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Masters Degrees

Our Department has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary Masters training that prepares students for further study and a diverse set of career paths

How to Apply


Tab Content: All MAs

To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.

Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees.

The supporting documentation screen will provide you with a list of required documents. These will usually include:

  • Degree certificates and 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
  • Personal Statement
  • References
  • For those for whom English is not their first language, copies of English language test results (Please note that an application can be made before these results are available, and if a place is then offered this will be conditional upon providing the appropriate results)

Current Lancaster Students

On the My Applications website select ‘Current Lancaster Students’ and log in with your Lancaster University email address. You will then have access to a simplified application form and may not need to provide all the documentation above.

Tab Content: When to apply

You can apply at any time of the year for our MA programmes, but if you wish to be considered for funding, are applying from overseas or require on-campus accommodation, we recommend you apply as early as possible.

Tab Content: Further information

My Applications website and applications 

For questions about your application, please contact the Faculty admissions team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 510880


All MA Programmes

Please get in touch with us if you have specific questions about our programmes or would like to speak with current lecturers or students about their experiences:

Telephone: +44 (0)1524 593148 

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MA funding opportunities


  • Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

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

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

    Find out more about the scheme.

  • Faculty Studentships

    DEADLINE: 5.00 pm GMT, 28th February 2020

    Eligibility: All full-time and part-time students with an offer of a place of study

    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a number of Faculty Scholarships to outstanding UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to study for a Masters Degree or a Masters Degree followed by a PhD (“1+3”) within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

    All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in the Sociology Department before applying for a scholarship, and be due to commence their studies during the 2020-2021 academic year.

    A variety of scholarships will be awarded ranging from fee bursaries to fee bursaries plus maintenance grants up to the value of £15,000.

    Full details of the studentship and application process are available on the Faculty website. Please download the application form from the faculty website and submit to Emma Taylor at by the deadline.

  • ESRC funding - North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP)

    Deadline for 2020-21 applications: 5.00 pm GMT, Monday 3rd February 2020 

    Lancaster University forms part of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) which offers scholarships covering tuition and maintenance for a Masters plus PhD (1+3) or for a PhD alone (+3, +2).

    The pathways available within the Sociology Department are:

    • Criminology, Social Policy and Social Work (MA Social Research, PhD Criminology)
    • Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World (PhD Environment and Society)
    • Social Anthropology (PhD Sociology)
    • Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine (MA Social Research, PhD Sociology, PhD Science Studies)
    • Socio-legal Studies (MA Social Research, PhD Criminology, PhD Law)
    • Sociology (MA Social Research, PhD Sociology)

    Please note that Master's programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3 studentship. The NWSSDTP does not fund standalone Master's programmes.

    Due to the competitive nature of this funding, usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their MA would be successful. 

    Full details of the studentships and application process are available on the Faculty website

  • Other Funding for Postgraduate students and applicants

    Visit the faculty website for details on other funding sources for MA applicants and registered students.

  • UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

    The UK Government provides a loan for students undertaking Master programmes. More details can be found on our Postgraduate Loan Scheme webpage.

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Visiting MA and PhD Students

We welcome visitors from other institutions, to learn, study and help enrich our collaborative intellectual community.

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