What to do before you apply

Things to do before you apply for a PhD or a research degree

1.) Find out what's available

You can browse our departments to learn more about the research activity and expertise at Loughborough University.

We also offer a number of part- or fully-funded studentships, which may be based either on a specific research project, or within a particular subject area.

2.) Check the entry requirements

Our entry requirements are usually based on a 2:1 or 2:2 undergraduate degree (or the overseas equivalent) in a related subject area.

If you are applying for a PhD a relevant master’s degree and/or experience would be an advantage or in some cases compulsory.

Pleae check our English language criteria here.

3.) Find out about your potential supervisor(s)

If you know the department you wish to work in, but do not have a particular supervisor in mind, then you can contact the department’s administrator who will be able to help.

If you already know the name of a potential supervisor, then make an appointment to meet.

4.) Explore the campus

Come along to our events to speak to our academic staff and ask any specific questions about studying at Loughborough University. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak to our current master's and PhD students, meet staff from our support services who can give you more advice on submitting your application.

If you are unable to attend our open day then you can still explore what our amazing campuses and take a self-guided tour of Loughborough, or book at guided tour at our London campus.

If you cannot visit the campus you can join us for a web chat, our staff and students will be on hand to answer your questions.

Take a virtual tour of the Loughborough campus or the London campus.

5.) Develop your research proposal

The research proposal is a short document that summarises the research you want to undertake. It will outline the question you intend to address, the subject background, your proposed research methods, and, importantly, will demonstrate how your research is original, and what it will contribute to the current understanding in the subject. You may also be required to include a bibliography, or your CV.

You will find some advice on how to write a research proposal here. If you have any questions you can contact the Research Student Office on +44(0)1509 228 292 or send email.

Different departments have different requirements for the proposal, so it is extremely important to contact the department in advance to discuss your ideas.

If you wish to apply for a studentship, you do not need to develop a research proposal; instead please quote the studentship reference number on your application.

6.) Check fees and funding

Before submitting your application, you will need to establish that you can pay the tuition fees and other costs, such as accommodation, over the duration of your studies. Research the funding available, and check how to apply and the deadlines.

7.) Check visa requirements

UK/EU students do not need a visa to study at Loughborough, but international students should check what is required and how to apply for their visa and other documentation.

Find out more on the International website.