Postgraduate study

Frequently asked questions

If you're applying for a master's degree, or other taught postgraduate programme, you no doubt have a lot of different questions before you even get started: such as, when is the deadline for applying? How do I submit my results? How do I get a visa?

Frequently asked questions regarding the taught application process.

Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about applying for master's study, and other postgraduate taught programmes.

If you still have any questions, don't forget that you can contact us any time via email on pgenquiries@lboro.ac.uk. You can also chat to staff and students by taking part in one of our web chats, or coming along to one of our postgraduate events.

When is the deadline for applying?

The last date on which we guarantee to consider applications and submitted results is 6 September. Any applications or results submitted after this date will only be considered if there are still places on the programme, and, for non-EU students, there is still time to obtain a student visa. Some programmes fill up quickly, so we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible so you are not disappointed.

There is no need for you to have completed your academic or English language qualifications before you apply - most students are made offers conditional on achieving particular grades in their degree and English language test.

When can I expect a response to my application?

We try to reach a decision as soon as possible, and you can help with this by including as much information as possible with your application. We normally aim to respond to an application within four to six weeks.

How do I reply to my offer?

If you are made an offer for a postgraduate taught programme you will be emailed with your offer letter and a link to an offer booklet online. You can accept the offer from Loughborough by returning to the Application Portal. Here you can view a summary of your application, including your offer conditions. You can accept the offer by clicking on ‘Reply to Offer’ on the left hand side. 

Please note: you do not have to wait until you have met all the conditions of your offer before replying to your offer.

If your offer is conditional on you achieving certain grades in your degree and/or an English language qualification, you will need to send us evidence that you have met these conditions.

What are the English language requirements?

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

The standard University IELTS English language requirements is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Some departments may require higher level English language. Please visit our Standard English language requirements webpage for more information.

What can I do if I haven't fully met my English language requirements yet?

If you have not fully met the English language requirements asked for in your offer, it is possible that the School/Department may allow you to take an English Language Pre-sessional Course offered by the University’s Student Support Centre.

Not all Schools/Departments will allow students to take an English Language Pre-sessional Course, so you should check the guidance carefully.

If you apply for and are offered a place on an English Language Pre-sessional Course we will provide you with a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which covers this course.

How do I apply for a visa?

If you are an overseas student who requires a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, our team of friendly and highly trained immigration advisors can guide you through the process. Please visit our Visa and Immigration advice webpage for more information.

Are there any scholarships available for master's students?

There are a number of different funding options available to master's students, including scholarships, bursaries and loans. For more information, please visit our Fees and funding webpages: for UK/EU students, and international students.

How do I submit my results?

As soon as you have completed your previous academic studies and received your results, you should accept your offer via the Application Portal (if you have not already done so). You should also send us the following documents:

  • transcript of your degree studies, showing the individual modules/subjects and grades/marks. This should be on official headed paper and stamped or certified by your university
  • final degree certificate to show the title of your degree and class/mark awarded. This should be on official headed paper and stamped or certified by your university.
  • copy of your English language qualification if you have been asked to provide one.
  • If any of these documents are not in English, you should provide them both in the original language as well as translated into English. The translation must be done by an official translator and certified.
  • All documents should be submitted via the Application Portal, there is no need to email them separately. You can return to your application and upload documents at any time during the year.

I've completed my undergraduate studies but haven't graduated yet?

We realise that some universities don’t hold their graduation ceremonies until later in the year. We can accept a copy of your final transcript, plus a letter from your university to confirm that you have completed your degree and giving your final grade. We call this an Award Letter, and it replaces the degree certificate.

Why do my documents have to be ‘certified’?

All documents submitted must be certified so the University can be sure they are genuine. A certified document must be on official university headed paper, and have at least one of the following:

  • A clear ink or impression stamp from the university that awarded the qualification.
  • An address stamp of the university that is signed and dated by an official of the university.
  • A stamp and signature of one of the University’s registered overseas Agents to confirm that they have seen the original document first hand.

If more than one page is submitted (for example, a degree certificate and one or more pages of transcript), all separate pages submitted must be certified in the same way.

Loughborough University may refuse to accept a document as being genuine if it is not satisfied that it is certified correctly, and may ask you to provide another copy. The University will not accept screen shots, on-line downloads or anything that is not on university headed paper as evidence of qualifications.

The University will seek to verify references if there is any doubt as to their authenticity.

Do both of my references need to be academic?

Your offer conditions may ask you to submit two satisfactory references. These should ideally be academic references, preferably from your most recent place of study. If it is impossible for you to obtain academic references, a reference from your employer may suffice. It is your responsibility to submit your references to the University, or arrange for your referees to send them to us directly.

Tuition Fees – how do I make payments?

You can pay any amount of your tuition fees at any stage – there is no required pattern of payments. We don’t normally require students to pay their tuition fees before they arrive, but you are more than welcome to do so if you wish. Each time you make a payment it will be credited to your student account. Billing dates can be found here

What are the University term dates?

The University term dates can be found at here, you will also find a lot of other useful information.