School of Engineering

We offer accredited degree programmes in Engineering, Construction and Architecture, supported by excellent industry links including the option for industrial work placements.

You will be provided with exciting, hands-on experiences to develop the practical engineering skills you need to get noticed by employers. You will also have the opportunity to carry out research and work with commercial partners in our world-class £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre. Our close links with industry means that you’ll learn current best practice. We also work with a number of professional bodies and learned societies to ensure that you benefit from teaching support, research and commercial activities.

Key features:

  • Develop specialist skills according to your interests and ambitions.
  • Undertake a professional placement in industry to enhance your skills and boost your employability.
  • Access cutting-edge resources such as our Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technology facility.
  • Work on real-world engineering problems with clients in our Engineering Innovation Centre.
  • Many courses accredited by professional bodies such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


  • We were awarded Athena Swan Bronze status, in recognition of our direct support for women within the School of Engineering, enabling women students to transition successfully into industry. The Athena Swan project is a charter scheme, aiming to address issues around gender and diversity.  Our Women’s Engineering Network - a friendly group of women students and staff - regularly meet to explore all aspects of engineering and to offer each other mutual support at university and beyond.

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Aerospace Engineering

Benefit from significant investment in the latest high-quality equipment and facilities available through our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre. Including immersive and desktop flight simulators, additive manufacturing, intelligent systems and composites workshops.


The Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture (GBIA) is home to architecture courses at the University of Central Lancashire. We aim to provoke debate, encourage diversity and develop advances in the profession, placing particular emphasis on conservation, sustainability and environmental issues.

Civil Engineering

Immerse yourself in the concepts and applications of the building blocks of civil engineering on our industry led courses. Founded with strong industry links, our civil engineering courses are different in respect of our unique location, situated in a region which boasts a wide range of cutting-edge engineering and technological-advanced organisations.

Construction and Surveying

Develop the analytical and intellectual skills you need for a successful career in construction and surveying on our accredited hands-on courses. You’ll benefit from working on real-life projects and case studies alongside tutors who have close links with industry.

Our facilities

Our new award-winning £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a state-of-the-art facility on our Preston Campus. The EIC provides an integrated space for teaching, research and direct links with industry, ready to establish the University as one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering innovation

Professional placements

Many of our programmes include the option to undertake a professional placement in industry. This will give you invaluable experience and make you stand out to potential employers

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Training and consultancy

UCLan PROTECT brings together highly experienced professionals from across our many academic departments to provide plans, processes and skills development to support emergency/crisis management and organisational resilience.

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CPD and short courses

Our short courses are taught by leading academics and professionals who have a wealth of experience and undertake sector-leading research in their specialist fields, which include combustion, explosions and fire safety engineering; fire chemistry and toxicity; and hazards, disasters and emergencies. Programmes have been designed and developed with employers and professional bodies and taught by experts in combustion, explosions and fire safety engineering. You’ll have access to dedicated fire laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for small and intermediate scale experiments and facilities at Washington Hall, the UK’s international fire, training and development centre.