The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. ‘Ex solo ad solem’, or in translation, ‘From the Earth to the Sun’, has been its motto ever since – helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their potential is what UCLan’s all about.
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  • 2 PhDs
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Today UCLan is one of the UK’s largest universities. With a student and staff community approaching 38,000 it is the fifth largest employer in the North West of England.

Internationally UCLan has academic partners in all regions of the globe and it is on a world stage that the first class quality of its education was first recognised.

The University has an increasingly thriving campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture.

Amongst its programme portfolio of some 400 undergraduate and 200+ postgraduate courses, UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as Fashion and Forensic Science to more recent additions such as Dentistry and, new for 2015, undergraduate Medicine which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.

Aerospace Engineering is another new programme, part of UCLan’s commitment to grow its portfolio of engineering-related courses, and is coupled with the development of a £30 million+ Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).The aim is to provide a rich source of new graduates that reflect the economic priorities of the North West, the UK and indeed the global economy.

The EIC forms a key pillar of the University’s £200 million Campus Masterplanwhich over the next 10 years will create a world-class educational environment that blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to benefit the University, the City of Preston, and the economy of the North West. UCLan’s plans are being informed by the local, regional, business and civic communities, with whom it continues to build close relationships.

Creating a remodelled campus environment will help drive UCLan’s commitment to academic excellence, striving to ensure that its teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange activities are all recognised as being of exceptional quality. The impact is perhaps best seen in the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework: all 16 subject areas in which UCLan’s research was assessed were judged to contain ‘world leading’ quality.

The University’s reputation as a regional economy powerhouse has been boosted through its strong track record in supporting graduate business start-ups; UCLan is ranked as the leading UK university for incubated start-up businesses still active after three years of trading. It is ranked second in the UK for the number of graduate start-ups still active overall and ranked third in the UK for estimate turnover for active firms. In the last five years UCLan has helped over 1,000 students or graduates start a business or became self-employed, the second highest figure in the UK.

In the future UCLan will enhance its standing as an institution with a world-class academic reputation firmly rooted in modern-day relevance. It is a future which focuses on the provision of innovative thinking – for the real world.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)!


  • Library
The Library offers a variety of flexible, modern spaces to accommodate all types of learning and study styles. There are group study areas and bookable rooms, individual desks, open access PCs and a Media Suite with Apple Macs.
  • UCLan Sports Arena
In April 2000 UCLan Sports Arena (formerly Preston Sports Arena) was opened by HRH the Princess Royal. Sport is one of UCLans key areas for development and the outstanding Sports Arena has a significant role in improving sport for students. UCLan Sports Arena is also available for the wider Preston community, who benefit from the excellent opportunities open to them at the Citys premier multi-sports venue.
  • Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre
Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre (STFSC) is UCLans multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, purpose built indoor facility on the main University Campus.
The outstanding facilities were recognised ahead of the London 2012 Olympics when UCLan was an official Olympic training camp. Fifteen Pacific countries completed their preparations at UCLan. The athletes from Fiji, Guam, Samoa and Tuvalu competed in athletics, archery, judo, mountain biking, swimming and wrestling at the Games.

The outstanding facilities were recognised ahead of the London 2012 Olympics when UCLan was an official Olympic training camp. Fifteen Pacific countries completed their preparations at UCLan. The athletes from Fiji, Guam, Samoa and Tuvalu competed in athletics, archery, judo, mountain biking, swimming and wrestling at the Games.

· A £200 million Campus Masterplan is set to draw the city and campus even closer together, creating new green public spaces and improving access for pedestrians and cyclists. With traditional and contemporary shopping experiences, a thriving café culture and busy yet safe evening social scene, Preston also boasts beautiful parks, culturally-important museums and a thriving marina and docks area.

· UcLan is continuing to invest in your future! We have the £12.5 million JB Firth building where UCLan’s forensic science, chemistry and fire engineering courses are taught. There is also a new £5.3 million Allen Building, housing the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine; and then we have the £15 million ‘Media Factory’ which incorporates state-of-the-art facilities for digital media and performing arts students. We also have exciting plans to continue growing and developing UCLan’s facilities, with a state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre, due to open on the Preston Campus in 2008, costing more than £30 million.

· We have a full range of support services for students,including a one-stop student information centre; a free counselling service; a Medical Centre; a pre-school centre and a Multi-Faith Centre.

Student Life

  • Your Students' Union has more to offer than a good night out, so find out how you can get involved now!
  • Nightlife: Preston has something for everyone: bars, theatres, cinema and nightclub, 53 Degrees all on your doorstep.
  • Social Media: Talk to future students, current students and our Alumni on UCLan's Facebook or Twitter pages.
  • UCLAN Youtube: Find out more about UCLan through our YouTube channel.
  • Student views: Read what our students think of student life at UCLan including study, work and social times
  • Visit Preston: Preston is a young city packed with energy, vitality and culture. Find out what's on offer in and around Preston.
  • Two multi-screen cinemas nearby and one independent cinema on Campus

  • A great range of shops, no matter what your budget.

  • Regular cultural events like the European Markets, Caribbean Carnival and Preston Mela, which celebrates Asian culture and community

  • UCLan Sports Arena - best in the North West

  • Harris Museum and Art Gallery – more than a place to exercise your brain cells! Lots of interesting, exciting exhibitions which change regularly

  • Guildhall entertainment complex - the place for shows, bands and pantomimes at Christmas


  • RIBA
  • British Council
  • CIM
  • CIPR

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

Preston, England, United Kingdom

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