Lancaster University selected to offer highly regarded Parliamentary Studies Module

Houses of Parliament at night with multi coloured lights, bright orange cloudy sky and the Thames in the foreground

Lancaster University is one of 23 universities to be awarded the right to deliver the ‘highly regarded’ Parliamentary Studies Module.

The aim of the module is to provide students with a detailed knowledge of how Parliament works in both theory and practice and is delivered in collaboration with the Houses of Parliament.

In connection with the UK Parliament’s commitment to promoting and supporting the study of Parliament, this is the third time that Parliament has sought collaborators to teach the Parliamentary Studies Module following continued and successful engagement with universities throughout the UK since 2013.

The applications were judged by a panel of staff from the Houses of Parliament.

Commenting on today’s announcement Professor Edward Simpson, the Dean for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University, said: “Lancaster University is very excited to be taking part in the UK Parliamentary Studies programme.

“This is a transformational opportunity for our students to learn about Parliament and visit and meet with MPs, Parliamentary staff, Civil Servants and attend sessions in the Commons, Lords and Select Committees.

“It connects our university and region to London and allows our students to feel part of a national institution and set of governmental processes.

“At Lancaster University, the programme will be administered by the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR) but also will be available to students outside of the department.

“With its unique interdisciplinary structure, Richardson Institute (the oldest peace and conflict research centre in the UK), its Ethics, Values and Policy Initiative and wide range of policy-relevant research and engagement activities, PPR is well placed to make the most of this opportunity for Lancaster’s students and to value the direct connection with Parliament.”

Parliamentary Studies is the only higher education module formally approved by the Houses of Parliament and is co-taught by university tutors and officials from the Houses of Parliament.

The Higher Education Institution (HEI) provides academic and theoretical content, and the Houses of Parliament provides practical teaching about the work, processes and business of Parliament.

The Parliamentary Studies Module has been delivered at a number of universities since 2013/14, and the contracts with existing universities will expire next summer.

To find out more about the module to be delivered from the academic year 2024/25 please contact Dr Tom Loughran at

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