Doctoral research applicants

Loughborough University remains in a strong and stable position, and we are gearing up to begin welcoming students, staff and doctoral researchers onto our campuses from the start of the next academic year.

Options to begin your studies this Autumn

We are planning to enrol our next cohort of doctoral researchers in October 2020. As well as offering safe and socially-distanced access to key facilities and services, you will be invited to attend a broad range of virtual events and training, including inductions to your school/department and to Loughborough Doctoral College.

Our plans cover a full spectrum of future scenarios. Operating a flexible approach will enable us to react quickly if UK Government guidance changes at a national or local level. Regular updates will be circulated to students and staff across the year so that everyone at our Loughborough and London campuses are aware of the University’s latest guidelines and measures.

Student accommodation

If you’re looking to apply for University accommodation in Loughborough, please visit the accommodation website and check the accommodation announcements page for the latest updates. More information about moving into your accommodation will be emailed to you once your room has been confirmed.

If you’re looking for accommodation in London, our recommended providers can provide housing for single students, couples and students with families. For more information, please see our London accommodation options on the Loughborough University London website.

Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline to accept my offer and meet any outstanding conditions?

If you have made the decision to join us, we encourage you to accept your offer and provide evidence that you meet any outstanding conditions as soon as possible, so that we can ensure the necessary arrangements are in place for you before the start of term and you have enough time to prepare for your studies.

I can’t get hold of the additional information that you’ve requested in order to consider my application further. What should I do?

We understand that there may be delays sourcing the information we need to consider your application (e.g. references, certificates). We are aiming to be as flexible as possible so if you will need extra time to gather requested information, please contact the Doctoral College Office to let us know that there will be a delay.

What English language qualifications do you accept?

Please see our website for the full list of recognised English language qualifications that we can accept.

We are currently offering free Password English language tests which can be taken from the comfort of your own home. For further information on these tests and booking details, please contact the International Office.

How will my interview take place?

All doctoral research applicants are required to attend an interview as part of the application process. Interviews will take place remotely (by Skype or over the telephone) until further notice.

Can I visit the University before I start?

We are currently offering socially distanced tours of our Loughborough campus. Find out more and book your place.

If you are interested in visiting the London campus, please contact and we will try our best to accommodate your request.

If you are unable to visit us in person, you can get a feel for life as a doctoral researcher at our Loughborough and London campuses by visiting our location pages of the online prospectus and interacting with our 360 degree tours. You can also watch a Loughborough campus tour video here, and take a look inside our London campus here.

Please see our events page for up-to-date information on our latest events, including details of web chats where you can get to know our staff and students and ask any questions you may have.

Can I defer my start date?

Given the current circumstances, we understand that some applicants may be considering deferring their entry. While we are considering deferral requests in the usual manner, we would encourage applicants who had not originally intended to defer their place to take adequate time to fully assess the situation and make an informed decision about their future plans, before choosing to defer.

For doctoral researchers who wish to defer, we are able to offer alternative start dates in January, April and July 2021. Applicants can request to defer entry at any point, so there is no rush to make this decision right away.

When do the research programmes start?

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

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

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 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 Academic Language Support Service.

Not all Schools/Departments will allow students to take an English language pre-sessional course, so you should check the guidance carefully.

Are there any scholarships available for research students?

There are a number of different funding options available to research students, including studentships, scholarships, bursaries and loans. For more information, please visit our research degree funding page.