Research degrees

If you're looking to make a significant impact by conducting your own research for solving real world issues, then a PhD could be your next step.

A journey of discovery

By studying a research degree at Loughborough, you'll be part of a supportive community with access to our rich research network. With 94% of Loughborough University's research impact rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF, 2021), we’re renowned for the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world and the benefits it brings to both society and our students’ learning.

With state-of-the-art facilities, a vibrant research culture and a diverse community of staff and students from across the globe, the School of Science is the ideal place to pursue your doctorate. Loughborough scientists are actively engaged in cutting-edge theoretical and applied research that is shaping the future of the world through technological advances and scientific discoveries.

What's more, as a member of the University's Doctoral College, you'll benefit from an extensive training and development programme alongside our suite of activities to support you at every stage of the doctoral process. This includes access to a comprehensive range of workshops, events and networking opportunities, with links to specialist support services across the University.

The Doctoral Experience at Loughborough University

Hear from some of Loughborough's PhD students as they describe their doctoral research.

Meet our researchers

See what some of our doctoral researchers from the School of Science think about studying at Loughborough University.