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Research applications

How to apply

Applying online allows us to process applications quickly, and provide you with a good service. Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications (including English language where appropriate) and academic transcripts.

After applying you can upload your documents by returning to your application in the Application Portal, and clicking on 'View/Upload Documents'.  You can upload your supporting documents at any time during the year.

English language requirements

All applicants to Loughborough must have (and be able to provide evidence of) a suitable qualification in English. Find out more »

Start dates

There are four available start dates for postgraduate research courses during the academic year:

  • 1st April
  • 1st July
  • 1st October
  • 1st January

Research proposal

When you apply for a research degree you will be required to describe your proposed area of research.

This should usually be in the form of an initial research proposal of approximately 500 words, including an outline of your research interests, your initial thoughts about a topic, references to previous work, the methodology and general approach you wish to take.

You should also indicate how this research will make an original contribution to knowledge. Some schools/departments require you to complete a more detailed proposal before they can make a final decision on your application. Check to see if this applies to the department you are applying to.

If you do not have a firm research proposal you should still provide as much information as possible with your application including possible topic areas, and intended source of funding.

If you have already reached an agreement with your prospective school/department about a particular topic, or are applying for a specific vacancy, you need only provide brief details of that project on your application form.

If you require further advice on how to complete your research application please contact the department in which you wish to study.

Information for international applicants

If you are a non UK/EU applicant you will need to consider a few more steps before you begin your studies. The International Office are also available to assist you and provide more information. 

Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If your proposed area of research is in a science/engineering field and you are a non-EU/EEA national, you may require an ATAS certificate before you can apply for a visa. Find out more »

Applying for a visa

For guidance on applying for a visa to study in the UK, please see International Students - Applying for a visa.


Research Student Office

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