How to start your application

Once you've read and taken note of what you need to do before you apply, you're ready to apply for a taught postgraduate programme at Loughborough University.

The best way to apply for admission to a master's degree or research programme is online through the University’s Application Portal.

When's the deadline?

There is no official deadline for application to a taught postgraduate programme, but some programmes are popular and places may become full quite quickly. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible to make sure that a decision can be made in time for the start of the programme.

There is no need for you to have completed your academic or English language qualifications before you apply – most students are made offers conditional on achieving particular grades in their degree and English language test.

Register for our online application portal

Our online application portal is an easy way to manage your application. Once you have registered, you will be able to save, review and track your application’s progress.

Online application portal

Complete the online registration form

The online application form consists of 11 sections, and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You’ll need to provide your personal details, such as name and address, your nationality and how you plan to fund your studies.

You’ll also need to specify the type of programme you are applying for, i.e. a taught master’s programme (including if you are applying for a postgraduate diploma or certificate), and select the programme you wish to apply for from a dropdown menu.

The form requires details of the qualifications you have studied so far including your English language qualifications, and there’s a section to provide details of your work experience.

Documents required on application

We require two academic references (certified on headed paper) to support your application. The University will not contact your referees directly; you must obtain the references and send them to us. You can find some guidance regarding references here.

Along with your references, we’ll also need copies of your supporting documents:

  1. an academic transcript of your undergraduate degree showing the modules studied and marks attained
  2. a copy of your degree certificate, if you have already graduated
  3. a personal statement - this should explain your motivation for studying this programme, any relevant skills and experience you have (through studying or work), and your future career aspirations and how this programme will support you in achieving this. Remember to let your passion for the subject shine through!

You can attach these to your application by uploading them as an attachment via the Application Portal.

Haven't got your results yet?

Don't worry if you don't have all of your results yet: if you are awaiting results then you can upload the documents you do have, and upload outstanding documents when they are available.

You can upload your supporting documents online by returning to your application in the Application Portal and select on "View/Upload Documents".

A note for students resident in Nigeria

Please be aware that certain applications from residents of Nigeria are referred to a third party.

What happens next?

We try to reach a decision as soon as possible, and you can help with this by including as much information as possible with your application. We normally aim to respond to an application within four weeks. Find out more.