Residential meetings at Lancaster University

There will be two four-day residential meetings in Part One of the programme. These meetings are compulsory and are designed to allow us to get to know each other and form a learning community, and for us to introduce you to the various modules, the virtual learning platform and associated technologies.

Year One: Four-day residential

The first four-day residential in year one is based on the first three modules - primarily focusing on themes from your first module on Research Methods in Education and Social Science Settings.

Year Two: Four-day residential

The four-day residential meeting at Lancaster University in year two has a particular focus on Module Six, writing a research proposal and thesis preparation as well as workshops on e-Research methods. It also includes reviewing the course to date, looking ahead to the final two modules of Part One and community activities.


The cost of these meetings is additional to the course fees and will be approximately £300.00 per residential, this is dependent on the standard of accommodation required and this costing is based on campus accommodation. Course participants also bear the cost of travel to and from Lancaster.


  • The second year residential dates for our 2019 intake are 31st March - 3rd April, 2020;
  • The first year residential dates for our 2020 intake are 30th March - 2nd April, 2020;
  • The second year residential dates for our 2020 intake are 23rd - 26th March, 2021;
  • The first year residential dates for our 2021 intake are 22nd - 25th March, 2021;
  • The second year residential dates for our 2021 intake are still be arranged.

Accommodation and travel

When you attend residentials you can stay on campus or in Lancaster or the surrounding countryside.  The campus is easily accessible by road, rail and bicycle.  The nearest airports are at Manchester and Liverpool.

Student visitor visas

If you are from a country which appears on the UK's Visa National List (known as visa nationals), you are required to apply for a Student Visitor Visa before travelling to the UK to attend residential meetings. You should apply for this from your nearest British Diplomatic Post, or Visa Application Centre (see web link below)

If you are a student from a country which does not appear on the Visa National List, (known as non-visa nationals) you are not required to obtain prior entry clearance and can travel to the UK and make your immigration application to an immigration officer when you land in the UK.

The Home Office UK Border Agency website provides essential information on applying for a visa.