Postgraduate study2015 Prospectus

Loughborough University

Voted England’s Best Student Experience six years running

The UK’s Best University for Sport

The Times 2014

Ranked 1st in UK and International Student Barometer

92% of UK/EU postgraduates in employment or further study

Awarded the maximum 5* in the QS Stars University Ratings 2014

Loughborough University is a great place to study, boasting internationally acclaimed research, outstanding teaching, and enviable facilities – all set in an attractive green campus.

Originally founded in 1909 as a Technical Institute, the University was granted its Royal Charter in 1966. We have a long tradition of teaching and research that is highly relevant to industry, business and the professions.

Loughborough has always been at the forefront of engineering and technology, but has strengths in many other areas including; sport and sports technology, art and design, business studies, the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

The University comprises 19 academic schools and departments which support 16,000 students, 4,000 of whom are postgraduates. We have over 160 research institutes and centres and six interdisciplinary research schools/challenges.

With well over 130 taught postgraduate programmes and an array of research degrees, we offer an excellent choice for anyone looking to pursue their studies and further their career.

Our long-established partnerships with industry, Government and the professions are the envy of other institutions. Their scope and the benefits they bring to our core activities of teaching and learning, research and technology transfer, are felt across campus. These partnerships also contribute to the outstanding employment prospects of our graduates.

Students with an entrepreneurial streak who have business ideas of their own can supplement their learning and research by taking full advantage of our dedicated enterprise education, activities and facilities.

Whether you want to set up on your own or just want to learn more about how businesses work, our Enterprise team can help you turn your big ideas into great achievements.

World-class research

Our success in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our standing as one of the country's top 20 universities for research.

Each of our schools and departments was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, and The Times Higher Education named Loughborough as one of three rising stars among research-intensive universities.

Further testament to the quality of research carried out at the University is the award of seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Teaching excellence

Loughborough has consistently scored highly for teaching quality in all of the Government's External Subject Reviews and national league tables.

We were rated top three by the Quality Assurance Agency for teaching quality and, since the introduction of the National Student Survey in 2005, Loughborough has always been placed amongst the top universities in the UK.

League table leader

The University regularly features in the Top 20 of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Guardian university league tables, and many of our schools and departments are ranked in the Top 10.

We are consistently among the top universities for graduate employment and do exceptionally well in employer surveys because we produce graduates that business and industry want.

The University has also been rated for excellence and achieved the maximum 5* overall in the QS Stars University Ratings 2014. Loughborough was also awarded five stars in Employability, Research, Teaching, Learning, Environment, Internationalisation, Innovation, Facilities, Access and Specialist Criteria.

Number one for student services

In the latest independently-run International and UK Student Barometer survey,Loughborough came first out of all participating universities.

The survey covered four overarching areas: the services provided to students on their arrival, the academic learning experience, the support services available, and the university experience outside the lecture room.

Over 90% of Loughborough students said they were satisfied and 92% said they would recommend Loughborough to others considering applying to university.

Number one for sport

Significant and on-going capital investment in world-class facilities means our community enjoys unrivalled sporting opportunities and support infrastructure.

Home to the English Institute of Sport, many national sports governing bodies, not to mention countless elite athletes, Loughborough is an exciting place for sports enthusiasts and performers of all levels.

Leading up to the London 2012 Olympics, the University was the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB, and every Team GB athlete passed through the University for the official kitting out process.

First-rate facilities

We offer exceptional academic, guidance and welfare systems. In terms of facilities, the campus is well placed to serve the needs of students, including a purpose-built teaching facility for postgraduate students, a well-resourced library and state-of the-art IT network.There are numerous cafés, bars, restaurants and shops as well as a health centre,optician, dentist and nursery.

In addition to the wide range of clubs and societies provided by our Students' Union, the University provides plenty of arts and creative activities to enjoy on campus including drama, drawing, music, painting and photography. We also have a thriving choir, orchestra and concert band.

Unrivalled links with employers

The University has an international reputation for its partnerships with companies of all sizes in both the commercial sector and many new high-tech industries.

Our long-established partnerships help generate an exceptionally high level of industrialfunding, and help support teaching, research and consultancy activities that meet the needs of industry and commerce.

We are also proud of our innovation and enterprise activities which support students and graduates from all disciplines.

Companies sited on campus include the Henry Ford College which coversmanagement and retail training of Ford employees, over 30 spin-out companiesnurtured by the University and up to 40 companies housed in our Innovation Centre. Loughborough postgraduates are highly successful in finding work or further study.

Recent data on our UK and EU students showed that:

  • 90% of taught postgraduates were in employment and/or studying;
  • 96% of research graduates were in employment and/or studying;
  • the majority of employed postgraduates were working in their area of study;
  • our graduate employers represent leading organisations.