head of Brand Insight at the BBC.                                                                                                            your experiences tell potential employees
                                                                                                                                                                                  a lot about your working style and potential
                                                                                                                                                                                  cultural fit within a business, so make
                                                                                                                                                                                  sure you make some time for your hobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                  and interests.
Graduate College offers mostly single-         Although we can’t guarantee                  Applying for campus                          Graduate College
         study room accommodation and                   accommodation for postgraduate               accommodation                                Find out more about accommodation
         is located on Alexandra Park at the            research students and students whose
                                                                                                     Once you confirm acceptance of our           options at
         south-west of our campus. We also have         course runs for less than nine months or
         other self-contained flats for singles,        starts later than October, we will support
                                                                                                     study offer, from February onwards,
                                                                                                     we will send you details of how to apply     or contact graduateaccommodation
         couples and families located around            you to find alternative accommodation
                                                                                                     online for your accommodation. We will
         the wider campus. If you prefer to live in     off campus.
                                                                                                     send you our offer of accommodation
         Lancaster itself, then we can help you find
         university-approved accommodation.             Letting periods and accommodation            via email and we will also ask you to pay
                                                                                                                                                  University accredited private
                                                        charges in Graduate College                  a refundable accommodation deposit by
         As a postgraduate student, you are a                                                        credit card of either £200.00 for a single
                                                                                                                                                  accommodation for postgraduate
         member of the Graduate College and
                                                        Rooms are let on a 50-week basis (late
                                                                                                     room or £275.00 for a self-contained flat.   students
                                                        September – September) or a 40-week
         have access to all college facilities.                                                                                                   If you prefer to live in the city, then
                                                        basis (late September – July). Payment
         Lancaster also offers adapted
                                                        is termly, in advance of each term by        Families and couples                         Lancaster University Homes can help
         accommodation for students with                                                                                                          you find suitable student housing.
                                                        invoice.                                     The campus has a number of self-
         disabilities or special needs. Please let us                                                                                             With a searchable list of approve city-
                                                                                                     contained furnished flats ranging from
         know your requirements when applying           2019-2020 weekly rents include heating,                                                   centre houses, flats and halls you can
                                                                                                     one to three bedrooms. We can only
         for your accommodation.                        lighting, water, network connection,                                                      be safe in the knowledge that we have
                                                                                                     offer a guarantee for single person
                                                        contents insurance and cleaning of                                                        inspected all the properties included
                                                                                                     accommodation; if we cannot offer you
         Accommodation guarantee                        communal areas (townhouses and               family accommodation that suits your
                                                                                                                                                  in the scheme to ensure that they
         If you are a taught postgraduate               studios do not have a cleaning service):                                                  meet ours and the UK government’s
                                                                                                     needs, we will help you to find suitable
         student joining us in October we                                                                                                         standards. You can use the website to
                                                        Accommodation prices (2019/20)               alternatives via the accredited Lancaster
24       guarantee a place in accommodation                                                          University Homes scheme.
                                                                                                                                                  arrange viewings, find housing advice      25
         owned, managed or approved by                  Standard with washbasin £107.03                                                           and access Flatmate Finder to find other
         Lancaster University if you apply for          Standard townhouse room £128.31                                                           postgraduate students to share with.
         accommodation prior to 31st July.              En suite £136.85                                                                          Choose university-approved housing at
         This will normally be a University-            Superior en suite £140.35                                                       
         managed room in the Graduate College,          Single studio £166.95
         but when demand is high we will support
                                                        Double studio £185.64
         you to find off-campus private-sector
         accommodation approved by Lancaster
         University Homes.

         at Lancaster
                                                                           Living costs and budgeting                   Funding and awards                             Charities, trusts and other
                                                                           While living expenses vary depending on      We recommend that you start planning           general funders
                                                                           your lifestyle and needs, rents and some     the financing of your studies 12–18            A wide variety of charitable and other
                                                                           living expenses do tend to be lower at       months in advance of your programme            organisations have funds they make

