During the doctoral programme you will be supported at a distance but also at residentials which enable participants to meet and socialise, engage in one-to-one tutorials and participate in seminars and lectures.

The cost of the residential meetings is additional to the course fees and will depend on the standard of accommodation required. Course participants also bear the cost of travel to and from Lancaster.

Attendance at year 1 and 2 residentials is mandatory. Attendance at year 3 and 4 residentials is optional.  Current students and graduates have reported the importance to them of their cohort identity and most students aim to attend the residentials in years 3 and 4.

Accommodation and travel

When you attend residentials you can stay on campus or in Lancaster or the surrounding countryside.  The campus is easily accessible by road, rail and bicycle.  The nearest airports are at Manchester and Liverpool.


Use this link to find schedule of module dates and residentials for the cohort starting in January 2018.

Student visitor visas

If you are from a country which appears on the UK's Visa National List (known as visa nationals), you are required to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before travelling to the UK to attend residential meetings. You should apply for this from your nearest British Diplomatic Post, or Visa Application Centre (see web link below)

If you are a student from a country which does not appear on the Visa National List, (known as non-visa nationals) you are not required to obtain prior entry clearance and can travel to the UK and make your immigration application to an immigration officer when you land in the UK.

The Home Office UK Border Agency website provides essential information on applying for a visa.