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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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Politics & Government (30) Engineering (12) Chemistry (6) Computer Science (8) Creative Arts & Design (9) Business & Management (5) Finance (14) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Communication & Media Studies (7) Biological Sciences (4) Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Sociology (33) Economics (10) Mathematics (25) Medicine (26) Physics (29) Materials Science (24) Psychology (31) Education (11) Information Services (20) Philosophy (28) Geography (17) Environmental Sciences (13) Social Work (32)

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Here we bring together world leading research, teaching and outstanding links with industry. Our well established reputation is built on a long and successful history, Automotive Engineering began in 1919 and Aeronautical Engineering in 1935. The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering is one of the very few which brings together the excitement and challenge of aeronautical and automotive engineering. Housed in purpose built facilities that includes laboratories, workshops, wind-tunnels a flight simulator and a technical display area where a BAE Systems Hawk jet plane takes pride of place. The Department enjoys a close relationship with the Aeronautical and Automotive industries, with academic staff involved in industrial research collaboration. This ensures that our tradition of high quality teaching is underpinned by an in-depth knowledge and interest in the sector. The active research culture also ensures that teaching is informed by the latest thinking in the field and that project work is challenging and relevant to aircraft and automotive technologies. Our graduates are testament to our success, helping to provide industry with the skills and knowledge to give them the competitive edge to succeed in the 21st century. Why choose us? Top 10 in the UK for Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. Times Good University Guide 2022 and The Complete University Guide 2023. Top 10 for graduate prospects. Times Good University Guide 2022 and The Complete University Guide 2023. Average starting Salary of £28,500. Graduate Outcomes from 2019-20 graduates. Top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction. 2019 National Student Survey. Unrivalled industrial connections. We enjoy close working links with Rolls-Royce, Ford Motor Company, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, JCB, Airbus, Lotus, Bentley and many others. 100% of research impact rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent,’ REF 2021 £14 million bespoke facilities and the new 17 million state-of-the-art STEMLab facility. For more information on facilities on campus.

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Our vision is for a world-leading integrated School of the Built Environment that works with students and partners to address the great global challenges facing the built environment and is recognised internationally as a collaborative and supportive workplace where exciting progress takes place. "We are one of the largest centres for built environment education in the UK. We bring together outstanding facilities, superb teaching and excellent industry links to ensure that you are ready for your future career." Professor Malcolm Cook, Dean of the School 1st in the UK for Architecture The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Building The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Town and Country Planning and Landscape The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 2nd in the UK for Building Complete University Guide 2024 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Building Complete University Guide 2024 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Architecture The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 2nd in the UK for Research Quality in Architecture Complete University Guide 2024 Top 5 in the UK for Research Quality in Civil Engineering The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 & Complete University Guide 2024 Our integrated School We rely on Architects, Urban Planners, Construction Managers, Architectural Engineers and Civil Engineers to shape the world we live in, from the design of buildings resilient to climate change, through to the management of contractors during construction and the planning and maintenance of transport systems. When you graduate, you are likely to be part of a team working on the planning, design, building and maintenance of infrastructure systems such as bridges, roads, railways and a variety of buildings such as skyscrapers, airports, hospitals or sports stadia worldwide. This requires an understating and appreciation of the various people and processes that contribute to the construction cycle, that you can only acquire by studying in an integrated School such as ours. This interdisciplinary ethos also underpins research within the School, with colleagues undertaking research at the interface of subject boundaries or drawing upon each other’s expertise to provide new insights. This benefits our students when it comes to choosing their research projects. In addition to students being able to formulate their own project with academics from different fields, we are also able to advertise projects that innately span the knowledge base and technical skill sets of different professions in the built environment. Equality, diversity and inclusion Our School is dedicated to supporting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment – to create a better world, together. The diverse backgrounds, characteristics and opinions within our community are our great strength and are key to our pursuit of research, enterprise, and educational excellence. The wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority. We recognise the value of a fulfilling and balanced work and personal life and seek to support colleagues in achieving this balance. We are committed to ensuring all within our community are fairly heard and represented. We pledge to address inequality and inequity, increase diversity – specifically supporting opportunities for under-represented groups – and ensure inclusivity. Our School is a place where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated, and celebrated.

