Postgraduate taught applicants

Loughborough University remains in a strong and stable position, and we are gearing up to begin teaching students on campus and in person where it is safe to do so.

Options to begin your studies in 2020-21

We intend to admit a cohort of postgraduate students to our full range of master’s programmes at our Loughborough and London campuses in October 2020. As well as offering usual face-to-face teaching on campus, the majority of our master's students will also be able to study online, so that all students have the option to begin their studies as planned this autumn.

To provide maximum flexibility for as many students as possible, we are also offering a January 2021 start for a number of master's programmes in Loughborough and in London. Find out more about our options to begin your studies in 2020-21.

Student accommodation

If you’re looking to apply for University accommodation in Loughborough, please continue to check for separate communications from the Student Accommodation Centre. For the latest updates from the accommodation team, please visit the accommodation announcements page. 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.

Teaching in semester one

Our academic staff are currently working hard to refresh the delivery of programme material so that you will have access to the best possible learning experience, regardless of whether you are learning online or in person. More information about the teaching of your programme will be made available shortly so you have clarity about what to expect before the start of term.

With the exception of these courses in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, all master’s programmes will be delivered online and in person for semester one. Lectures will be delivered and recorded by the same top-quality academics that you can expect from your discipline and from a UK top 5 university. Plus, you will engage in regular interactive tutorials and seminars, as well as a range of other academic and social opportunities online and/or in person, so that you can get to know the teaching staff and students on your programme.

Our plans include revisions to cover a full spectrum of future scenarios, and our approach to teaching 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 on campus is aware of the University’s latest guidelines and measures.

Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline to accept my offer?

If you have applied to a programme offered by our School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, your offer email may ask you to reply to your offer by 31 July 2020.  For all other programmes, the latest date to reply to your offer is 6 September 2020.  However, we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as possible, so we can ensure you receive important communications and have enough time to prepare for the start of term.

If you elect to start your programme in January 2021, you should accept your offer and meet all the conditions of your offer by 23 November 2020.

When is the deadline to submit my final degree results?

The latest date you can submit your results and meet other conditions of your offer is 6 September 2020.  If you submit results after this date, we will only process them if:

  • There are still places available on the programme
  • There is sufficient time to complete the admissions process
  • There is enough time for you to obtain a student visa (if required) before term begins

I don’t know when I will receive my final degree results. What should I do?

We understand you may be concerned about the disruption to your assessments and the timing of your results. We expect most universities will release their results at a broadly similar time to previous years, however, if your results are delayed, please be reassured we will process them as quickly as possible to enable you to take up your place with us.

My university is only issuing ‘pass’ grades for final assessments without an actual percentage or GPA. Will you still accept my degree?

Most of our offer conditions require a specific percentage, score or grade to be achieved, and we are confident that most universities will still be able to provide this. If your university is only able to award ‘pass’ grades, please upload your results onto the Application Portal when you receive them. We will review these on a case-by-case basis and where we can be flexible and accept alternative results, we will.

My university will only issue me with an uncertified online transcript. Can you accept this?

Unfortunately we cannot accept uncertified online transcripts or screen-shots of final marks. We will accept any of the following formats, however:

  • A pdf copy of your transcript which has been securely certified by your university
  • A document emailed to us directly from your university
  • Access to your university’s secure online portal that verifies your result.  In these cases, we will need you to give permission for Loughborough University to verify your result.

If you elect to start your programme in January 2021, you should submit your results and meet all the conditions of your offer by 23 November 2020.

I’ve applied for 2020 entry. When will I be expected on campus?

The majority of students will move into their accommodation and complete a number of important induction and welcome activities on campus the week commencing Saturday 26 September. Formal teaching will begin on Monday 5 October. For full details of our term dates, please see our website.

As well as offering usual face-to-face teaching on campus, the majority of our master's students will also be able to study online, so that all students have the option to begin their studies as planned this autumn. If you choose to begin your studies online, you will need to be on campus no later than 8 February 2021. If this later turns out not to be possible, you will be able to pause your studies and complete your course on campus in the following academic year.

To provide maximum flexibility for as many students as possible, we are also offering a January 2021 start for a number of master's programmes in Loughborough and in London.

Find out more about our options to begin your studies in 2020-21.

What if I cannot make it to the campus/the UK in time for the start of term?

With the exception of these courses in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, all master’s programmes will be delivered online and in person for semester one. Lectures will be delivered and recorded by the same top-quality academics that you can expect from your discipline and from a UK top 5 university. Plus, you will engage in regular interactive tutorials and seminars, as well as a range of other academic and social opportunities online and/or in person, so that you can get to know the teaching staff and students on your programme.  

Please note, to access online lectures, tutorials and seminars you will need to be a registered student. You therefore must have met all the conditions of your offer, including an ATAS certificate where required, and be firmly accepted onto your programme before the start of term.

If you choose to begin your studies online, you will need to be on campus no later than 8 February 2021. If this later turns out not to be possible, you will be able to pause your studies and complete your course on campus in the following academic year.

I’d like to defer my place to January 2021. When is the deadline?

Some of our programmes are offering a January 2021 start. If you are interested in studying with us from this date and have not already told us, please complete and submit the relevant online form on our options to begin your studies in 2020-21 page. Please note that separate forms have been provided for programmes at our Loughborough and London campuses. The deadline for submission of the form is 31 August 2020.

Offers for alternative programmes are subject to you meeting the entry requirements and spaces being available on the programme. In some cases, we may also ask you to provide a new personal statement.

Requests to begin a programme in January will be reviewed and we will start issuing new offer emails and details of the relevant programme specification from early July 2020 onwards.

My university is closed and it is not possible to get a reference on the university letter head, what do I do?

We require a minimum of one academic reference letter for our September 2020 intake, and can accept an emailed reference from your referee’s university email account. This should be sent to pgtaught@lboro.ac.uk and should include your name and (where possible) your application reference number.

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.

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.

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 our 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.

If you apply for and are offered a place on a pre-sessional course we will provide you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) which covers this course.

Coronavirus information - English language pre-sessional courses

We have developed online versions of Pre-sessional Course C (11 week) and Pre-sessional Course D (6 weeks). For more information about how these courses will run, please see our pre-sessional pages.

We will now be delivering an online Pre-sessional (Pre-sessional Course E) for students starting their academic programmes in January 2021. Click here for further information.

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.

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.

What are the University term dates?

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