                                                                           Lancaster than in some urban centres.        start date, as some external awards will       available to prospective postgraduate
                                                                                                                        have application deadlines this early in       students at both Masters and PhD level.
                                                                           Staff in the Fees and Funding Service and
                                                                                                                        the process.                                   The amounts they make available are
                                                                           the Students’ Union can provide practical
                                                                                                                                                                       variable. The funding awards are made on
                                                                           advice on funding, budgeting and general     To help with studying and living costs
                                                                                                                                                                       a competitive basis and have criteria
                                                                           debt. For guidance on student living         a range of scholarships are on offer to
                                                                                                                                                                       related to either academic excellence
                                                                           costs and an interactive budget planner,     postgraduate students.
                                                                                                                                                                       or financial need. Many have additional
                                                                           please visit
                                                                                                                        + A lumni Loyalty Scholarship – this          criteria related to the wider charitable
                                                                                   scholarship offers a reduction in tuition    aims of the organisation.
                                                                                                                          fees of taught Masters programmes and

                                                                           Fees for postgraduate study                    is open to all our Alumni, regardless of
                                                                                                                                                                       Their application deadline dates, and
                                                                                                                                                                       application processes are very varied
                                                                           Our annual tuition fee is set for a            nationality or year of graduation. You do
                                                                                                                                                                       and some have a number of different
                                                                           12-month session, which usually runs           not need to apply for this scholarship;
                                                                                                                                                                       deadlines at times throughout the year.
                                                                           from October to September the following        you will qualify automatically if you meet
                                                                           year. The University will not increase         the eligibility criteria and the course      Further sources of funding may be
                                                                           the tuition fee you are charged during         entry requirements.                          found at
                                                                           the course of an academic year. For                                               
                                                                                                                        + University Scholarships – we offer a
26                                                                         students starting at the University for
                                                                                                                          range of scholarships awarded directly       funding/                                    27
                                                                           the 2020 session, subsequent year’s
                                                                                                                          through our faculties and departments.
                                                                           fees may be subject to increases. For
                                                                                                                          The majority of these scholarships
                                                                           taught postgraduate courses, this will be
                                                                                                                          offer support towards fees, although
                                                                                                                                                                       Postgraduate Loan Scheme
                                                                           capped at 4% from the previous year for                                                     The UK government has introduced a
                                                                                                                          some may also contribute towards
                                                                           all students. For continuing postgraduate                                                   postgraduate loan scheme for students
                                                                                                                          living costs. Competition for these
                                                                           research students from the UK or EU any                                                     undertaking Masters and Doctoral level
                                                                                                                          scholarships is mainly based around
                                                                           increases will be tied to the Research UK                                                   courses. Certain eligibility criteria may
                                                                                                                          academic performance and the number
                                                                           standard fee stipend, whereas the fees                                                      change for 2020. For more information
                                                                                                                          of scholarships and studentships
                                                                           for international postgraduate research                                                     on the schemes available in England,
                                                                                                                          offered varies from year to year.
                                                                           students will be capped at 2.5% per                                                         Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,
                                                                           annum.                                       Additional sources of funding are available    please visit our website.
                           We understand that funding your postgraduate    You can find our 2020/21 fees on our
                                                                                                                        for specific programmes and for students
                                                                                                                        from particular countries/regions.             Find out more about our fees and funding

                             studies may be complicated. Our student       You need to ensure that you have
                                                                                                                        For detailed listings of awards available at
                                                                                                                                                                       options at
                                                                                                                        Lancaster, and for information about how
                             funding team can provide you with advice      access to sufficient funds to cover living
                                                                           expenses and tuition fees across the
                                                                                                                        to apply, please visit our website.

                           and guidance on various aspects of university   duration of your studies.

