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University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

About University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

University  of Central Lancashire is a public university founded in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1828 as Institution For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge . Over the years, UCLan underwent various names and structural changes and adopted its current name in 1992, after it was granted university status by the Privy Council.

 In terms of student numbers, Central Lancashire University is the 19th largest university in the UK.

The university has students, researchers and partnerships with 125 international institutions from over 100 countries

UCLan has 98 professors, over 600 research or knowledge transfer-active members of staff, and 763 research students. There are 246 Honorary Fellows of the university.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Campuses

  • Preston
  • Burnley
  • Westlakes
  • Cyprus

The main campus of Central Lancashire University (UCLan) is located right in the heart of Preston, with smaller campuses in Burnley, Cumbria and Cyprus.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Location Specialities 

Preston is Lancashire's administrative capital, has an estimated 130,000 population, excellent transport links, fantastic countryside, as well as a busy, compact town centre.

According to a 2017 report by Price Waterhouse Coopers and think tank, Demo, Preston is the best city in North West England to live and work in. In recent years it has also been rated the most affordable student town or city in the UK.

The Preston campus  is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre, with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants on the doorstep. Round the campus and the city there are designated cycle lanes.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Accommodation 

The UCLan guarantees accommodation for all first year students, and for all years of study students may stay at UCLan halls.

There is plenty of accommodation available for students in residential UCLan halls, located on the campus. 

Students live in flats which include a kitchen diner and a common area with sofas and TVs in some halls. Room options include cost-effective, standard, premium-standard or en-suite bedrooms, priced as appropriate. Adapted rooms for those students with disabilities are available in halls.


  • UCLan was the first modern university in the UK to be included in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
  • In 2013, QS awarded UCLan the full five stars with a proven track record for specializing in all aspects of international education.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Ranking

  • UCLan is in the top 800 universities globally according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and in top 1000 according to QS ranking 2020 .
  • UCLan has performed really well in the latest league tables and was the UK's biggest riser in the Complete University Guide 2020, rising 27 places and now ranked 75th out of 131.

Teaching Quality

In the first ever 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, UCLan has been awarded a silver quality award for "consistently exceeding specific national quality requirements.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Academic Divisions

  • Lancashire School Of Business And Enterprise
  • Faculty Of Clinical And Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty Of Culture And The Creative Industries
  • Faculty Of Health And Wellbeing
  • Faculty Of Science And Technology

Study Options Available

  • Business And Enterprise
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy And Biomedical Sciences
  • Art, Design And Fashion
  • Journalism, Media And Performance
  • Humanities, Language And Global Studies
  • Law And Social Science
  • Fcci Research
  • Community Health And Midwifery
  • Sport And Health Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Social Work, Care And Community
  • Engineering
  • Forensic And Applied Sciences
  • Physical Sciences And Computing
  • Psychology

Why University of Central Lancashire?

  1. Guaranteed Accommodation : A room in university residence halls is guaranteed to all new full-time students.

  2. High Employability  : more than 95% of graduates are in employment within 6 months of graduation.

  3. Low cost of Living : Campus is located in a place called Preston , which is known as UK’s Cheapest city for students. Also the best place to live and work in the north west.

  4. Safest city : Preston is also the safest city to live.

  5. Excellent Student support : University has dedicated team to assist students in every aspects of their life.

  6.  Free Sports Centre membership:  students can use facilities like fully equipped gym and fitness suite, sports hall and outdoor sports pitches free of cost.

  7. Transportation facility : UCLAN Campus is only a Short walking distance from Preston City Centre, Preston Railway Station and Preston Bus Station. 

How to Reach?

  • Preston is one of the country's most networked cities. The railway station, with direct trains to London and Edinburgh, is only a 10-minute walk from the campus.
  • The nearby train station is a major transportation hub with quick connections to London, Manchester, Liverpool, the Lake District, Glasgow and beyond. Preston also boasts one of the largest bus terminals in Europe.

