Making your application
To apply for any of our Masters programmes, you will need to use the University's online application form.
When you prepare your online application, there will be a section entitled ‘Evidence’ in the primary menu, where you will see a list of documents that you need to submit to enable us to review your application. The documents listed will be categorised as ‘Essential’ or ‘Additional’. If an item is given as ‘Essential’, this means that we will not be able to start reviewing your application until we have received this particular item. For example, we cannot look at an application until we have received an official copy of your degree transcript and at least one academic reference.
As part of your application, you are asked to nominate two referees who can comment on your suitability for the programme. Your referees should be people who are able to make a judgment on your academic ability and – where applicable – your professional experience. The references can be submitted on official Lancaster University reference forms or on official letter-headed stationery and should be signed by the referee.
Once you have submitted your application, it will be allocated an 8-digit application reference number. It is important that you quote this number whenever you contact us about your application.
When we assess your application, we look not only at your academic background and other qualifications, but also at your rationale for studying with us and what makes you a suitable candidate for the programme you have chosen. It is therefore important that you think carefully about the ‘Personal Statement’ section of your application.
In your Personal Statement, you should explain:
*Why you wish to study the programme *What you feel you can contribute to the programme *What benefits you expect to gain from your period of study and how it relates to your academic and/or career development *What relevant experience you have of the subjects covered by the programme
The Personal Statement should be a minimum of 100 words but should not exceed 600 words.
Closing date for applications
As entry to the programme is competitive, we recommend that you apply as early as possible, and certainly before the end of June.
Offers of a place
You will receive an acknowledgement of your application as soon as you submit it. You will then receive a further email when we begin to review your application. We will notify you as soon as possible of our decision, again by email. If we offer you a place on the programme, the offer email will include a date by which we need you to inform us of your decision. If it is not possible to meet this deadline, please let us know as soon as possible. If you wish to accept our offer, you will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place.
Remember that you can check the progress of your application at any time by logging onto the online application form.
Finding out more
There is a School-wide Postgraduate Open Day once a year (usually in February), where you can talk to staff about any of the School’s taught Masters programmes. If you are based outside the UK, you may be able to talk with a member of staff at one of the overseas recruitment fairs we attend.
Management School Admissions Office (Postgraduate)
Lancaster University Management School
Lancaster, LA1 4YW
tel: +44 (0)1524 510733
fax: +44 (0)1524 510739