Options to start a master’s programme in 2020/21

At Loughborough, we understand that the world is changing and our fantastic teaching and support services must adapt quickly in order to continue providing an outstanding experience for our students.

Begin your studies in October 2020

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.

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 that will be made available to all students online or in person, so that you can get to know the academic staff and other students on your programme. Recordings will be made available on the University's virtual learning environment and full training will be offered to all students ahead of the start of term, so that you can familiarise yourself with the platform and begin your studies feeling calm, confident and ready to learn. 

We hope these options will be particularly useful for any students who are unable to travel to the UK or to the campus right away. As soon as circumstances change, we will be ready and waiting to welcome you to our vibrant postgraduate community in person.

Charlie Carter, Director of the International Office

All master’s programmes will be delivered online and in person for semester one, with the exception of a few programmes from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Due to the nature of their teaching, these programmes must be taught in person and on campus.

If you choose to begin your studies online, you will need to be on campus no later than 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.

Begin your studies in January 2021

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. 

Master's programmes starting in January 2021 will run for 13 months, ending in January 2022. In order for a January start to be made possible, we may be required to make some adjustments to the ordering of modules for these programmes. Revised programme specifications for courses starting in January 2021 can be found here.

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 more information.

London programmes with a January 2021 start

Institute for Design Innovation

MSc Design Innovation

Institute for Digital Technologies

MSc Digital Finance

MSc Digital Marketing

Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

MSc Diplomacy, Business and Trade

MSc Diplomacy and International Governance

MSc Security, Peace-building and Diplomacy

Institute for Media and Creative Industries

MA Global Communication and Development

MA Media & Creative Industries

Institute for Innovation and Enterpreneurship

MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

MSc Entrepreneurship, Finance and Innovation

MSc Managing Innovation in Creative Organisations

Institute for International Management

MSc International Management

Institute for Sport Business

MSc Sport Marketing

If you are an EU student and apply or defer entry to January 2021, you will be required to apply for a student visa in order to commence your studies. Further announcements on this will be made in due course here.

The Loughborough MBA

Please note that the start date for the Loughborough MBA has been moved to January 2021.

This is to enable teaching, where possible, to take place in person on campus. All applicants will be advised of this change directly and do not need to contact the University to defer their application.

For both pathways of this programme, we are also looking to run some optional online pre-programme skills workshops commencing November 2020; these sessions will be designed to help prepare you for the programme and will support you in your search to securing an internship, where appropriate.

Information for existing applicants

Electing a January 2021 start at our Loughborough campus

If you have already applied to study with us in 2020 and you are in receipt of an offer from our Loughborough campus, you can request to join a programme with a January 2021 start by completing the below form. Offers for alternative programmes are subject to you meeting the entry requirements and space being available on the programme. We may also ask you for a new personal statement. The deadline for submission of the form is 31 August 2020.

This form is for current applicants only. New applications for a January 2021 start can be made via the application portal. For advice on completing a new application, please visit our How to apply pages.

Electing a January 2021 start at our London campus

If you have already applied to study with us in 2020 and you are in receipt of an offer from our London campus, you can request to join a programme with a January 2021 start by completing the below form.

This form is for current applicants only. New applications for a January 2021 start can be made via the application portal. For advice on completing a new application, please visit our How to apply pages.

Frequently asked questions

I am interested in studying one of the programmes with a January start date. How do I apply/defer my offer?

Applications for a master's should be made in the normal way. If you receive an offer for a programme that will be available with a January start, we will write to you to advise what steps you need to take should you wish to defer to January 2021.

Please note: if you are an EU student and defer your entry to January 2021, you may be required to apply for a student visa under the UK Government’s new post-Brexit Points Based Immigration System. Further announcements on this will be made in due course here.

If I join an online pre-sessional English language programme at Loughborough University, will I be eligible to continue to a master's starting in either September 2020 or January 2021?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the University's pre-sessional English language programme will be eligible to join a Loughborough master’s programme in either September 2020 or January 2021. 

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 more information.

How do these arrangements impact on my accommodation options?

We understand that our applicants will be at various stages of applying for accommodation and that you may have questions about how these changes will affect your specific situation. For more information and advice, please contact our Student Accommodation Centre or look at their website.

What precautions is Loughborough University taking to ensure the health and safety of students on campus?

Since lockdown began in the UK, several hundred students have been unable to move out of their Loughborough University campus accommodation. Approximately 50% are international students.  Loughborough continues to provide accommodation, cleaning services and prepared meals for our students. Next academic year, we will continue to support our students in every possible way. We will of course comply with social distancing requirements, ensure hand wash stations and hand gel dispensers are available across our campuses, and intensify our cleaning regimes. We continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.