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Loughborough University

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Loughborough University, Loughborough United Kingdom

Ranking

# =224QS World University Rankings

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144Undergraduate programs

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120Postgraduate programs

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5+QS stars

About Loughborough University

Loughborough University has a vibrant international community with around 18,000 students from over 130 different countries/regions.   

There are two incredible campuses, both located in different parts of the UK. The beautiful, green Loughborough campus is based in the heart of the UK. It is a superb 523-acre single-site campus that offers undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses.

Loughborough University London is located in the capital city of the UK on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This campus was established exclusively for postgraduate study and research. It combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

With a renowned student experience (2nd in the UK for student experience in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022), Loughborough University brings together high-quality teaching and support, a vast range of extra-curricular activities, world-class facilities, and industry connections to provide students with extensive placement opportunities and support with developing employability skills.

Along with having a strong reputation for sporting excellence, being one of the largest engineering universities in the UK and having a top 10 UK business school, Loughborough has outstanding rankings in both national and international league tables. Its strong sense of community and team spirit, as well as the progressive and ambitious attitude that is reflected in the success achieved, means it creates an experience that is truly special and distinctive among UK universities.

You can follow Loughborough University on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Our impressive reputation
  • Best in the world for sports-related subjects by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for Art and Design by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 9th in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for Communication and Media Studies by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 10th in the UK and 62nd in the world for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 7th in the Complete University Guide 2024 and in the top 10 for the eighth year running
  • Top 10 in the Guardian League Table 2023
  • Top 10 in The Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ 2022
  • University of the Year for Sport in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

About Loughborough University

Loughborough University has a vibrant international community with around 18,000 students from over 130 different countries/regions.   

There are two incredible campuses, both located in different parts of the UK. The beautiful, green Loughborough campus is based in the heart of the UK. It is a superb 523-acre single-site campus that offers undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses.

Loughborough University London is located in the capital city of the UK on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This campus was established exclusively for postgraduate study and research. It combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

With a renowned student experience (2nd in the UK for student experience in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022), Loughborough University brings together high-quality teaching and support, a vast range of extra-curricular activities, world-class facilities, and industry connections to provide students with extensive placement opportunities and support with developing employability skills.

Along with having a strong reputation for sporting excellence, being one of the largest engineering universities in the UK and having a top 10 UK business school, Loughborough has outstanding rankings in both national and international league tables. Its strong sense of community and team spirit, as well as the progressive and ambitious attitude that is reflected in the success achieved, means it creates an experience that is truly special and distinctive among UK universities.

You can follow Loughborough University on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Our impressive reputation
  • Best in the world for sports-related subjects by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • 6th in the UK and 32nd in the world for Art and Design by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 9th in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for Communication and Media Studies by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 10th in the UK and 62nd in the world for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • 7th in the Complete University Guide 2024 and in the top 10 for the eighth year running
  • Top 10 in the Guardian League Table 2023
  • Top 10 in The Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables’ 2022
  • University of the Year for Sport in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Available programs

We offer a fantastic range of undergraduate courses as well as a comprehensive range of foundation courses and the International Foundation Programme.

Every undergraduate course has the option to undertake a placement year, which involves a year working in industry either in the UK or overseas. Some courses also offer the option to study abroad at an overseas university.

There are various Bachelor’s degrees available depending on your chosen course, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Master’s in Science (MSci)
  • Master’s in Engineering (MEng)
  • Master’s in Chemistry (MChem)
  • Master’s in Planning (MPlan)


For more information on all our courses and the opportunities associated with them, visit our undergraduate study pages.

We offer a range of postgraduate qualifications at our Loughborough and London campuses, including taught master’s programmes and doctoral qualifications.

Taught programmes:

Our taught programmes include postgraduate certificates (PGCert) worth 120 credits, postgraduate diplomas (PGDip) worth 150 credits and 180 credit master’s degrees, such as MSc, MA and MBA qualifications where you will complete a final research or a work-based project.

Research programmes:

We offer a wide range of doctoral qualifications across our schools, departments and institutes. These include:

  • PhD
  • EngD
  • PhD by Practice
  • PhD in Creative Writing


A PhD or EngD is the highest academic qualification that you can achieve. Your research must make a significant, original contribution to new knowledge, building on your critical appreciation of existing knowledge of the subject.

