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Visiting PhD and Masters Scholars

We welcome applications from PhD and MA students registered at other Universities at home and abroad to come to Lancaster for short periods as visiting students.

If you are interested we would encourage you to discuss this possibility informally with a Co-director (Adrian Mackenzie or Lucy Suchman) before submitting an application. This is not essential, but your application will need to be accepted by a staff member.

Applications from SOCRATES/ERASMUS exchange students are very welcome. For details of the exchange programme please visit the Lancaster University International Office.

Opportunities as a Visiting Scholar

Once you are accepted you have all the rights and privileges of a postgraduate student at Lancaster including...

  • Opportunity to attend MA courses
  • For visiting PhD students: Opportunity to take Faculty Research Training Courses
  • Membership of the University Library
  • An email account and, for PhD students, desk space in a shared office
  • Opportunity to attend departmental seminars, colloquia and other activities
  • Supervision by academic staff who has/have agreed to accept you

Please note that if you wish to attend the MA and Faculty course modules you should time your visit so that it falls during the autumn and the spring terms when the majority of those modules are being taught. For a current timetable of MA Courses please contact the MA Co-ordinator.

How to apply

To make an application you will need to send us the following...

  • Completed University of Lancaster postgraduate application form.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Photocopies of relevant academic certificates (under certain circumstances we might ask for these to be validated).
  • A covering letter explaining what you hope to do while you are at Lancaster (courses to be attended, any individual supervision requests, research to be done, etc); the period when you hope to be here;
  • Two letters of support from referees who know your academic work
  • For non-native English speakers only: documentation of your competence in English.

Once we have received these we will make a decision about your application as soon as possible.

If you are accepted, then please note that there are different levels of fees for EC and home students on the one hand, and non-EC students on the other (these are charges on a pro-rata basis, depending on the length of your visit). The fees must be paid upon registration with the Postgraduate Office at the start of your visit.

Any questions you may have about the process or coming to Lancaster please contact our Postgraduate Coordinator, Rachel Hemmings

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