Your offer conditions may ask you to submit two satisfactory references. These should 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 direct. The University will not request references from your referees.

You may find it helps to give your referee some guidance on what they should include in your reference, and how to submit it to Loughborough University.

References should be signed and certified (on official letter-headed paper), and can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Uploaded via the online application portal and clicking on View/Upload Documents
  • Scanned and emailed to
  • Posted to: Postgraduate Taught Admissions, Rutland Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU

Alternatively we will accept an email reference, provided it is sent from your referee’s official university or employer email address. These should be emailed to

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.