• Skills

    A Lancaster graduate in Art typically will have the ability to:

    • Generate ideas, concepts, proposals, solutions or arguments independently and collaboratively in response to set briefs and self-initiated activity.

    • Use convergent and divergent thinking in observing, investigating, visualising and making; develop ideas through to material outcomes.

    • Manage interaction between intention, process, outcome, context and dissemination.

    • Employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools with skill and imagination.

    • Study independently, set goals, manage their own workloads and meet deadlines. Also, anticipate and accommodate change, and handle ambiguity, uncertainty, and unfamiliarity.

    • Analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation.

    • Interact effectively with others through collaboration, collective endeavour and negotiation; apply resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skills to their own practice or that of others.

    • Articulate ideas and information in visual, oral and written forms and present ideas and work to audiences in a range of situations.

    • Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information; employ communication and IT skills. 

  • Career options
  • Further study
  • Specialist vacancy sources
  • Professional bodies
  • Placements & internships

    School volunteering placement module

    If you are thinking of a career in teaching, our placements offer you the opportunity to work for half a day a week throughout a term in a Primary, Secondary or Special Needs school. The optional placement module is offered in year 2 and enables you to work alongside a teacher and gain valuable classroom experience; it will normally provide you with the opportunity to teach the class or to work with a designated group of pupils. You will develop a range of employability skills and develop your knowledge and understanding of an educational issue through a project linked to your school. The placement is for approximately three hours per week and you will be supported by a series of seminars that guide you through your project.

    Employability Module: Creative Enterprise

    This third year module provides an opportunity for you to develop your understanding of the innovative ways in which creative practitioners produce and deliver their work. It provides an overview of the challenges faced by freelance practitioners, producers and small cultural companies within the creative industries. You will also develop a working understanding of the key management and enterprise skills involved in delivering creative projects. Working in groups you will put your learning into practice through the delivery of your own live creative arts project. This will enable you to understand the skills, knowledge, attributes and behaviours relevant for employment in the arts and creative industries.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    LICA’s academic staff are professional artists and practitioners who combine theoretical knowledge and research with their teaching career and their passion for the subject. We invite visiting artists and practitioners to give talks, show their work and engage with our students, and have excellent industry links UK-wide. This environment is ideal for you to start developing yourself as a professional and forming your own network of professional contacts.

    Find out more about placements and internships within FASS.

  • Skills

    A Lancaster graduate in Languages and Cultures typically will have the ability to:

    • Read, write, listen to and speak in a foreign language to levels of ability appropriate to the target language and to the learning outcomes of the degree programme. 

    • Use reference materials effectively to learn other languages with relative ease. 

    • Apply analytical, critical and specialist skills drawn from other areas of study such as literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, social or economic structures, often related to business, legal, creative, technological or scientific contexts. 

    • Appreciate the internal diversity and cross-cultural connectedness of cultures and show curiosity and openness towards other cultures. 

    • Reflect and judge critically in the light of evidence and argument. 

    • Organise and present ideas in a framework of a structured and reasoned argument. 

    • Be self-reliant, adaptable and flexible. 

    • Deploy skills in ICT, in note taking and summarising, library research, mediation, analysis and problem solving. 

    • Write and think under pressure and meet deadlines. 

    • Communicate and work creatively and flexibly with others.

  • Career options
  • Further study
  • Specialist vacancy sources
  • Professional bodies
  • Placements & internships

    Year Abroad (study or work Placement)

    Your year abroad takes place in the third year of your degree and many students describe this as a life-changing experience. Our language degrees offer flexibility with your year abroad; enabling you to study at a partner institution, conduct a work placement, teach with the British Council, or a combination of these. In recent years students have undertaken some fantastic paid work placements overseas – here are just a few examples:


    • Administrative and Commercial Assistant, JCM Conseil Immobilier (Papeete, Tahiti)
    • Website Coordinator and Client Liaison, Roomlala (Paris, France)
    • Cinema Festival Event Coordinator, MJC Annonay(Annonay, France)


    • Project Management Trainee, IFH Performance Solutions (Frankfurt, Germany)
    • Translator and Media Intern, Siemens Nixdorf (Paderborn, Germany)
    • Marketing Assistant, Bricoflor (Wuppertal, Germany)


    • Travel Agency Intern (Montevideo, Uruguay)
    • Teaching Assistant, SEK (Galicia, Spain)
    • Public Relations Intern, Marco de Comunicación (Madrid, Spain)

    As a Language Assistant you would work for the British Council and support the teaching of English in a school or university, planning activities and producing resources to help students improve their English as well as introducing UK contemporary culture through classroom and extra-curricular activities. You may also support the running of international projects and activities.

    In year two, our non-credit bearing 'Year Abroad Preparation' module will take you through the administrative, academic, financial and welfare matters that you should be aware of in order to fully enjoy this exciting opportunity.

