Why Lancaster?

Lancaster University is a campus university dedicated to excellence through teaching and research. It is consistently rated as one of the top UK universities for research and teaching and carries an international reputation for quality within Higher Education.

Situated in Lancaster University's parkland campus, the Faculty of Health and Medicine was formally established in August 2008. The Faculty brings together a critical mass of expertise in teaching, research and outreach from four established divisions and their associated centres: Biomedical and Life Sciences, CETAD, Health Research and Lancaster Medical School.

An Outstanding Learning Environment

The campus is set within its own parkland grounds and everything you need is on campus – shops and banks, sports facilities, public arts, accommodation, restaurants, libraries, computing and study facilities, college bars and coffee bars.

Lancaster is a vibrant student-friendly city. Just ten minutes by bus from the University it is filled with pubs, clubs, theatres, markets and shops. Lancaster city centre and the University are complemented by the amazing area around it. From the breathtaking Lake District to shopping in Manchester and Liverpool, and the easy access to London on the direct train line, Lancaster is never far away from anything you could want.

Flexible Degree Programmes

In FHM, we recognise that there is no such thing as a 'standard' student, and that education has to meet the needs of individuals. At Lancaster we believe that our modern flexible degree schemes mean that our graduates are well equipped to deal with the multidisciplinary work environments of today and tomorrow.

We also offer a wide-range of modes of study, so whether you are looking for access courses, undergraduate or postgraduate level, professional development opportunities, distance-learning, part-time or full-time study, you'll find an option to suit your needs.

Exchange Opportunities in the Faculty of Health and Medicine

The Faculty encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad either through the European Union's exchange programmes or by attending one of our partner institutions in Europe and North America for all or part of an academic year. We are also delighted to welcome students from all corners of the globe to study with us here at Lancaster, whether on a semester - or year-long exchange programme or by registering for an entire degree with us. Unfortunately, we do not currently offer overseas places for the Medicine degree.

Innovative Teaching

The Faculty is committed to giving students access to a broad range of learning environments ranging from traditional lectures, small groups and practical sessions through to interactive workshops, student-led seminars, problem-based learning and web-based delivery. Our over-arching aim is to provide our students with every opportunity to develop a broad range of subject-specific and generic skills that will equip them to achieve their full potential in the increasingly competitive world of work.


Preparing you for the job market and helping you build a successful career is top of our agenda at Lancaster. We are committed to producing articulate, reflective and industrious graduates who have excellent subject knowledge, a broad range of transferable skills and an awareness of the needs of employers. Lancaster University's Personal Development Planner (LUPDP) is an on-line facility available to each undergraduate student. It is a private and confidential system which is designed and structured to encourage you to recognise, record, plan and assess the skills and experiences you gain, as you progress through your degree. By developing a greater sense of self-awareness, and accumulating evidence, it will be easier to compile effective CVs and application forms needed to inform your future academic and career choices.

We have access to excellent networks of large and small employers through projects, placements and guest lectures. Through Careers we provide an extensive range of services and activities to help you make informed decisions about your potential career choices. Provision includes one-to-one consultations, comprehensive web site and careers information resources, career development programmes and workshops to help you with the job application process, and providing training in recruitment and selection processes including psychometric aptitude testing.

Our postgraduate teaching programmes are designed to allow both full-time study and part-time flexible study options for busy professionals, with leading researchers in their fields conducting the teaching. Depending on the student's requirements, these programmes allow students access to expertise across Lancaster University, including the Lancaster University Management School. This teaching can range from one-off opportunities for continuing professional development, through flexible modular teaching programmes allowing students to focus on specific areas of interest, to Masters and Doctoral-level programmes allowing students to conduct research relevant to their own interests.

Facilities at Lancaster's Faculty of Health and Medicine

We believe that our students deserve the very best facilities in which to study and develop. From modern multi-media lecture theatres and laboratories, through interactive web-based course support, to excellent library facilities and IT provision, we aim to ensure that your experience will be as productive and enjoyable as possible.

The Faculty has benefited from a multi-million pound investment for teaching and research facilities. The new practical laboratories in the Faraday Building can hold up to 100 students and contain all of the equipment needed for practical sessions. The new £1.6m Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre provides students with a state of the art learning resource to study the human body using detailed anatomical models and high-quality DVD screen-based presentations. There are excellent facilities for carrying out biomedical research including a DeltaVision deconvoluting microscope, confocal microscopes, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, an ion trap mass spectrometer with online HPLC for proteomics and metabolomics, GC-MS, a Typhoon variable mode fluorescent imager, real time PCR, flow cytometry, DNA sequencing, HPLC and protein purification equipment.

An International Community

Lancaster University is one of the world's leading research-led institutions. Our extensive range of degree, masters and PhD level programmes are recognised internationally and with over 1,500 international students from over 100 different countries you will be joining a friendly and cosmopolitan community.

A Supportive Environment for Learning

Lancaster University is well-known for its excellent academic reputation, but we also pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest and most supportive universities you could hope to find, as well as being in an attractive and healthy setting, with plenty going on for students.

A distinctive feature of Lancaster is our College System. Lancaster is different from most other universities, with every student here being a member of one of the nine Colleges on campus. This means that as well as being one of our 12,000 students here, you're also part of the small, friendly community of your chosen college.

Each college has its own individual character and they are busy centres of social, recreational and educational activity. To ensure your social and welfare needs are well-catered for they each have their own social facilities, bar, games rooms, Porters' Lodge and administrative staff. Many have IT suites and printing facilities.

The college structure makes it easy to get to know people and provides a supportive, friendly community atmosphere for new students.

All on-campus accommodation is located in the colleges, with a variety of rooms adapted for disabled students, as well as designated helper rooms adjacent to them, where required.

There is a Health Centre on campus, staffed 24 hours a day by medical professionals. The same medical team runs a city-centre practice, for off-campus students. There is also a Dental Surgery and a Pharmacy on campus.

All students are allocated a Personal Tutor and there are several different welfare networks as well as trained counsellors on campus.