Frequently asked questions | Postgraduate taught applications and coronavirus

Loughborough University and Loughborough University London appreciates that applicants may be concerned about the impact that the coronavirus may have on their ability to take up their place at the University. We hope that the information below will answer some of the questions you may have.

Will the University start teaching as normal in October?

From October, the University is planning for students to have a mixture of in person classes (including practical and laboratory work) and online sessions (both live and pre-recorded). Students will also have guided independent study, supported by teaching staff and personal academic tutors. More information about the next academic year can be found here.

What if I cannot attend my studies in person, can I study online if I need to?

Although we encourage students to plan to study in person on campus with us, most of our postgraduate taught programmes will allow online study from October for the first semester only. You will be able to tell us that you wish to study online when you complete the registration process later in the summer. You still need to meet all the conditions of your offer and, if you are an international student, pay your CAS deposit.

There are some exceptions to this – because of their practical nature, it is not possible for all programmes to offer online study. Full details can be found on our 2021/22 study options webpage.

Students who plan to apply for a Graduate Route visa after their studies should be aware that the UK Government requires students to have completed a course of study in the UK in the previous year. Studying online may affect eligibility for this visa.

Will the University help with the cost of staying in quarantine when entering the UK?

Loughborough University London will reimburse the cost of quarantine to the value of £1,750, for new postgraduate taught and research students arriving from red list countries. See here for more information.

Can I defer my offer to January 2022?

Some of our programmes are available with a January 2022 start. If you are interested in studying with us from this date and have not already told us, please email us to let us know. A list of programmes which offer a January start date can be found in our online prospectus. Offers for alternative programmes are subject to you meeting the entry requirements and space being available on the programme.

What is the latest date I should accept my offer?

If you have applied to a programme offered by our School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, your offer email may ask you to reply to your offer by 31 July 2021. For all other programmes, the latest date to reply to your offer is 6 September 2021. However, we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as possible, so we can ensure you receive important communications.

If you elect to start your programme in January 2022, you should accept your offer and meet all the conditions of your offer by 10 December 2021.

I don’t know when I will receive my final degree results, so how can I meet the conditions of my offer?

We understand you may be concerned about the examinations you are due to sit later in the summer at your university and how you can meet our entry requirements. If your results are delayed, please be reassured we will process them as fast as possible to enable you to take up your place with us.

My university is only issuing ‘pass’ grades for final assessments without an actual percentage or GPA, will you still accept my degree? 

Most of our offer conditions require a specific percentage, score or grade to be achieved, and we are confident that most universities will still be able to provide this. If your university is only able to award ‘pass’ grades, please upload your results onto the Application Portal when you receive them. We will look at them on a case-by-case basis and where we can be flexible and accept results, we will.

My university will only issue me with an uncertified online transcript, will this be acceptable?

No, unfortunately we cannot accept an uncertified online transcript or screenshots of final marks. We can accept a pdf copy of your transcript which has been securely certified by your university, a document emailed to us directly from your university, or alternatively many universities have secure portals through which we can verify your result. In these cases, we will need you to give permission for Loughborough University to verify your result.

What is the latest date I can submit my final degree results?

The latest date to submit your results and meet other conditions of your offer is 6 September 2021 if you are planning to start with us in October 2021. If you submit results after this date, we will only process them if there are still places on the programme and there is time to complete the admissions process and for you to obtain a student visa (if required) in time for the start of term.

If you elect to start your programme in January 2022, you should submit your results and meet all the conditions of your offer by 10 December 2021.

My university is closed at the moment and it is not possible to get a reference on the university letter head, what do I do?

We can accept an emailed reference from your referee’s university email account. This should be sent to and should include your name and where possible, your application reference number.