    Work Placement Module - Professional Contexts for Modern Languages

    This optional second year module aims to support you in applying your linguistic and cultural understanding in a specific professional context and reflecting on key issues in relation to your placement organisation. You would typically spend between 25-30 hours over a period of 10 weeks engaging with a placement organisation on a voluntary basis. Alternatively you could undertake a 'block' placement over a two to three week period during the Easter vacation. We have developed a number of local work placements, including some in schools, but you could also source your own placement (subject to departmental approval). We provide workshops to prepare you for the placement beforehand.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    We regularly invite guest lecturers to visit the department. Recently the award-winning German author and performance poet, Ulrike Almut Sandig, ran a masterclass in performance poetry with first and second year students. Such events really bring literary texts to life so that they literally leap off the page.

    We also engage with language professionals to bring real-world experience into the academic environment. In 2018 we hosted Roman Ehrlich, a young German contemporary writer to listen to our students’ translation of his work. Michael Krüger, a German publisher, shared with students his life in literary publishing. Benoît Peeters, Professor of Graphic Fiction and Comic Arts, worked with our second and final-year students on translating comics and Canan Marasligil, multilingual translator and poet of Turkish origin, offered comics and video translation workshops to our students between French, Spanish, and English.

    Find out more about placements and internships within FASS.

  • Skills

    A Lancaster graduate in Law typically will have the ability to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the principal features of the legal system(s) studied. 

    • Apply knowledge to a situation of limited complexity so as to provide arguable conclusions for concrete actual or hypothetical problems. 

    • Identify accurately issues that require researching. 

    • Identify and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using relevant primary and secondary legal sources. 

    • Recognise and rank items and issues in terms of relevance and importance. 

    • Judge critically the merits of particular arguments. 

    • Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions. 

    • Act independently in planning and undertaking tasks, and when working in groups contributes effectively to the group’s task.

    • Research independently in areas of law not previously studied. 

    • Read and discuss legal materials, written in technical and complex language.

    • Present knowledge or an argument in a way that is comprehensible to others and which is directed at their concerns. 

    • Use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form. 

  • Career options
  • Further study
  • Specialist vacancy sources
  • Professional bodies
  • Placements & internships

    At Lancaster University Law School, we believe that one of the best ways for students to learn is through practice and, while we recognise that not everyone studying for a qualifying Law degree will choose to pursue a legal career, we do believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to explore that option during their time here. We offer these voluntary opportunities to all students as either part of their studies or extracurricular activities.

    Miscarriages of Justice Clinic

    You can be involved with the Miscarriages of Justice Clinic as both an extra-curricular activity and as an assessed, optional module. You will investigate ‘real life’ cases where there has been a potential miscarriage of justice with a view to referring the case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The scheme it is run by solicitors and barristers who supervise the work, and the assistance is undertaken Pro Bono to persons convicted of a crime but who have maintained their innocence and exhausted their appeals process.

    Law Clinic

    You can work in the Law Clinic as part of your degree or as an extra-curricular activity. Being involved in the Law Clinic enables you to gain invaluable experience delivering legal advice to clients, developing their communication skills, practising interviewing, drafting advice and managing case files.

    The Law Clinic provides legal advice and information on a range of issues including family, employment, consumer, and tenancy issues. In addition, by working in partnership with North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau, we can provide legal advice to people from across Lancaster and Morecambe. A pop-up clinic moves around organisations within the community, including a local food bank, a supported housing project, and a youth organisation.

    The aim of the Clinic is to provide high quality legal advice and information while offering practical experience to our Law students. The advice is supervised by qualified barristers and solicitors and the Clinic works closely with local firms of solicitors who also provide supervision to students. The Law Clinic is committed to sustaining and developing its links with other advice agencies, local firms and individuals. It is also a member of LawWorks and adheres to their Protocol on Pro Bono work.


    Streetlaw is offered as a third year module and as an extra-curricular activity. Streetlaw sessions are delivered by our law students, who put together interactive presentations/lessons on topical issues of the law that will be of interest to school pupils or members of community groups. The aim of the sessions are to inform groups about particular areas of the law and their legal rights and responsibilities. Students research, design, and deliver the interactive sessions whilst being supervised by a legally qualified member of staff.

    Examples of recent Streetlaw projects:

    • School Admissions Presentation at a Pre School Centre
      Our students presented to parents at a local nursery about their rights surrounding school admissions.

    • Lancaster District Homeless Action Service & Oak Tree House
      Our students delivered presentations on family law issues and police powers.

    • Campus in the City
      Presentations for the general public covered the importance of making a will, family law issues, consumer rights, social media safety, and facts surrounding universal credit.

    Reserved Work Experience Placements - Voluntary or Paid

    The Law School’s strong links with the professions means that you will be able to apply for work experience placements exclusively reserved for those in the Law School. Placement opportunities include those at local, national, and regional solicitors’ firms and barristers chambers; and judicial marshalling, an opportunity rarely afforded to students, where you sit alongside a judge in the Crown Court.

    Access to the Professions Placement Scheme

    Alumni generosity has allowed us to provide a scholarship fund to assist students in gaining work experience in the legal profession. You can apply for money to support your costs whilst on placement, such as accommodation and travel.