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Loughborough Business School Welcome to business with a difference – and you can be part of it. Supercharge your career with courses that’ll equip you to move forward in resilient, sustainable organisations. The world is facing some big challenges right now that require us to think about business differently – so we can better balance economic priorities with social and environmental ones. You can be part of that change by choosing a business school that equips you to follow your passions while also having an impact in resilient, purpose-led organisations. Studying a master’s that encompasses the newest ideas in business is a sure-fire way to position yourself as a sought-after candidate for jobs in future-thinking organisations. If you want to align your future success with the needs of communities and the planet, joining us on one of our master’s programmes at Loughborough Business School is one of the best ways to do it. We’ll help you raise your game and that of purpose-led businesses too, with master’s degrees that include inspiring development opportunities and unparalleled insights through world-class research. You’ll go away with a deep understanding of how business models can be improved for the future – supercharging your career and equipping you with the tools and confidence to become an effective and inspiring business leader. Why Loughborough? Top 150 in the world for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023) Triple-accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) ensuring the highest quality of education Top 10 in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) Top 100 globally for Graduate Employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022) Extracurricular masterclasses and public lectures from industry speakers A range of funding options available.

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We are regarded as one of the UK’s leading chemical engineering departments and are consistently ranked highly in UK university league tables. Our courses are taught by experts in subjects which address current societal challenges, such as renewable energy and low-carbon systems, in world-class facilities. Along with our close links to industry, this means that we have an outstanding reputation for producing highly trained, well-educated and professional Chemical Engineers. Chemical engineering is all about turning raw materials into everyday products. The food and drink we consume, the energy we use, and the medicines we take, all depend on technical know-how and ingenuity of chemical engineers. Our graduates oversee the safe manufacture of these products, all whilst managing resources and protecting the environment. We have an outstanding reputation for producing highly trained, well-educated and highly sought-after Chemical Engineers who are equipped to succeed in today’s global economy. Throughout your time at Loughborough, you will be part of a thriving, friendly research and teaching community. Our courses are taught by experts supported by world-class facilities. The department is housed in a newly-refurbished building with an impressive pilot plant, laboratories, teaching spaces and a 360 degree virtual learning dome, alongside modern computing facilities. Studying at Loughborough is an enriching and valuable experience that opens routes to many career possibilities. We aim to realise the potential of all our students, and to help you find your place in the busy, exciting and fulfilling world of engineering.

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Chemistry at Loughborough University enjoys an outstanding scientific reputation for teaching and research with internationally renowned staff and excellent resources. Research and innovation Chemistry research at Loughborough is incredibly diverse. We work with scientists from other disciplines at universities around the world and within industry to address some of the biggest global challenges that face us today. Academic staff Chemistry at Loughborough is a dynamic community of academic staff, research students and visiting fellows. We pride ourselves on the inclusive, collegiate, and stimulating environment within the department.

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The Department of Computer Science is one of the most well-established university computing departments in the UK with a long track record of developing skilled and highly employable graduates, and a reputation for cutting-edge research and industry engagement. The Department of Computer Science is a dynamic community of academic staff, research students and visiting fellows. We pride ourselves on the inclusive, collegiate, and innovative environment within the department at Loughborough. 1st in the UK for Overall Satisfaction in Computer Science NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY (NSS) 2022 All eligible courses accredited BRITISH COMPUTER SOCIETY & TECHSKILLS Industry links INFORMING COURSE CONTENT AND OPENING PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES With strong industry links that inform the curriculum and a stimulating learning environment that boasts state-of-the-art facilities, the Department of Computer Science at Loughborough is renowned for providing students with cutting-edge skills and knowledge required to work in the fast-paced world of computing and technology. RESEARCH The Department of Computer Science has a dynamic research and innovation culture with an international reputation for research in such diverse areas as AI, machine learning, robotics, computer networks, and theoretical computer science.

