University profile

Loughborough University

2023/24 edition

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is an internationally renowned university located in the heart of the UK. Our research and teaching are integrated at every opportunity to provide the highest quality learning experience. With superb links to industry and commerce and our long history of internationally acclaimed ‘research that matters’, we aim to provide you with the best university experience bar none.

Our recent achievements

  • 91% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ – Research Exercise Framework (REF) 2021
  • University of the Year 2020 – WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020
  • Consistently ranked as a UK top 10 university by the Complete University Guide 2017-23
  • University of the Year for Sport 2022 – The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
  • Awarded 7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Academic Excellence
  • Ranked 5* for Innovation – QS Stars Rating System
  • 1st in the UK for Employer-Student Connections – QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022
  • Best university in the world for sports-related subjects for 7 years running - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2023

The Loughborough Experience

Every Loughborough student’s experience is an exciting blend of the experiences and activities we offer. These are made available through careers and entrepreneurial support, placement and part-time work opportunities, access to unrivalled sporting facilities, and the chance to develop transferable skills through volunteer work, student representation and other extracurricular activities.

In addition, all PhD students are supported by Loughborough Doctoral College, which provides additional training and development and networking opportunities.

Two stunning locations

Between them, our Loughborough and London campuses are home to more than 18,500 students from over 145 different countries.

Our superb 523-acre Loughborough campus is located in the heart of the country with excellent national and international travel links. Green spaces, world-class sports venues and excellent academic facilities combine to make our campus a safe, welcoming place with a real sense of community.

Research opportunities

Our research spans the arts, design, engineering, health, humanities, mathematics, science, social sciences and sports disciplines. We are renowned not just for the quality of our research but also for its relevance to business and industry and its impact on society. In the most recent REF, 91% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research students work alongside stand-out academics who are at the forefront of their disciplines. We focus on an interdisciplinary approach to research, which is driven by society’s need to address real-world issues.

We want our students to feel part of the research team, and to feel supported and motivated by this network. We provide comprehensive training so that you can hone your research skills, but also benefit from practical guidance related to identifying skills, coping with the demands of your research project, be they academic or pastoral, and maximising your employability.

Diverse Master’s degree programmes

With a wide choice of master’s degrees across art and design, humanities, science, engineering, business, sport and the social sciences, we offer an excellent choice for anyone looking to pursue their studies and further their career. You will be taught by some of the world’s best academics in their subject areas.

Many programmes are available on a part-time basis.

Fees and funding

The costs attached to a master’s degree are tuition fees, which vary from course to course, and accommodation and daily living costs. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services.

Some of our PhDs are funded, with funding provided for all or part of the PhD fee and in some cases, for living expenses. Others are self-funded.

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships to eligible students. More information can be found in the fees and funding section of our website, along with details of the other types of funding available.

Applications are currently open for the Chevening Scholarships. The deadline to apply for one of our 30 fully-funded master’s scholarships is 7 November 2023 and is open to international students (excluding US and EU countries).

How to apply

Applications for master’s degrees and PhDs are submitted via our online portal. The majority of our master’s degrees begin in October; PhD students enrol to start in January, April, July or October.

As part of the application process, we will also ask for documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references, which can all be submitted online.

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