    Voluntary Work Placement - Citizens Advice Bureau

    The Law School works in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau as part of the Law Clinic scheme. However other general volunteering opportunities are available for you to work directly within the organisation. Whether it’s providing relevant assistance to clients as an Advisor, or taking on an administrative role as a Casework Assistant, the Citizens Advice Bureau gives you the chance to give back to the local community using the skills obtained from your degree, as well as obtaining practical experience working with clients.

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Each year, we support and encourage our students to consider and develop their career prospects, and to explore the many opportunities both within and beyond the legal sector. Those wishing to pursue a legal career can benefit from our strong links with the legal professions and begin to establish links of their own.

    • Law Society
      Our active, student-run Law Society organises mooting and negotiation competitions, and a range of careers and social events.

    • Liaising with Lawyers
      This event welcomes practising solicitors and barristers from around the country to the Law School to give a series of talks on life in legal practice. You will have the opportunity to network and to ask questions, providing a real insight into the profession.

    • Judicial Lecture Series
      Members of the judiciary regularly visit the Law School to discuss their work and meet with students. Most recently, Lord Justice Ryder, Senior President of the Tribunals and a Court of Appeal judge, gave a lecture to students on his career and the role of tribunals in forging a path for lawyers seeking judicial office.

    • Law Careers Fair
      This event is specifically for those seeking to enter legal practice. Representatives from Law firms across the country attend and provide students with the opportunity to network and learn more about firms they are considering applying to. Regular attendees include Ashurst, Pinsent Masons, and Bird & Bird.

    • Careers Dinner
      An opportunity to meet partners and trainees from law firms and chat informally about possible career options. Regular attendees include DLA Piper, White & Case, and Allen & Overy.

    • Careers support
      Practising lawyers run the Law School careers clinic, and will assist you on a one-to-one basis with job applications and CVs, running mock interviews, and providing general careers advice and guidance. You can also take part in a range of workshops and mock interviews, and these can be tailored to specific jobs you have applied for.

    • Inns of Court trip
      For those seeking a career at the Bar, this annual trip will enable you to experience life as a barrister and talk with current BPTC students as well as practising barristers about this career path.


    Find out more about placements and internships within FASS. 

Media and Cultural Studies


  • Skills

    A Lancaster graduate in Philosophy typically will have the ability to: 

    • Accurately identify underlying issues in all kinds of debate and use and criticise specialised philosophical terminology.

    • Think logically and present the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.

    • Sensitively interpret thoughts and ideas drawn from both history and current trends and assess arguments presented.

    • Consider unfamiliar ideas; extract, analyse and construct sound arguments and to identify logical inconsistency.

    • The ability to work with and in relation to others through the presentation of ideas and information and the collective negotiation of solutions.

    • The ability to handle information and argument in a critical and self reflective manner and evaluate opposing arguments.

    • Ability to cross traditional subject boundaries, examining the limitations and virtues of other disciplines and practices, and recognising philosophical doctrines in unfamiliar places

    • Ability to apply philosophical skills and techniques to issues.

    • Develop the ability to reflect clearly and critically on oral and written sources, employing powers of imagination as well as analysis.

  • Career options
  • Further study

    Find out more about postgraduate research in The Department of Politics Philosophy and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University. 

  • Specialist vacancy sources
  • Professional bodies
  • Placements & internships

    The Richardson Institute Internship Programme

    The Richardson Institute is the oldest Peace Studies centre in the UK and was established in 1959 in the spirit of the Quaker scientist, Lewis Fry Richardson. The Richardson Institute is an interdisciplinary forum for cutting-edge research into peace and conflict, and is open to all students within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    Each year the Institute provides over 60 voluntary internships which enable undergraduate students to work with external organisations on research projects. Recent interns have worked with NGOs, think tanks, charities and faith based organisations on project themes such as Religion and Borders and Religion and Conflict Situations. You will work on the project alongside your studies throughout the academic year and your project supervisor will support you with research training and interactive workshops.

    School Volunteering Placement Module: PPR in Education

    This optional placement module will give you experience in a classroom, including classroom observation, teacher assistance, as well as teaching small groups (under supervision). You’ll develop transferable skills and will be required to reflect on how your subject area is experienced by learners, delivered in other parts of the educational sector, and applied in a classroom setting.  

    Extra-Curricular Activities

    We offer a wide range of support for preparing students for life after university. All our programmes offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and experience with a range of different employment paths in mind. As a PPR student, you will be allocated an academic tutor, who will offer you regular one-to-one guidance on developing and recording the transferable skills and experience that will make you highly employable after your degree. All our modules are developed with such skills-building in mind.

    As well as the above work experience modules, you will be encouraged to participate in Active Research and field studies with external partners. We hold career guidance workshops specifically for students of each of our core subjects and our dedicated careers tutor offers individual advice on how to plan ahead and make the most of the opportunities we offer.


    Find out more about placements and internships within FASS.


Religious Studies