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Welcome to the School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough University Bringing together expertise from across Design and Creative Arts disciplines, the School is committed to facilitating societal change and providing viable solutions to contemporary challenges at national and international levels. 1st in the UK for Fashion and Textiles, Product Design, and Graphic Design The Guardian University Guide 2023 2nd in the UK for Art and Design The Times Good University Guide 2023 2nd in the UK for Art and Design The Complete University Guide 2023 We strive to deliver a world-class education in design and creative arts, developing high-quality graduates who are leading practitioners in their field Our vision is to educates students to become responsive, persuasive innovators of change, able to instigate creative, intelligent responses to a variety of contemporary challenges. The School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough is proud to nurture a vibrant, innovative, and creative community of staff and students from across the world. This incredible diversity allows us to bring together ideas, experiences, and knowledge from every corner of the globe. Teaching and learning experiences are hands-on, creative and industry oriented. Students are given a fully rounded education and are empowered to harness their own unique creative style, producing outcomes that offer real-world benefit. We offer a full portfolio of study options, from foundation level through to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and professional short courses, as well as a variety of inspiring postgraduate research opportunities.

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The analysis of some of the most important works of literature ever written, and an opportunity to discover your own voice, in the company of inspiring and world-leading academics. Part of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Our MA programme exposes the students to a wide range of professional development training and opportunities, encouraging students to think about their transferrable skills and career as a writer, as well as their own writing. The course includes core creative writing modules alongside professional development: students will learn how these things relate to each other in the case of each individual; their writing, skills and aspirations. There are workshops on a range of genres in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, as well as sessions on how to plan, structure and edit completed work in your chosen form. Students will also learn about the role of writers in a variety of settings, including the Heritage Sector, community arts and events. The course also includes training on research skills, including accessing information from a range of sources, which are key to post-graduate study, writing the dissertation, and working as a writer.

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Geography and Environment Geography and Environment We offer a range of courses, as well as opportunities to join our wider research community as part of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. As the integrated study of landscapes, peoples, places and environments, Geography is a vital subject through which to increase understanding of our rapidly changing planet. 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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International Relations, Politics and History, a division in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, is an exciting interdisciplinary study area. Migration, populism, war and peace-building and international history are some of the topics we study to understand our world and how it is challenged by factors such as climate change, urbanisation and technological innovation. Experts within this division research and teach across areas relevant to contemporary politics and international studies with an emphasis on migration, populism, development politics and security and defence issues. We have a particular strength in the study of regional politics in Africa, Europe and the Arctic. Colleagues work and teach on issues such as gender and militarism, climate change and security, terrorism and urban warfare. The division is also home to a strong teaching and research base in contemporary and international history with colleagues teaching slavery, empire, post-colonial politics and post-1945 Britain. Our research focuses on contemporary politics and political theory, modern and international history, international organisation and security studies. We emphasise our policy-relevant work which is linked to practical work for government, NGOs and public debate. Whilst most of our research is linked to humanities and the political and social sciences we also have a fascinating portfolio of interdisciplinary research into the history of ideas, radical movements and activism, gender politics, international politics and history, government and governance, politics and the arts, media studies, history, and digital humanities. In addition to our exciting range of taught programmes, there are also a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to us as a doctoral researcher. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of PhD opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you. We offer a supportive environment for postgraduate study and foster strong research links between academics and students. Students participate in seminar planning and receive tailored advice on fellowships and publication. Graduates from this area have secured prestigious positions in academic institutions, whilst others have pursued careers in academic publishing, in international and UK-based campaign groups, and with civil society organisations.

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For nearly 50 years Materials Science and Technology has been a core strength here at Loughborough, contributing to the advancement of the field through teaching, research and enterprise activities. 2nd in the UK for Overall Satisfaction National Student Survey 2022, Materials Technology 2nd in the UK for Materials and Mineral Engineering The Guardian University Guide 2022 Top 10 in the UK for Materials Technology The Complete University Guide 2023 Top 5 in the UK for Materials Technology The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 Top 5 in the UK for Graduate Prospects The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 Top 200 Worldwide for Materials Science International QS World Rankings 2022 All our courses offer a year-long work placement or overseas study option

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The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University brings together innovative teaching, dedicated learning resources and facilities plus one-to-one guidance from the Mathematics Learning Support Centre to create a stimulating study environment. Active in high-quality, cutting-edge research across the broad range of mathematics and its applications, our far-reaching reputation attracts staff, students and visitors from around the world. Our taught programmes aim to cater for students who do not necessarily have a first degree in single honours mathematics. The programmes give a strong grounding in areas of mathematics that are relevant to employment in a large number of sectors. The specific knowledge of the theme areas also enables graduates to pursue research careers. Building on our acknowledged strengths in pure and applied research in mathematics, our postgraduate programmes can also offer established collaborative training ventures with industrial partners.