                                 financial support and budgeting.
Applying to
         We welcome and encourage applications from          What do I need to include with
         all over the world and it is our aim to make the    my application?
         process of applying as straightforward as
                                                             The My Applications website will guide you
         possible. To apply online please visit the
                                                             through the details that you need to provide
         My Applications website at
                                                             and the supporting documentation screen will
                                                             provide you with a list of required documents.
                                                             These will usually include:
         You can apply for most programmes using
                                                             + 	Degree certificates and transcripts of
         My Applications, but a few require you to
                                                               previous higher education (college/university)
         apply through a different route. For example
                                                               degrees. For transcripts in languages other
         an external agency administers applications
                                                               than English, a certified English translation will
         for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
28       (DClinPsy). You will find information about
                                                               be required                                          29
         any external application processes on our           + Personal statement
         online course pages.                                + 	References (we can automatically contact
                                                               your referees once you have submitted your
         If you are applying for a postgraduate research
                                                               application, if you ask us to)
         degree we would advise you to consult our
         departmental web pages prior to submitting an       + 	Research proposal (for research degrees)
         application to pinpoint your research area and      + 	For those where English is not their first
         investigate whether supervision is available at       language, copies of English language test
         Lancaster University. For the majority of our         results
         research programmes, we recommend that
                                                             For detailed information on the English language
         you identify a potential supervisor prior to
                                                             qualifications we accept, please visit:
         submitting a formal application. Once you have
         identified a potential supervisor you should
         apply by using our online application form.
         As part of your application, you will probably
         need to submit a research proposal, which           Questions
         should demonstrate to your potential                If you have any questions about how to apply,
         supervisors that you have identified a piece of     please contact the Postgraduate Admissions
         research that is well thought-out and achievable.   team.
         We do offer some funded PhD studentships,           +44 (0)1524 592032
         and information about these can be found on
         our departmental web pages. If you are applying
         for one of these, please follow the instructions
         on how to apply as it can vary depending on the
         funding body and area of research.

         For help and advice, please refer to our website
         or contact
Our campus is three        By bus and coach                              By car
                                    With a frequent campus-to-city bus            The University is conveniently located
         miles south of the city    service, most students at Lancaster use       just two miles from Junction 33 of the
         of Lancaster and is        the bus for travelling around. Bus services
                                    operate throughout the campus, with the
                                                                                  M6 motorway. Parking permits are
                                                                                  available for students who meet one of
         set among 560 acres        main bus stop located in the underpass,       the qualifying criteria. Visitor parking is
                                    directly underneath Alexandra Square.         available and electric vehicle charging
         of beautiful parkland.     From here, there are at least 14 buses        points are available.

         While the natural          every hour to the city centre during
                                    the day in term-time. There are also
                                                                                  By air
         surroundings give our      regular direct bus services to Lancaster
                                    Railway Station, Morecambe, Preston           It takes about an hour to drive from
         campus a sense of          and Blackpool. Real-time departure            Manchester International Airport to the
                                    information is available on campus and on     University. An hourly rail link from the
         tranquillity, we’re also   our mobile app, iLancaster.                   airport to Lancaster takes around one

         really well connected      Megabus and National Express provide
                                                                                  hour and 20 minutes. The University
                                                                                  provides a coach shuttle service from
         and easy to reach both     direct coach links from the University to
                                    London and other cities across the UK.
                                                                                  Manchester Airport to the campus to
                                                                                  welcome students at Arrivals Weekend
         locally and from further   Find out more at                              and the start of the academic year. If you
                                                                                  arrive at London Heathrow or Gatwick
                                                                                  airport, you can catch a connecting
                                                                                  flight to Manchester. Alternatively, you
                                                                                  can travel from Heathrow or Gatwick to
                                    By bicycle
         For directions to the      Cycling is a very popular way to travel at
                                                                                  Lancaster by train or coach.