For more information on all our postgraduate degrees both in Loughborough and London, visit our postgraduate study pages.

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University information

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry. You can find out about the entry requirements for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate study on our website.

You can also visit our international website for application information, including details about English language requirements.

You are also able to access our visa and immigration advice webpage for more details about how to apply for your visa.

General

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Bachelor

1180+
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Master

550+
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The Loughborough campus offers world-class facilities for every aspect of University life, providing students with an unparalleled learning and social experience.

We are continually investing in state-of-the-art equipment to give our students the best possible opportunities to reach their potential. One of our most recent developments is STEMLab – a £17m centre containing the most advanced laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces for science and engineering students. STEMLab is part of a wider £25m project set to transform the University’s West side of campus into an incredible 'Student Learning Zone'.

We are home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class facilities across a wide range of sports. As a Loughborough student you can access everything from high-performance training venues to free recreational areas. Our facilities include an indoor athletics centre and track, a 3,000-capacity outdoor stadium, sports halls and all-weather pitches, a 50-metre swimming pool, squash, badminton and netball courts, an indoor tennis centre and outdoor courts, a cricket centre and state-of-the-art fitness centres.

The Loughborough University London campus is situated on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, within an innovation quarter known as Here East. The area is a hub for the creative, new media and digital industries. Our unique location provides a stimulating environment for students and staff to ask questions, challenge ideas and collaborate with a wide range of inspiring industry partners.

We operate inside over 9,000 square metres of collaborative learning space, providing state-of-the-art equipment and materials to ensure research, teaching and creativity can thrive. You can find out more about our facilities on our website

On Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you can benefit from being within walking distance of The Copper Box Arena, London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley Velopark, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and the London Stadium (formerly the Olympic Stadium).

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Student life

Loughborough's incredible 523-acre single-site campus has everything you need for a convenient student life. To get to academic buildings, sports pitches, the Students’ Union and our halls of residence, you will be strolling through our wonderfully maintained open spaces and gardens.

When it comes to our abundant facilities, you’ll be spoilt for choice. On campus, we have bars, restaurants, cafés, dining halls, hotels, two gyms, a medical centre and pharmacy, an optician, a dental practice, a hairdressers, launderettes, a taxi rank and a large nightclub.

Loughborough is a busy market town and provides everything you could need as a student and much more, with a great choice of restaurants, entertainment and shopping.

The Students’ Union works to promote positive health and well-being for all students and, alongside the University’s Support Services, can help with everything from exam stress to finding accommodation.

In your spare time, there is something for everyone. You can join in with our Rag charity fundraising, community action volunteering, LSU Media, the Athletic Union and over 100 different clubs and societies.

The London campus is at the heart of a dynamic, new community at the East side of London. The area is home to more artists, creators and makers than anywhere else in Europe.

With over 18 million visitors every year, it's easy to see why London was named the best student city in the world (QS Best Student Cities 2023). With a stunning mix of shopping, culture and tourism districts, alongside vast parks and open spaces, London is a popular choice for thousands of students in search of the perfect balance of study, work and fun.

At both of our campuses, we have a proud tradition of looking after our students. We take our students' health and well-being very seriously. We deliver much of this support to you through our academic, guidance and welfare services. You can view more information about the student support we offer at our Loughborough and London campuses on our websites.

Our aim, as part of the Loughborough experience, is to equip our students for every aspect of their life and career. Employers are impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and competitiveness Loughborough graduates demonstrate.

With placement options available on every undergraduate course, we pride ourselves on supporting our students to gain the vital experience and develop the skills employers seek.

Our postgraduate programmes in both Loughborough and London are committed to maximising your employability and helping you reach your career goals.

For this reason, we're 1st in the UK for employer-student connections and within the top 25 globally in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022, we've been awarded 5* for employability in the International QS Stars Scheme 2023 and we're in the top 15 in the UK for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2024.

You can find out more about our Careers Network on our website and how it supports international students to maximise their career prospects. 

Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

Loughborough University is one of the top universities in Loughborough, United Kingdom. It is ranked #=224 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #242
  • 2014
    #=244
  • 2015
    #=265
  • 2016
    #228
  • 2017
    #237
  • 2018
    #234
  • 2019
    #=218
  • 2020
    #222
  • 2021
    #226
  • 2022
    #231
  • 2023
    #=256
  • 2024
    #212
  • 2025
    #=224
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