Options to start a master’s programme in 2020-21

At Loughborough, we understand that the world is changing and our fantastic teaching and support services must adapt quickly in order to continue providing an outstanding experience for our students.

Begin your studies in October 2020

We intend to admit a cohort of postgraduate students to our London campus in October 2020. As well as offering face-to-face teaching, all of our master's students at the London campus will be able to access lectures and tutorials online, so every student will have the option to begin their studies as planned this autumn.

Lectures will be delivered and recorded by the same top-quality academics that you can expect from your discipline and from a UK top 5 university. Plus, you will engage in regular interactive tutorials and seminars, as well as a range of other academic and social opportunities that will be made available to all students online or in person. Recordings will be made available on the University's virtual learning environment and full training will be offered to all students ahead of the start of term, so that you can familiarise yourself with the platform and begin your studies feeling calm, confident and ready to learn. 

We hope these options will be particularly useful for any students who are unable to travel to the UK or to the campus right away. As soon as circumstances change, we will be ready and waiting to welcome you to our vibrant postgraduate community in person.

Charlie Carter, Director of the International Office

If you choose to begin your studies online, you will need to be on campus no later than February 2021. If this later turns out not to be possible, you will be able to pause your studies and complete your course on campus in the following academic year.

Begin your studies in January 2021

To provide maximum flexibility for as many students as possible, we are also offering a January 2021 start for a number of master's programmes in Loughborough and in London. 

Master's programmes starting in January 2021 will run for 13 months, ending in January 2022. In order for a January start to be made possible, we may be required to make some adjustments to the ordering of modules for these programmes. Revised programme specifications for courses starting in January 2021 can be found here.

Programmes offering a January 2021 start in London are as follows:

If you are an EU student and apply or defer entry to January 2021, you may be required to apply for a student visa in order to commence your studies. Further announcements on this will be made in due course here.

For January 2021 entry, we will also be running a 6 week pre-sessional course (Course E) between 12 October – 27 November 2020. The application deadline for this programme is 21 September 2020. For more information, please visit the Academic Language Support Service website.

Information for existing applicants

If you have already applied to study with us in 2020 and you are in receipt of an offer from the London campus, you can request to join a programme with a January 2021 start by completing the below form.

This form is for current applicants only. New applications for a January 2021 start can be made via the application portal. For advice on completing a new application, please visit our How to apply pages.

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Please note: this information is for Loughborough University's London campus only, if you are looking for information on changes made to programmes taught at Loughborough University's East Midlands campus, please visit their website.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in studying one of the programmes with a January start date. How do I apply/defer my offer?

We will provide more details about the option to start a course in January 2021 by the end of May. This will include information about how to apply for these programmes. If you are holding an offer for a master’s that will be available with a January start we will write to you to advise what steps you need to take should you wish to defer to January 2021.

If I join an online pre-sessional English language programme at Loughborough University, will I be eligible to continue to a master's starting in either September 2020 or January 2021?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the University pre-sessional English language programme will be eligible to join a Loughborough master’s programme in either September 2020 or January 2021.

How do these arrangements impact on my accommodation options? 

We understand that our applicants will be at various stages of applying for accommodation and that you may have questions about how these changes will affect your specific situation. For more information and advice, please contact our Student Accommodation Centre or look at their website.

What precautions are you taking to ensure the health and safety of students on campus?

When we reach the next academic year, we will continue to support our students in every possible way. We will of course comply with social distancing requirements, ensure hand wash stations and hand gel dispensers are available across our campuses, and intensify our cleaning regimes. We continue to invest heavily in the services available for the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.