Loughborough University

LoughboroughLoughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, have topped the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018 and have been named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014), have been rated 5* for research in the International QS Stars Scheme 2017 and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford has more.


Located in the centre of the UK, our superb 440-acre, single-site Loughborough campus offers great features for every aspect of student life. With stunning gardens and open spaces, the most advanced sports facilities in the country and incredible opportunities to get involved in social activities, volunteering and the arts. We are also in an ideal location for travel – East Midlands Airport is only 20 minutes away, offering cheap, easy access to destinations across Europe and beyond.

Our facilitiesLoughborough

Our campus is the site of some incredible learning facilities. With purpose-built lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, a four-story library, an arts centre, theatres, dedicated 24/7 computer suites and many more additional teaching spaces, we can offer our students everything they need for a successful academic career.


Loughborough is also home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports. We have been British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) champions for 38 years running and our hard-earned sporting reputation is something that we are incredibly proud of. Regardless of ability or experience, there are opportunities to suit everyone. Our sporting facilities include an indoor athletics centre, an outdoor stadium, multiple sports halls and all-weather pitches, a 50-metre swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and two gyms.


Research at Loughborough Loughborough

Loughborough is renowned for its academic work and the benefits it brings to both society and our students’ learning. The vibrant research culture that is prevalent at Loughborough provides our students with a supportive learning experience and excellent standards of academic supervision. As well as being able to derive specialist skills and knowledge from top-quality research practice, our long-standing collaborative relationships with industry, public and private sector organisations invite excellent careopportunities.

As a doctoral researcher you will be a member of our Doctoral College, with access to a wide range of personal development and training activities that are designed to help you succeed in your studies and future career.

View our research opportunities.



Loughborough PhD funding

There are a number of ways you can fund your research degree, from loans to scholarships.

Loughborough University studentships typically cover the full cost of fees and may also include a tax-free stipend for living costs. In some cases, additional funding will be provided for research support expenses. Find out more.

A large number of independent organisations, charities and trusts support postgraduate research in a variety of areas and international students may be eligible for funding from grant awarding bodies in their own country, such as the Ministry or Department of Education. Find out more.

If you are a UK or EU student living in England, you may be eligible to apply for a UK government Doctoral Loan worth up to £25,000, which can be used to cover your tuition fees and living costs. Find out more.

How to apply

Our online prospectus will guide you through the application process, from finding a supervisor to writing a research proposal.

Get in touch
Postgraduate Research Admissions: pgresearch@lboro.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1509 228292