Our academics produce high-quality international and world-leading research that addresses today’s challenges.

At the University of Central Lancashire, we offer a wide range of postgraduate research-based degrees. Our degrees are perfect for those pursuing an academic career and a future in research. You'll get the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of human knowledge and make a positive difference to the world.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), a government assessment of the quality of research across UK Higher Education, two-thirds of our submissions were recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. This highlights our commitment to producing cutting-edge research and academic excellence.

Our longstanding mission to transform lives extends to every corner of the globe - from educating deaf students in India to solving crime and improving maternity care worldwide.

Discover our research

Our computing and technology building in Preston, with our logo on the side.

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Institutes

Our Research and Knowledge Exchange Institutes, established in 2024, enhance the quality of our research environment and create more opportunities to achieve world- leading impact through their activities.

  • 900+

    Research or knowledge transfer-active colleagues
  • £7.3m

    Total annual research income
  • 800+

    Research students currently enrolled
  • 72%

    Submissions to REF2021 classified as having outstanding or very considerable impact
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