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a top 10 research-intensive university in England

Loughborough University

Join us and become part of a university committed to making tangible improvements on a global scale.

Loughborough is an internationally renowned university located in the heart of the UK. Our outstanding research is generating globally important work which is driven by society’s need for solutions to real-life issues, making it not only cutting edge, but relevant too - ultimately, helping to improve the quality of people’s lives.

The results of the latest Research Exercise Framework, published in 2022, underline our dedication to bringing about change: 91% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Life as a Loughborough research student

Our PhD students work alongside stand-out academics who at the forefront of their disciplines. We focus on an interdisciplinary approach to research, which is driven by society’s need to address real-world issues.

All PhD students are members of our Loughborough Doctoral College, which offers a vibrant and supportive research community. We seek to provide all students with a supportive and exciting environment by creating new working cultures, emphasising transferable skills, and forging lasting links with industry. You will benefit from our extensive doctoral training and development programme and a suite of activities designed to provide practical and pastoral support at every stage of the PhD process.

The Careers Network offers a specific service to PhD students, which allows greater focus on the skills researchers can offer employers. PhD students can also access entrepreneurial support via Loughborough Enterprise Network. In addition, Loughborough is home to one of the UK’s largest recruitment fairs, which is held on campus each year (submit to Covid restrictions).

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.

Based on Queen Elizabeth Park, our dedicated postgraduate campus in London is home to seven institutes and brings together influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators.

a top 10 research-intensive university in England

Follow your passion for research

We offer a number of funded and self-funded PhDs in the arts, design, engineering, health, humanities, mathematics, science, social sciences and sports disciplines. We are currently part of four Doctoral Training Partnerships and are home to 14 Centres for Doctoral Training.

Our recent achievements

  • Consistently ranked as a UK top 10 university by the Complete University Guide 2016-23
  • 91% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Exercise Framework 2021)
  • University of the Year for Sport 2022 – The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
  • 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

Funding for PhD study

A research degree is a long-term commitment. For you to focus on your studies, it is important to ensure your funding is in place for the duration of your degree. We offer a range of funded and self-funded opportunities.

Find out more

Postgraduate Open Events

Join our virtual postgraduate open events to chat to staff and students, access course and professional services presentations and take a virtual campus tour.

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Web chats

Join one of our regular web chats to chat to students and ask any general questions you have.

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a top 10 research-intensive university in England



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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the biggest engineering schools of its kind in the UK. We aim to provide international leadership in research and innovation and an unrivalled educational experience.
Our graduates are testament to our success, helping to provide industry with the skills and knowledge to give them the competitive edge required to succeed in the 21st century.
In addition to holding two prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize we are home to two EPSRC National Centres, for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation.
Our industrially focused research enables us to work with some of the world’s most renowned engineering companies and helps us to generate over £15 million in external research contracts each year.

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