How to Apply

Application Process

Applications for postgraduate study at Lancaster are made directly to the university via our dedicated postgraduate admissions website. Online applications are available at MyLancaster admissions portal which provides full details of what you need to include with your application. These will usually include:

  • transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying. Note that, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
  • 2 references, at least one must be an academic reference.
  • for those for whom English is not their first language, copies of English language test results. The English Language requirements for LICA Postgraduate students are 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent) overall with a minimum of 6.0 IELTS (or equivalent) in all components.

Once your application has been received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office it will be checked to ensure all required documents have been submitted and it will then be passed on to the Department for consideration. You may be contacted by the Postgraduate Admissions Office or the Department to discuss your application further.

Additional Requirements by Scheme

  • In addition to the above requirements we require a PhD Proposal Form. Once completed, please upload your proposal form to your online application.
  • Practice based Research applicants are also required to submit a portfolio.


If you are applying for a Practice based Research PhD you will need to submit a portfolio with your application.

What can I submit as a portfolio? The preferred submission would be an uploaded document to your application, for example a pdf or a small music or video file. If it is not possible to upload your portfolio then we will accept the following formats:

  • DVD in a readable format
  • CD in a readable format
  • Book/bound portfolio (paperback or hardback)
  • A link to an online video site (such as YouTube) if the video quality is very good

What we will not accept as a portfolio:

  • A link to an online video site (such as YouTube) if the video quality is poor/average
  • A poor quality submission that does not allow the Department to clearly see/hear a demonstration of your practical work.

Personal Statement Guidance

Applicants are required to complete a Personal Statement (minimum 100 words) as part of the application process. Please use the following guidance on how to complete the Personal Statement in your own words:

  • Why did you choose Lancaster University and the course you are applying for?
  • What makes you a suitable candidate for the course you are applying for?
  • What can you contribute to the course?
  • What benefits do you expect to gain from the course?
  • How is the course related to your academic and/or career development.

Deadline for your application

The deadline for applications is 31 August for UK/EU applicants and 31 July for Overseas applicants. However, if you are applying for funding you will need to apply at least 6 weeks before the funding body's deadline.