How to Apply

Applying for a Masters programme is a simple process and we accept applicants throughout the year. Discover our fees and range of scholarships and funding opportunities to help you finance your postgraduate studies.

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Application Process

We are looking for applicants with a proven academic record who need further skills to achieve their career goals. You will need to demonstrate both academic ability and motivation to secure a place for postgraduate study at Lancaster. For entry requirements, please refer to the course pages.

Applying for a Masters degree is fast and easy. Before you start your application, please have your documents ready to upload (ideally as PDF files). There are no application fees, and the system will highlight which documents you need to provide.

To start your application you will need:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Personal Statement

As a condition of your offer, we will ask you for additional documents, such as those below. You can simply upload these into the online application system once you have them.

  • Language test results (if your first language is not English)
  • Degree certificates
  • Referees - make sure you include their full contact details. You will need at least one referee who can comment on your academic suitability for the course. If your course requires work experience, such as the MBA, one referee should be your line manager.

Further Information


All applications for UK, EU and International applicants must be completed using our online application system. When you apply, you will need to:

  • Complete the form
  • Upload your supporting documents

It's best to apply early as competition for places is intense and if you meet the criteria for scholarships they are often allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Once you have submitted your application, we will review it to determine your suitability. You may be asked to attend an interview before an offer is made. 

Offer Decisions

You will receive an email informing you of our decision, and if you are offered a place you can log on to the online application system to view your offer and reply. If you have already fulfilled all requirements for entry to the course you will be given an unconditional offer. Otherwise, you may be given an offer that is conditional upon upcoming exam or English language results, or receipt of further evidence. If you receive an offer, you will be required to pay a deposit in order to secure your place on the course. If you fail to meet the conditions of your offer, this deposit will be refunded provided that you have made a reasonable attempt to meet any conditions.

Once you have received an offer, you will usually have four weeks to accept the offer in the online application system and pay your deposit to guarantee your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees.

Once you have met the terms of your offer and secured your place with a deposit, you will be ready to start your programme. Before you start, we will send you all the details you will need on accommodation, travel, induction programmes and other pre-arrival information. 

Discover further information on visiting us, and contact our Postgraduate admissions team if you have any queries.

Scholarships and Funding

Fee information can be found on all course pages. Our tuition fees include registration, tuition, exam costs and graduation. Fees are payable on registration at the start of the programme but it's also possible to spread your fee payments over two instalments in October and January. To help you fund your studies, our range of scholarships and funding opportunities are also available. LUMS scholarships are awarded by academic departments in recognition of academic excellence. The very best applicants will be considered for a significant award of up to the full tuition fee. UK applicants with a first class undergraduate or upper second class degree will automatically receive a £3,000 LUMS Country Scholarship.

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We offer a range of scholarships to help you fund your postgraduate studies. If you are awarded a scholarship, you may also be asked to act as a student ambassador or representative for the programme.

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LUMS Country Scholarships - Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Italy, France, Germany, UK

Up to £5000 Please visit our postgraduate scholarships page.

LUMS Programme Scholarships

In recognition of the outstanding talent of many students, we offer a range of prestigious scholarships designed to attract and reward the best students. Last year we awarded more than £2m worth of scholarships.

The awards are made by each individual programme, and are allocated on a rolling basis, so it is advisable to make your application as early in the year as possible to maximise your chances of receiving an award.

Variable Please visit our postgraduate course pages for more details.

Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees for all taught masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate or postgraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

If you hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

If you already hold a postgraduate degree from Lancaster University:
(For students who intend taking a second taught masters programme at Lancaster University)

  • 20% fee reduction for Masters with Distinction degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for Masters with Merit degree holders

Note: the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship will be based on the most recent programme of study undertaken at Lancaster University.

10%-20% fee reduction

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:

  • Hold an undergraduate or masters degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
  • Hold an undergraduate or masters degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana, Sunway University Malaysia or LU College – BJTU Weihai China) or 
  • Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme
  • Some master’s by research programmes may be eligible, contact us to check

The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship; you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements.

CFA scholarship

Students who are already enrolled on our Finance MSc and Accounting and Financial Management MSc programmes can apply for a small number of scholarships that cover the cost of registration for the CFA Level I examination in June. These scholarships are designed to help students gain this qualification.

CFA Level I registration costs Details on how to apply for the CFA scholarships will be automatically sent to students during the summer term.

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Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government provides a postgraduate loan scheme for students undertaking Masters courses.

Non means-tested loans of up to £10,609 are made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses*

For more information, go to the main Lancaster University page or visit the website.

Prodigy Finance 

Prodigy Finance is revolutionising student finance. Our innovative model offers alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top business schools, including Lancaster University Management School. While banks base their loan decisions on historical salaries, Prodigy looks to the future. We assess applicants’ future earning potential (based on the past achievements of similar graduates) to determine loan affordability. Our model is borderless, allowing us to offer competitive rates to over 150 nationalities of students. 


Accepted students into the full-time MBA programme and the MSc Advanced Marketing Management are eligible to apply for a loan with Prodigy.


Interest rates vary depending on individual applicants. See more detail about the terms and conditions, and how to apply for a loan on Prodigy’s website.

Why choose Prodigy? 

  • 150 nationalities covered
  • Competitive interest rates
  • No collateral or guarantees required
  • Easy online process
  • No repayments while you study

Prodigy Finance Ltd is incorporated in the United Kingdom (Company Number 05912562) and registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner (Reg. No. Z9851854). Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713. Prodigy's registered address is Palladium House 1-4 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7LD

*All of the Management School Masters programmes qualify for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme, except the Management (2 Year European Triple Degree) and the International Masters Programme for Managers (IMPM).