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 Loughborough, United Kingdom

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Loughborough is a truly exceptional, internationally renowned university, offering a range of taught and research opportunities.

Our research and teaching are integrated at every opportunity to provide the highest quality learning experience, and our teaching has consistently been rated as excellent in independent assessments. With superb links to industry, commerce and the professions and our long history of internationally acclaimed 'research that matters', we aim to provide you with the best university experience bar none.

With more than 120 taught postgraduate programmes and an array of research degrees, we offer an excellent choice for anyone looking to pursue their studies and further their career. The majority of our programmes are available on a full- or part-time basis. Selected courses can be studied via distance-learning, with no or a short period of on-campus attendance.

Research excellence

Our research spans the arts, design, engineering, health, humanities, mathematics, science, social sciences and sports disciplines. We are renowned not just for the quality of our research but also for its relevance to business and industry and its impact on society.

An outstanding student experience

Every Loughborough student is supported to fulfil their personal and professional goals while studying with us. An exciting variety of opportunities is made available through careers and entrepreneurial support services, placement and part-time work options, access to unrivalled sporting facilities, and the chance to develop transferable skills through volunteering, student representation and other extracurricular activities.

Our students’ welfare is extremely important to us and we deliver support through academic, guidance and welfare services.

Two stunning locations

Between them, our Loughborough and London campuses are home to more than 18,500 students from over 145 different countries.

Our superb 440-acre Loughborough campus is located in the heart of the country. Green spaces, world-class sports venues and excellent academic facilities combine to make our campus a safe, welcoming place with a real sense of community.

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Our recent achievements

  • University of the Year 2020 – WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020
  • Consistently ranked as a UK top 10 university by the Complete University Guide 2016-23
  • University of the Year for Sport 2022 – The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
  • 91% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • Awarded 7 Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Academic Excellence
  • Ranked 5* for Innovation – QS Stars Rating System
  • 1st in the UK for Employer-Student Connections – QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2021
  • Best in the World for Sports-Related Subjects – QS World University Rankings 2021

Fees and funding

The costs attached to a master’s degree are tuition fees, which vary from course to course, and accommodation and daily living costs. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services.

Eligible students can apply for one of our bursaries or scholarships. More information can be found in the fees and funding section of our website, along with details of the other types of funding available.

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How to apply

Applications for master’s degrees are submitted via our online portal. The majority of our master’s degrees begin in October.

As part of the application process, we will also ask for documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references, which can all be submitted online.

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is a specialist centre within one of the UK’s largest engineering universities. We have 37 academic staff and nearly 150 postgraduate students on taught and research programmes.

Why choose to study Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering?

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is an engineering specialist centre for teaching and research.

With programmes dating back to 1919, our reputation for teaching and research has been built on nearly 100 years of excellence. Today, we have a thriving community of postgraduate students and research associates from all over the world, who benefit from the expertise of our 37 world-class academic staff.

Leading reputation for teaching and research
In the Government’s External Subject Review, we were awarded an excellent score (23/24) for the quality of its teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, our subject areas featured in the top ten nationally. More information about our areas of research can be found on our dedicated research page.

Strong industry links
Over 87% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. We have particularly close links with Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Bentley, Ford Motor Company, Group Lotus, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, MIRA, Perkins Caterpillar and many tier one automotive suppliers.

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Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

One of four Royal Academy of Engineering designated Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is home to a thriving community of over 60 academic staff, 40 technical and clerical support staff and over 240 active researchers that include Fellows, Associates, Assistants, Engineers and Doctoral Students.

Why choose to study Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering with us?

3rd in the UK for Building (The Complete University Guide 2018)
2nd in the UK for Building (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
10th in the UK for Civil Engineering (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
Our world-class teaching and research are integrated to support the technical and commercial needs of both industry and society. A key part of our ethos is our extensive links with industry resulting in our graduates being extremely sought after by industry and commerce worldwide. The School offers a focused suite of postgraduate programmes aligned to meet the needs of industry and fully accredited by the relevant professional institutions. Consequently, our record of graduate employment is second to none.

Our programmes also have a long track record of delivering high quality, research-led education. Indeed, our programmes have been responding to the needs of industry and producing high quality graduates, some for over 40 years.

Currently, our suite of master’s degree programmes seeks to draw upon our cutting edge research and broad base knowledge within the areas of contemporary construction management, project management, infrastructure management, building engineering, building modelling, building energy demand, air transport management, and waste and water engineering. The programmes are designed to respond to contemporary issues in the field such as sustainable construction, low carbon building, low energy services, project complexity, socio-technical systems.

