Study Start Programme

Get the best start for your degree at Lancaster University with Study Start: a two-week academic induction for students.

Starting a university degree can seem a daunting prospect. Often students come with many questions, for example:

  • Where is the library and how does it work?
  • What kinds of classes will I have, and will they be similar to those in my previous studies?
  • What conventions do I need to follow when writing essays, reports or dissertations?
  • How can I avoid plagiarism?
  • What is the best way to organise my time so I can get everything done?
  • How can I get good marks on my assignments and exams?

Study Start aims to help you become an independent and confident student, well-prepared for life at Lancaster.

Programme details

You will study in a small class of undergraduate or postgraduate students. Each class has one tutor who guides the group learning, and also supports individual students with feedback and discussions.

Course aims

  • To raise awareness of writing conventions in different academic discourse communities.
  • To develop and practise effective study and time management skills.
  • To develop referencing skill.
  • To raise awareness of the expectations and standards at the appropriate level of study.
  • To maximise students’ chances of succeeding in their degree programmes.
  • For international students, to assist in settling into the academic culture of the UK.


The main assessment method is a written assignment (1000 words) to be submitted in several stages before final submission at the end of the programme. The feedback you get on this assignment will help you decide which aspects of your work to prioritise when your degree coursework starts.

Key dates and fees

Study dates

Monday 16 September – Friday 27 September 2024

2024 programme cost


Please note that this programme is subject to a minimum enrolment of 8 students per undergraduate/postgraduate cohort- if this number is not met, the University reserves the right to cancel the course.

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Arrival and accommodation

Close to the start of your pre-sessional programme, we will email you with information about arrivals, accommodation, and shuttle options from Manchester Airport.

Travel information to campus can be found on our Maps and Travel page.

You do not need to apply for accommodation for our pre-sessional courses. Once you accept your course offer, we will automatically assign you to a room on campus and you will live with other students attending the course. Your room will have a private bathroom and shared kitchen. Accommodation and living costs are not included in the tuition fee. Please contact us if you do not need the accommodation on campus.

The cost for pre-sessional English programmes and Study Start accommodation in 2024 is £177.59 per week for an ensuite room with a private bathroom.

How to apply

The application deadline is 2 August 2024.

If you want to apply for Study Start Programme, please contact the relevant admissions team:

For detailed enquiries such as the content, logistics and arrivals for the Study Start Programme, please email