Starting in October 2020

All of our master’s programmes will be delivered online and in person for semester one, with the exception of a few 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.

Starting your studies online

If you choose to begin your studies online, you can travel to the campus and continue your studies in person at any date up to the start of semester 2 on 8 February 2021. If you are not able to arrive in person by this date, you will be able to pause your studies and complete your course on campus in the following academic year.

If you wish to begin your studies online for the first semester, please complete and submit the below form. If you are an international student and have already been issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your visa, we will add a sponsor note onto it to confirm that you will be studying online in the first instance.  The deadline for telling us you wish to start your studies online is 18 September 2020. Please note there are some programme restrictions outlined on the form below.

If you are planning on studying online in semester 1 and have not yet been issued with a CAS, you still need to pay your CAS deposit before the deadline to indicate your intention to study with us this academic year.  If you have problems with this, please let us know.

Teaching and learning on campus

For those of you who will be starting the term on campus, teaching in person will remain at the heart of your student experience. As outlined in our latest statement about the next academic year, we are planning to teach students on campus and in person where it is safe to do so. It is possible that large lectures and groups will have to meet online in the first instance to keep all of our students and staff safe. Smaller groups will still be able to meet face-to-face from a distance.

At the current UK government alert level (level three), each student will have access to a combination of in person classes, live online interactive sessions, and on-demand pre-recorded lectures. This will be supplemented by individual/group project work and guided independent study, alongside assistance from teaching and support staff. In this scenario, our teaching spaces will need to operate at reduced capacity. We therefore plan to combine in person and online teaching delivery, running as much in person teaching as is reasonable, practical and possible to do so.

What this means for you

We are pleased that we can now provide you with further details of how we will deliver the different teaching and learning methods within your master’s degree. We hope this update, along with our existing statement of intent, helps you to make an informed decision about how you wish to study with us in semester one. If you do have any questions, you are welcome to email us at any time.

Adapting our plans

We recognise that the current situation is evolving rapidly. As a result, our plans have been developed so that we are able to easily adapt in line with the latest government advice whilst ensuring your health and safety and that of our campus community. We are not planning to make further changes to our programmes next year but invite you to look through our terms and conditions of study for 2020/21.

We are taking great care with our preparations and we very much hope that this is evident from the communications we have sent you to date and that you are happy with our plans for 2020/21. We will take your completion of our online registration system as your consent to the adjustments we have made.

Preparing for the start of term

Formal teaching will begin on Monday 5 October. For details of our term dates, please see here.

Our academic staff are currently working hard to enhance the delivery of your programme material so that you have access to the best possible learning experience, regardless of whether you are studying online or in person. We have upgraded our teaching technologies so that we can provide a high quality interactive online experience with your lecturers and peers.

At the start of the academic year, you will receive a detailed timetable outlining when and how each of your teaching sessions will be delivered. We will also provide  regular updates during the year so you are aware of how we are adapting to the latest guidelines.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to campus from October 2020. We have lots of exciting plans to help you settle in, whether you begin your studies online or in person, including opportunities to meet your lecturers and fellow students. Whilst adhering to the latest government guidelines will be of paramount importance, there is still plenty to look forward to this year.

Frequently asked questions

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.