Loughborough University

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.26 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.95 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.88 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    83.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    81.7 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    94.9 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1909 as a small technical institute and in 1966 became Loughborough University of Technology, the UK's first technological university and was subsequently renamed Loughborough University in 1996.
  • Land acquisitions in 2003, 2006 and 2010 have made Loughborough one of the country's largest single-site campuses, with over 438 acres of land.
  • In autumn 2015, the university opened their second campus, Loughborough University in London, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offering postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise opportunities.

Location and Transport

  • Loughborough University is located on the edge of the market town of Loughborough. The cities of Nottingham, Leicester and Derby are easily accessible. London is 90 minutes away and East Midlands Airport is easily reached via public transport.
  • Loughborough railway station is 3 km (2 miles) away, the M1 1.6km (1 mile), and East Midlands Airport 14.5 km (9 miles). A shuttle bus operates between campus and the town/railway station.
  • Loughborough University London offers postgraduate postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise opportunities and is located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, within a new innovation quarter known as Here East. It is convenient and accessible, with easy and affordable transport connections to central London, the UK and Europe.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent UK qualification. Some courses may require a higher level of achievement.
  • Applicants are normally expected to have at least 3 A levels and in many cases specific subjects are required.
  • General Studies is not normally accepted, although there are a small number of courses that will accept it where it complements other subjects taken.
  • We accept a wide range of alternative qualifications.
  • BBB to A*AA A-level grades or equivalent, depending on the course.
  • For more information on entry requirements please see the Loughborough University website.

Student Mix

The 15,590 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%


  • UK 81%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 14%

Student gender

  • Male 59%
  • Female 41%

Course Flexibility

  • Every undergraduate course offers the opportunity of a year-long paid work placement in business, industry or the professions in the UK or overseas.
  • We actively encourage international study exchanges from between 3 and 12 months.
  • Alongside core modules, our courses are offer a range of optional modules, enabling students to tailor their courses to their individual interests and career aspirations.
  • The university-wide Language Programme offers a range of modules in French, German, Spanish or Chinese that can be taken alongside your degree programme.

Teaching Standards

  • 91% of Loughborough students said they were satisfied overall with the quality of their course in the 2015 National Student Survey, with our students placing us in the country's top 5.
  • We were rated top 3 for teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency.
  • Students are taught by leaders in their field, who are at the forefront of current research.
  • Every undergraduate course offers a year-long placement option.

Research Standards

  • In the latest research assessment, the Research Excellence Framework 2014, Loughborough consolidated its position in the premier league of research universities.
  • The university has over 40 research centres and institutes and six interdisciplinary research challenges, which accelerate the delivery of distinctive solutions to regional, national and international issues.
  • Awarded 7 Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.
  • Long-standing collaborative research links with many blue chip companies including adidas, Caterpillar, JCB, Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls-Royce.
  • Among the nationally-significant organisations based on campus are the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre, the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health and the National Cricket Performance Centre.

Academic Strengths

  • In the National Student Survey 2015, Loughborough was placed in the top 5 – one of our best ever results. The Students' Union was also highly ranked, finishing 3rd in the country.
  • Loughborough is the UK's premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework, Loughborough had the largest concentration of world-leading research in sport and exercise sciences, and 6 other subject areas featured in their national subject top 10.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • All hall rooms are wired for internet access, and most have wi-fi. Extensive wireless network coverage in both formal and informal study areas is available across the campus.
  • Free PC clinic, open until 8pm, for help with all students' IT issues. Drop-in access to dual-boot Apple Mac and Windows labs.
  • The university library provides more than 700,000 books, DVDs and CDs and access to 30,000 e-journals. It has over 1,300 study places and 200 work stations. A £4.5m refurbishment took place over the summer of 2013.

Disability Services

  • The Disability Office offers support, advice and guidance for students with a wide range of disabilities, including physical disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, sensory impairments and medical conditions.
  • It provides support and tuition for students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and other specific learning differences. It also supports students who face barriers affecting their ability to study as a result of mental health issues.

Students' Union

  • Successful student fundraising organization raise over £1m for charity in every year.
  • Offers a wide range of support services, over 100 societies, 55 sports clubs, a state-of-the-art media department TV and radio stations, recording studio and student magazine along with a programme of professional entertainment and social events.
  • More than 2,000 students volunteer in the community each year, gaining recognition from the Prime Minister and the Big Society Awards.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university has a part-time job shop on campus promoting work opportunities exclusively to Loughborough students, with daily tweets about new roles.
  • Access to a wide variety of part-time roles in a variety of different sectors both on campus and in the local area.
  • Roles might include research assistants, IT support, careers assistants, campus ambassadors, retail, marketing, business administration, and social media support.
  • Working can help develop a wide range of employability skills, strengthen a CV, and enhance chances of securing high quality placements and graduate jobs.
  • The university’s Employability Award can also help students gain recognition for personal and skills development, through work and other extra-curricular activities.

Careers Guidance

Our experienced teams provide a wide range of services and support to students, graduates, employers and staff including:
  • Advice and guidance on career options.
  • Developing skills and employability.
  • Preparing and applying for placements and work experience.
  • Meeting employers and finding graduate opportunities.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Loughborough is investing £130m in facilities over the next 3 years.
  • Loughborough opened a second academic campus – Loughborough University London – in the autumn of 2015 on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, offering postgraduate teaching, research and enterprise opportunities.
  • A new £5.6m health and fitness centre opened on campus in October 2014.
  • A £23m sport and exercise medicine centre opened in January 2015. The centre is part of the country’s first-ever National Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence.
  • STEMLab is a £17m investment in state-of-the-art laboratories opening in 2017 and is part of a wider £25 million investment in an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

Notable Alumni

  • Rosalind Ayres – actor.
  • Steve Backley – Olympic athlete.
  • Lord Sebastian Coe – Olympic athlete, Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and former Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
  • Michael Fabricant MP.
  • Sir John Gains – engineer.
  • Sir Frank Gibb – engineer.
  • Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson – Paralympic athlete.
  • Tom Karen – designer.
  • Paula Radcliffe – Olympic athlete.
  • Bridget Riley – artist.
  • Lisa Rogers – tv presenter.
  • Malcolm Sayer – designer of the E-type Jaguar car.
  • Bob Wilson – former Arsenal goalkeeper and sport presenter.
  • Sir Clive Woodward – manager of the England Rugby World Cup winning team, former Director of Sport at the British Olympic Association (BOA).
  • Monty Panesar – cricketer.
    Philip Serrell  tv presenter.
  • Sir Peter Bonfield – businessman.

Further Details

Address Loughborough University
LE11 3TU
UCAS Code L79