         University and to find     Lancaster. A signed cycle route from the
                                    campus to the city centre includes an         By taxi
         out more about travel      off-road cycle path and it takes around       Taxi ranks are located on campus, at
30       at Lancaster University,   20 minutes to cycle between the campus        Lancaster Railway Station and Lancaster                     31
                                    and city centre. We have bicycle parking      Bus Station.
         please visit               across the campus and in the city.
                                    You’ll find cycle paths across the campus       parkland, which link together all parts of    By foot
         travel                     campus including the Health Innovation
                                    Campus to the north and Alexandra
                                                                                  Walking across campus is safe and easy
                                                                                  with a network of paths that are lit at
                                    Park to the south. Find out more at           night. You can walk to the city centre
                                             in less than hour along the University
                                                                                  cycle route.

                                    By rail
                                    Lancaster is on the West Coast Main Line,
                                    which has fast and frequent rail services
                                    to destinations across the UK. By train
                                    London is two and half hours away,
                                    Manchester is one hour away and the
                                    Lake District just 45 minutes away. There
                                    is an hourly train service to Manchester
                                    Airport and Lancaster Railway Station is

                                    situated a five minute walk from the city
                                    centre. There is a direct bus service to
                                    the station from campus.

         we are                                                                                                                 departments
Accounting and Finance                                                                                                            Biomedical and Life Sciences

        The Department of Accounting and Finance takes                                                                                    The Times and Sunday Times Good University
        pride in its established reputation for excellence                                                                                Guide 2019 ranks Lancaster University fifth in
        in both research and teaching. The quality of our                                                                                 the UK for biological sciences. The Division of
        teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level                                                                                  Biomedical and Life Sciences is at the hub of
        is an essential element of our success, and our                                                                                   Lancaster University’s biomedical teaching and
        programmes are highly ranked among the best                                                                                       world-leading research activities.
        in the world.
                                                                                                                                          Our research focuses on the study of the biological aspects of human health
                                                                                                                                          and disease, using state-of-the-art experimental approaches. This includes
        The Department is made up of a diverse group of internationally renowned
                                                                                                                                          the use of biochemical and cellular approaches and complementary studies
        scholars who specialise in key areas including accounting and bank regulation,
                                                                                                                                          in model organisms. Sources of funding for our research include UK research
        corporate finance, financial econometrics and many more. We host weekly
                                                                                                                                          councils (eg BBSRC, MRC, ESRC), charities (eg Wellcome Trust, North West
        seminars with leading researchers from around the world and we have an active
                                                                                                                                          Cancer Research, Alzheimer’s Society) and industry (eg GSK, Renshaw,
        programme of visiting speakers on campus.
        Over the years, our work has been supported by a range of external funding
                                                                                                                                          You will also benefit from our links with NHS Trusts and our excellent teaching
        bodies including the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research
                                                                                                                                          and research facilities including our £4.4m life science laboratories.
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                                                                                                                                          Taught programmes
                                                                                                                                          + Biomedical Science MSc by Research
                                                                                                                                                                                            “The learning environment is very friendly,
        + Advanced Financial Analysis MSc
                                                            and Finance                                             MSc Accounting        + Biomedicine MSc                                 welcoming and supportive. My professors,
                                                            (QS World University Rankings by
                                                                                                                    and Financial
                                                                                                                                                                                            academic adviser and project supervisor
        + Finance MSc
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        + Quantitative Finance MSc                                                                                  Management            Research areas

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                                                                                                                                                                                            the year. If you are looking for a challenging
        + Bank accounting and regulation
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                                                        world for Masters in Finance             to be an Associate Financial
                                                                                                                                          + Immunity and infection                          academic experience with access to world-
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                                                                                                 gained and my interdisciplinary                      Chiedozie Nwafor
        + Asset pricing
                                                                                                 academic background, as well                              MSc Biomedicine
        + Financial econometrics
                                                                                                 as my passion for work and life,
                                                                                                 will definitely help in my career.
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