We are delighted to be offering funded PhD studentships across a broad range of disciplines including engineering, science, design and creative arts, geography and environment, and social sciences and humanities.

PhD study at Loughborough

As one of England’s top 10 research-led universities (REF 2014), Loughborough is renowned for its academic work and the benefits it brings to both society and our students’ learning.

Our vibrant research culture gives you a supportive learning experience and excellent standards of academic supervision. You’ll derive specialist skills and knowledge from top-quality research practice and benefit from our extensive doctoral training programme. Together with our long-standing collaborative relationships with industry, public and private sector organisations, PhD study at Loughborough invites excellent career opportunities.

Amongst the top 25% of UK institutions for the professional development of doctoral researchers (PRES, 2019)
In the top 25% of UK institutions for the resources for our doctoral researchers (PRES, 2019)
Winner of seven Queen’s anniversary prizes in recognition of world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the nation.

Current research studentships

Our studentships provide funding and financial support for exceptional students looking to study a PhD at Loughborough. Successful applicants will be awarded with funding to cover the full cost of their tuition fees for the duration of the degree (up to 3 years).

In addition, UK and EU nationals will also receive an annual, tax-free stipend to support with living costs (currently £15,009 and £4,327 respectively per annum) which will normally be paid in instalments throughout the year. Non-EU-nationals are encouraged to apply for some studentships, and the funding will cover the cost of tuition fees only (no stipend will be available). Non-EU-nationals are advised to check the project details carefully to ensure that they are eligible for funding before submitting an application.

Discover the research studentships we currently have available

Can’t find the project to suit you?

There are a huge variety of projects available throughout the year, with new opportunities posted nearly every week. If you can't find a studentship that interests you, try searching our funded and unfunded projects, or create your own research proposal.

The Doctoral Experience at Loughborough University

Our Doctoral Researchers are positioned at the heart of our research community. We listen to their ideas and champion their vision for the future of research at Loughborough. Our Research Culture Fund provides additional financial support so that researchers can lead on their own events and social activities for the research community at Loughborough. From journal clubs to student-led research conferences, our Doctoral Researchers are constantly developing and enhancing the research experience at Loughborough.

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