The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University is ranked 9th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings for 2014. Their specialisms include Corpus Linguistics; Discourse Studies; Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Literacy Studies and many others. For the last forty years, they have been known for cutting-edge empirically-based theoretical and applied research in a wide range of research areas.

The Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University has a strong, distinctive and exciting research culture. Their specialisms include Religion and Society; Politics and Religion; Conceptual and Theoretical Issues, and Contemporary Ethical Debates.

The Law School at Lancaster has an outstanding reputation for research and teaching in Law and in Criminology. They department is ranked 12th in the UK according to the Guardian newspaper University Guide 2014 and 15th by the Complete University Guide. Their specialisms include Law and Society; International & European Law; Business Law, and Human Rights.