University of Central Lancashire Tuition Fees

Courses Duration Tuition Fees
Engineering (4 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 12700 - GBP 13700
Science (5 Courses) 3 year GBP 12700 - GBP 13700
Arts (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 12700
Law (1 Courses) 3 year GBP 12700
Media Films (2 Courses) 1 Year - 3 Year GBP 12700
Information Technology (IT) (2 Courses) 3 year GBP 13700
Management (2 Courses) 3 year GBP 12700

University of Central Lancashire Financial Aid

  • Varieties of scholarships are available to international students with an excellent academic and personal record. In 2017/2018, over 1.5 million GBP worth of scholarships were awarded to international students
  • All international scholarships awarded by the institution comes with free membership of the University Sports Centre, free language tuition, free English language support, and free airfare
  • However, scholarships awarded by the school do not apply to students offering Pre-sessional English language programs, distance learning programs, postgraduate research programs, or the MBBS program.
  • The scholarships awarded as financial support for international students in the UK include:
    • Articulation Scholarship worth 2,000 GBP per year for international students from any of the partner institutions of the school in China, Kenya, Malaysia, and Singapore who progress to the school for any of the undergraduate programs except for the MBBS program. The scholarship is automatic as students' applications are screened for eligibility during the application process. Beneficiaries of this scholarship also stand a chance of getting the International Bursary of 1,000 GBP
    • Excellence scholarship worth 3,000 GBP per year for undergraduate and postgraduate international students with an exceptional academic record. This scholarship is automatic as the admission team screen all international students for eligibility and subsequently, reduce the tuition fee by 3,000 GBP for beneficiaries
    • An international bursary of 1,000 GBP is also available to all international students except Chinese Students and students of the MBBS program. This scholarship is also automatic and requires no application
    • Merit scholarship worth 2,000 GBP for undergraduate and postgraduate international students with very good grades before admission into the University of Central Lancashire. This scholarship is automatic and beneficiaries can also be awarded the international bursary worth 1,000 GBP
  • The above-listed scholarships are not the only scholarship available for international students. Students are advised to visit the scholarship page of the school to access the scholarships available to them

Famous Aluminis

UCLan has an extensive list of alumni who are successful leaders and winners of awards in their respective professional fields

  • Ranvir Singh (Journalist and TV Presenter)
  •  Nina Hossain (News Broadcaster)
  •  Polly Billington (Former BBC Journalist)
  • Kerry Wilkinson (Sports Journalist and Author)
  • Duncan Glen (Former Graphic Design Lecturer)
  • Ewan McKendrick (Former Lecturer of Private Law)
  • Michael Thomas (Professor)
  • Angela Wakefield (Fine Artist)
  • Jim Bamber (Cartoonist and Artist)
  • Isioma Daniel (Nigerian Journalist)
  • Victoria Derbyshire (Award-winning Journalist)

These are the few notable names that appear in the list.

English Language Requirements:


  • IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5
  • TOEFL – 80 with minimum subscore of 20.
  • PTE – 55 with minimum of 50 in each component.

Postgraduate :

  • IELTS – 6.5 or equivalent, with no modules less than 6.0.
  • TOEFL – 88 with minimum subscore of 21.
  • PTE – 61 with minimum of 55 in each component.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.


  • Year 0:- 65% in Year 12 English* Or 65% average grade in Year 11 and Year 12 English provided Year 12 is not below 60%
  • Year 1:- 65% in Year 12 English * Or 65% average grade in Year 11 and Year 12 English provided Year 12 is not below 60%


  • 70% in Year 12 English* Or 70% average grade in Year 11 and Year 12 English provided Year 12 is not below 65%

More Details on these Entry Requirements can be found HERE.


Due to the Ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, University of Central Central Lancashire is accepting Duolingo Test Score for 2020 Intake.

The Duolingo Test Scores are as follows:

  • UG – Score of 95 or above.
  • PG – Score of 105 or above.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Highlights

Type of institute Public
Location Preston (main campus)
Mode of Payment Bank transfer or banker's draft, online payment, credit or debit card
Housing facilities Available
Intake Seasons September and January
Financial aid Discounts, Bursary, and scholarships

University of Central Lancashire Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Preston is officially the cheapest city in the UK for students. The following are the categories of the tuition fee payable by the students.

Program Non-Lab Based (GBP) Lab-Based (GBP)
Foundation Course 7,600 8,600
Undergraduate courses 12,700 13,700
Postgraduate Taught 13,200 14,200
Postgraduate Research 13,700 15,200

The total estimated annual cost of attendance for the 2020/2021 academic session is as presented on the table below:

Fees Undergraduate (GBP) Postgraduate (GBP)
Tuition 12,700 – 13,700 13,200 – 15,200
Accommodation 3,242.82 - 4,536 3,242.82 – 5,239.08
Meal 1,500 – 3,000 1,500 – 3,000
Printing, copying, stationery 125 – 500 125 – 500
Travel expenses 0 -3,500 0 -3,500
Books 250 – 500 250 – 500
Miscellaneous 625 – 3,600 625 – 3,600
Total 13,342.82 – 29,336 18,942.82 – 31,539.08

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 11,462


£ 13,556

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 12,674

Campus accommodation

£ 4,139

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.