Join us and become part of a top 10 research-intensive university in England.
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. We hope you’ll join us in bringing about these changes.
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.
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
- A top 10 University in every National League Table (Guardian University Guide 2022, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, The Complete University Guide 2022)
- University of the Year for Sport 2022 – The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022
- Top 10 Research University in English – REF 2014
- 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