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Business and Economics

The School of Business and Economics is committed to developing well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates equipped to succeed in today’s global economy.

Why choose to study Business and Economics at Loughborough?

- Top 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation
- 6th in the UK for Business Studies (The Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 4th in the UK for Finance and Accounting (The Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 8th in the UK for Economics (The Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 1st in the UK for Librarianship and Information Management (The Sunday Times/Times Good University Guide 2017)
- Rated 13th in the UK for ‘Research Power’ in Business and Management (Research Assessment Exercise, 2014)

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Chemical Engineering

We are a highly active, research intensive community of more than 20 full-time academic staff plus research students, postdoctoral research fellows and visitors from all over the world.

Why choose to study chemical engineering with us?

- Highly ranked for Chemical Engineering – 6th, 8th and 11th in the UK, Times 2017, Guardian 2018 and Complete University 2018 guides
- Highly ranked for Student Satisfaction – 2nd in UK for Overall Satisfaction in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering, with 97% of students- satisfied or very satisfied with their course, National Student Survey 2017
- State of the art teaching and laboratory facilities – £17M investment in new STEMLab teaching labs and workshops and £4M upgrade to chemical engineering building labs, pilot plant and virtual reality environment.

Chemical Engineers are fantastically well-placed to tackle some of the global challenges facing us over the next 50 years.

We are committed to developing the chemical engineers of the future by providing essential knowledge and training in the sciences, technology, management and communication disciplines.

With a vibrant and exciting community of academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows and influential visitors from all over the world, our postgraduate students have the opportunity to be involved in the latest developments and research within the process industries.

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Loughborough University's Department of Chemistry offers popular and industry-relevant opportunities, enabling students to develop multidisciplinary skills.

Why choose to study Chemistry at Loughborough?

- 5th in the UK for Chemistry (The Guardian University Guide 2018)
- Part of €13 million European Commission Horizon 2020 Research Project

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Computer Science

We are committed to delivering inspiring teaching and cutting-edge research at the forefront of technological innovation.

Why choose to study Computer Science with us?

We have a lively community within a stimulating learning and working environment. We regularly welcome visiting lecturers and researchers who contribute to the intellectual and social life of the Department.

We have a talented research community which continues to make a valuable contribution to the rapidly-developing Computer Science sector, particularly in areas such as wireless communications, multimedia, logistics, healthcare, the emergency services, transport, surveillance and the environment.

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Design School

At Loughborough Design School we want to share our world-leading knowledge. Our expertise and teaching is built on the design principles of aesthetics, technology and understanding the user.

Why choose to study with the Design School?

- 2nd in the UK for Design (Guardian University Guide 2018)
- 4th in the UK for Art and Design (The Complete University Guide 2018)
- We are proud to be helping to prepare the next generation of designers and ergonomists for highly successful careers as they develop truly life-changing products and services of the future.

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Geography and Environment

We offer a diverse portfolio of postgraduate teaching and research opportunities covering the full breadth of contemporary physical and human geography.

Why choose to study Geography with us?

- 95% of research classed as 'internationally recognised' (REF 2014)
- 13th for Geography and Environmental Science (The Complete University Guide 2018)

Our graduates are highly employable. Employability skills are embedded throughout our programmes, with graduates appointed to posts across a full range of industries and sectors.

Each programme includes training and support to develop the key transferable skills and attributes required to continue into careers across the full range of industries and sectors. On completion of their programme, many of our postgraduates have continued into roles with government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, the European Commission and the United Nations.

We have over 30 academic staff who are all leading international experts in their fields.

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Politics and International Studies

Our aim is to stimulate innovative research that has the potential to transform academic and public debates.

Why choose to study with us?

- ESRC research grants totalling £0.5 million
- 8th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014)

ESRC research grants totalling £0.5 million
8th in the UK for research intensity (REF 2014)
We conduct research in: contemporary politics and political theory, early modern and modern history, international organisation, and critical security studies. Most of our research falls between the humanities and the political and social sciences, but we also produce a substantial body of interdisciplinary work, notably in the history of ideas, radical movements and activism, in gender politics, international history, and international politics, government and governance, art and politics, religion and politics, media studies and history, and digital humanities.

Graduate destinations have included Citizen’s Advice, International Medical Corps UK, Lakehead Social Planning Council, Ministry of Defence and RWS Translation.

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For nearly 50 years materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University and we have a longstanding international reputation for our materials teaching and research.

