Postgraduate study2016

How to apply

The best way to apply for admission to a master's degree or research programme is online through the University’s Application Portal.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

Please ensure you upload your documents, including transcripts and references to the Application Portal, as soon as you make your application. A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents. 

Important information about the University’s admissions policies, procedures and terms and conditions of study is also available.

Applying for a taught programme

Some schools and departments require submission of a personal statement or additional information before they are able to consider your application. We recommend that you check the details of your chosen programme before submitting your application to avoid any delays.

Applying for a research programme

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 the topic, references to previous work, and 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 and departments require you to submit a more detailed proposal before they can make a final decision on your application. Please check to see if this applies to the school or 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 or 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. Alternatively, you can contact the Research Student Office.

Loughborough University has taken care that the programme information is as accurate as possible. It is intended as a general guide to the programmes and facilities available to students commencing a programme of postgraduate study or research in academic year 2016/17. Please note that although we do not anticipate that there will be major changes to the information provided, the University reserves the right to revise courses and their modules to ensure they remain current and up-to-date, to respond to external developments, and for a number of practical reasons. The University’s Terms and Conditions of Study ( provide more details of the circumstances in which we may amend our courses both after application and whilst students are registered and how we will keep you informed of any changes. Admission to Loughborough University is subject to the requirements that applicants accepting offers, and students on registration, agree to the Terms and Conditions referred to above.