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How to apply for a master’s degree

A step by step guide

The following steps lead you through the application process. Further advice and guidance about your application can be found here

1.) Find out what’s available

You can search our master’s degrees here. It's important to research the programme you wish to study, to ensure it meets your requirements. Some key questions are:

1.)What modules will you study?

2.)What careers have graduates from this course gone on to do?

2.) Check the entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 or 2:2 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area. Please check our English language criteria here

3.) Find out about the university

Come along to our Open Day to speak to our academic staff and ask any specific questions about studying at Loughborough University. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak to students who are currently studying at master’s degree level, and meet staff from our support services who can give you more advice on submitting your application. 

4.) Check fees and find funding

Before submitting your application, you will need to establish that you can pay the tuition fees and other costs, such as accommodation. Research the scholarships and bursaries which are available, and check how to apply and the deadlines.

5.) Check visa requirements

UK/EU students do not need a visa to study at Loughborough, but international students should check what is required and how to apply for their visa and other documentation. Find out more

6.) Register for online application portal

Our online application portal is an easy way to manage your application. Once you have registered, you will be able to save, review and track your application’s progress. 

7.) Complete online registration form

The online application form consists of 11 sections, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You’ll need to provide your personal details, such as name and address, your nationality and how you plan to fund your studies.

You’ll also need to specify the type of programme you are applying for, i.e. a taught master’s programme (including if you are applying for a postgraduate diploma or certificate), and select the programme you wish to apply for from a dropdown menu.

The form requires details of the qualifications you have studied so far including your English language qualifications, and there’s a section to provide details of your work experience.

We require two references (academic, where possible) to support your application. The university will not contact your referees direct; you must obtain the references and send them to us.

Along with your references, we’ll also need copies of your supporting documents (such as certificates and transcripts) and you can attach these to your application by uploading them as an attachment via the Application Portal. If you are awaiting results then you can upload the documents you do have, and upload outstanding documents when they are available. 

8.) What happens next?

You’ll receive an acknowledgement email and we’ll start to process your application form. We’ll aim to make a decision about your application and communicate this to you as soon as possible, but please note that during peak times it can take up to four weeks to process applications.

We will keep in touch with you throughout this time, with news and information about the University, and don't forget you can log into the Application Portal to track the progress of your application.

If your application is successful, we’ll send you an email with details of any conditions (for instance, related to outstanding results). You should then log back into the Application Portal and accept our offer, which conditionally secures your place.  

9.) Tell us your results

Don’t forget to provide your results

If you were awaiting results when you applied, don't forget to upload your transcript when you receive them, as we cannot confirm your place without these documents. You will be sent a notification by email once your place is confirmed, followed, closer to the start of term, by information about your arrival at Loughborough, and your induction programme.

10.) Results lower than expected?

If you are concerned that you will not be accepted because your results are lower than expected, please upload your transcripts and contact us for advice. In some cases we may be able to suggest a similar or related programme which will enable you to achieve your ambition of studying at Loughborough.