Loughborough University

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  • World Ranking

    301-350th in Times HE
    601-700th in Shanghai

  • Students

    11,705 UG
    4,315 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £94.51 p/w

Loughborough University is situated in the small market town of Loughborough in Leicestershire, central England. The population of Loughborough is 59,317. Loughborough is served by twice hourly trains to London St Pancras and good rail connections to the rest of the UK. The M1 motorway is very close, making travel to London by car an easy journey of around 80 minutes. The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport which offers flights to destinations in Europe as well as some in Africa and North America. London Heathrow is around 2 hours by road. The lowest average temperature in the area is 1 degree in January and the highest average temperature is between 19-22.5 degrees in July.

  • History

    Loughborough University originated in 1909 with the establishment of a small Technical Institute in the centre of Loughborough which provided local people with an opportunity for further education in technical subjects, the sciences and art. In 1966 Loughborough University of Technology was chartered and became the UK’s first technological university. It was renamed Loughborough University in 1996. In 2015 the University will open a second campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Since its foundation, Loughborough University has developed a reputation for technology and for its links with industry. In latter years it has also become renowned for its focus on Sport.


    Loughborough is a campus university. The main campus is 1.3 miles or an 18 minute walk from the town centre. A shuttle bus service is available every 10-15 minutes stretching to every hour at night. This service covers the town and airport.


    Loughborough university is ranked between 301-350 in the Times Higher Education rankings. Loughborough is ranked between 601-700 in the Shangai Jaio Tong rankings and is not a member of the Russell group of universities.
    Loughborough university is ranked =35th in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.


    There are currently 2500 international students at Loughborough, who come from 130 countries worldwide, representing 15% of total student numbers.


    Figures for 2013 indicate a total of 16,020 students of which 11,705 are undergraduates and 4315 are postgraduates.


    HESA government statistics show that 93.6% of Loughborough’s graduates are in employment or in further education 6 months after graduation. However, a breakdown of post-graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.


    Loughborough University hosts over 100 different sports and cultural societies. In keeping with its reputation, there is a big focus on sport – the university Sports Centre offers over 60 classes per week. The University also owns a theatre and auditorium and there is a cinema and nightclub on campus. The University Media department boasts a radio and TV station and musicians can join the University orchestra, concert band or choir. The town of Loughborough is home to 4 museums and a cinema as well as restaurants, pubs and cafes. Every year the town hosts the Loughborough Canal Festival.


    The University owns 16 halls of residence, most of which are situated on campus and close to the town centre. A range of catered and self-catered accommodation is available. All first year students are guaranteed accommodation in University-owned premises. Contracts vary from 35-41 weeks for undergraduates and most postgraduate contracts are for 50 weeks.

    The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities is £94.51 per week.
    An example price for catered accommodation is £94.51 at Royce Halls.


    International students
    International undergraduate tuition fee examples – Loughborough requests that you visit their web site for latest fee information.

    International postgraduate taught tuition fee examples – MA or MSc:
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    Subject Areas

    REF (Research Excellence Framework) is an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities. This information highlights areas of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields have scored 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.

    • Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
    • Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Civil and Construction Engineering
    • Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
    • Education
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials
    • English Language and Literature
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Social Work and Social Policy and Administration
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

    Online Courses

    Loughborough University currently offers one undergraduate part time distance course, a BSc in Strategic Automotive Dealership Management, and 4 postgraduate courses: Infrastructure in Emergencies MSc. Renewable Energy Systems Technology MSc Water and Environmental Management MSc Water and Waste Engineering MSc Water and Waste Engineering MSc is suited to those who wish to improve the delivery of water and sanitation services in low and middle income countries.

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