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Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering As one of the largest engineering schools in the UK, we are leaders in technological research and innovation. With extensive national and international industrial links, we strive to provide an unrivalled educational experience, equipping our students with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in industry in the 21st century. Top 100 in the world for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS BY SUBJECT 2023 Top 10 in the UK for Mechanical Engineering THE GUARDIAN UNIVERSITY GUIDE 2024 Top 5 in the UK for student experience in Electronic and Electrical Engineering THE TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES GOOD UNIVERSITY GUIDE 2024 Study with us Our undergraduate, masters, PhD and apprenticeship programmes are industry driven, research focused and delivered by our world-leading academics.

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Loughborough University's Department of Physics brings together an international community of academic staff and students to create a stimulating and supportive environment for learning, research and enterprise. Our physicists are deeply involved in both fundamental research and in shaping the next generation of technologies that will transform the world around us. We are passionate about instilling our students with the physical insight and confidence to shape the future. "I can't recommend Loughborough highly enough. The department was large enough to offer a broad range of well taught modules, but small enough to know people on a first name basis. Martin Graduate" The Physics department offers a wide range of study opportunities for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. We are able to offer industrial placements in all our undergraduate courses - giving students the chance to gain invaluable work experience and the possibility of securing graduate employment before their final year. As a Loughborough student you will benefit from the University's recent investments in STEMLab, bringing brand-new physics teaching facilities to the campus, and in refurbished laboratories in the Sir David Davies building, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for computing, engineering and mathematics. The staff in our department have been recruited from major research centres worldwide. This creates a lively and stimulating community which publishes in highly ranked physics journals and attracts visitors and collaborators from around the world, with 91% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the REF 2021. The Department of Physics has been awarded Juno Practitioner status in recognition of its work to progress the Juno principles within the Department. Project Juno is a national scheme operated by the Institute of Physics (IOP) that recognises and rewards physics departments that have taken action to address gender equality and to encourage better practice for all staff.

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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. Our social policy and criminology research has world-leading impact, particularly in services for children and minimum income standards. Our research and analysis of ‘A Minimum Income Standard for the United Kingdom’ is the leading standard of its kind in the UK, and is being replicated internationally. Our sociology research focuses on intersections of class, gender, race, religion and other social identities and structural inequalities, migration and citizenship, digital media, health, and consumption, culture and inequality. We are committed to delivering outstanding research that transforms lives and societies and influences and informs government policy. Our staff work with a wide range of public and third sector bodies, including Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the NHS, Child Poverty Action Group, the National Police Chiefs Council and the Victims Commissioner for England and Wales. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies and organisations such as China Development Research Foundation, Elsevier Ltd, Image Line Communication, Institute of Psychiatry, the Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam, University of Bath, University of Plymouth, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia and X-Pert Med GmbH.

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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences As the No.1 University in the world for sport-related subjects, we offer unrivalled research, teaching and partnerships across sport, exercise and health sciences. Our expertise spans the fields of biomechanics, cellular and molecular biology, economics, medicine, nutrition, pedagogy, physiology, psychology, sociology, sport management and more. Join us to push the boundaries of sport and health science in the UK and internationally. No.1 in the world for sport-related subjects QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2017-2023 100% of our research impact rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK 2021 Athena SWAN Silver award RECOGNISING OUR COMMITMENT TO GENDER EQUALITY About us Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) is renowned as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health through the natural and social sciences. The School is highly-rated in national university league tables and has been ranked No.1 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for for seven years in a row (2017-2023). Our wide-ranging expertise encompasses such diverse areas as medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and sport management. The unrivalled breadth of our undergraduate courses, postgraduate programmes and research degrees attracts students from all over the world. An international reputation for teaching and research Over the years the School has built an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. With our globally renowned staff collaborating with other academic institutions, centres and industry partners around the world, the School has been recognised for both the quality of our research and our highly competitive undergraduate, postgraduate taught and doctoral programmes. The establishment of a pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre at Loughborough - one of three regional hubs that, together, form the country's first ever National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine - further cements our reputation at the forefront of these fields. With access to state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching resources, equipment, sport and exercise facilities, Loughborough University and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences offer both a truly unique student experience and a dynamic centre of research excellence.

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