Why study Materials at Loughborough?

- 3rd nationally for research quality (REF 2014)
- 3rd in the UK for Materials Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

We have contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge for well over 40 years. With 21 academics and a large support team, we have about 85 full and part-time MSc students, 70 PhD students and 20 research associates.

Our philosophy is based on the engineering application and use of materials which, when processed, are altered in structure and properties. Our approach includes materials selection and design considerations as well as business and environmental implications.

Our accredited programmes cover the most important materials used in the engineering applications of today and consider the development of materials to meet the needs of tomorrow. Accreditation by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) facilitates progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Materials knowledge and skills are in demand across many industry sectors and job functions, and therefore offer some of the widest range of job choices for graduates. Industry relevance is always a priority and much of our research work and master’s degree projects are industry sponsored, with scientists and engineers from industry contributing to our modules.

Our research activity focuses on today’s global challenges, including sustainability, nanomaterials, composites and processing. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our research and frequently interact with other departments and Research Schools.

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Mathematical Sciences

We have a long history of innovation in teaching, and we have a firm research base with strengths in both pure and applied mathematics.

Why choose to study Mathematical Sciences with us?

- 21st in the UK for Mathematics (The Complete University Guide 2018)
- 87% of research classed as 'internationally recognised' (REF 2014)

We are committed to driving forward innovation across the teaching and research of both pure andapplied mathematics.

We attract staff and students from all over the world, making it a diverse and stimulating environment in which to study. Active in high quality research across the broad spectrum of mathematics, we have an international reputation, with four fifths of research rated internationally-leading (or better) in REF 2014.

Our department consists of around 35 members of staff and 50 PhD students from all over the world. Our work is complemented and underpinned by senior visiting academics, research associates and a large support team.

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Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

We are leaders in technological research and innovation, with extensive national and international industrial links, and a long standing tradition of excellent teaching.

Why choose to study Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering with us?

- Awarded the 2013 Queen's Anniversary Prize for High Value Manufacturing
- 7th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 8th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

We develop and nurture the world’s top engineering talent to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world by integrating our research and education programmes in order to support the technical and commercial needs of society and to extend the boundaries of current knowledge.

We have a multi-national community of research students who form an important part of our internationally recognised research activities.

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We provide an academically stimulating and supportive environment for our community of physics students.

Why choose to study Physics with us?

- 4th in the UK for graduate prospects (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
- New for 2017 - £17 million STEMLab facility

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Social Sciences

We have long been recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for our cutting-edge interdisciplinary work.

Why choose to study social sciences with us?

- 1st in the UK for Media Studies (Guardian University Guide 2018)
- 5th in the UK for Sociology (Times Good University Guide 2017)
- 2nd nationally for research quality (REF 2014)
- Top 40 in the world for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)

We have a lively community of postgraduate students, taught by an internationally renowned interdisciplinary team, through the use of contemporary case studies and research-informed applied teaching and learning.

Our programmes provide training in digital culture, media, communications, sociological and anthropological theory, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.

We offer a rich variety of taught postgraduate master’s programmes relating to media, communication and culture. The courses are delivered by an internationally-renowned interdisciplinary team, through the use of contemporary case studies and research-informed applied teaching and learning. These courses provide training in media, communications, digital culture, sociological, anthropological, theory, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods.

Our academics work with a wide range of public and third sector bodies (eg BBC Trust, Metropolitan Police, the Electoral Commission, the College of Mediators, UK Drug Policy Commission, and the Department of Health). Our social policy and criminology research has world-leading impact, particularly in services for children and minimum income standards.

Graduates from the department go into the television industry, marketing, academia, publishing, plus many more industries. They work for companies and organisations such as China Development Research Foundation, Elsevier Ltd, Image Line communication, Institute of Psychiatry, Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam and X-Pert Med GmbH.

Loughborough is home to world-leading, original and internationally excellent research in communication, media studies,sociology, and social psychology.

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Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment in which to study.

Why choose to study with us?

- 4th in the UK for Sport Science (The Complete University Guide 2018)
- 1st in the world for Sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)

We are a globally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health across the natural and social sciences.

Recently ranked first in the world for sport in the QS World University Rankings 2017, our wide-ranging expertise encompasses such diverse areas as medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and sport management.

Loughborough attracts influential sport organisations from across the country, who wish to partner with us on a range of cutting-edge research, teaching and enterprise activities. These partnerships benefit postgraduate students by ensuring the School’s teaching and research is informed by industry and has a real-world impact on society, culture and the economy.

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world. Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

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