Design School


Linh Nguyen

Ergonomics & Human Factors MSc

"I enjoy the teaching staff the most. I've been reading their work for years and thanks to this programme have been able to meet them in person! "

Who are you?

My name is Ling Nguyen.  I am from Calgary in Canada. 

What was your undergraduate degree?

Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, specialised in Ergonomics/Human Factors from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Why did you choose Loughborough?

Loughborough's ergonomics master's programme has a worldwide reputation for excellence. I've met many successful ergonomics/human factors professionals in Canada that have taken the programme. My mentor took the programme over thirty years ago and went on to establish the ergonomics specialisation at my university. A nice bonus is that it's an intense one year program rather than the two to three year Master's programs in Canada.

There are a long list of reasons as to why I was attracted to Loughborough, including both academic and personal benefits. These include its long and illustrious history of ergonomics programmes (over fifty years); the world class research facilities and teaching staff; international accreditation by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) and international scholarship opportunities (which gave Loughborough a competitive advantage over other Ergonomics programs offered in the UK); the exciting opportunity to live abroad, plus Loughborough's reputation for great student experience!

How did you fund your studies?

I paid for my tuition using a combination of personal finances and student loans. The University awarded me the International Students Scholarship (25% off tuition) which has helped tremendously.

What did you enjoy about your programme?

I enjoy the teaching staff the most. I've been reading their work for years and thanks to this programme have been able to meet them in person! There are so many world renowned researchers yet they're all kind, helpful and there to help students succeed. 

How would you describe the study environment & support?

The teaching quality is top notch and the research facilities are amazing. I'm looking forward to working in the Loughborough Environmental Ergonomics Lab driving simulator this summer for my master's thesis project.

The staff are very approachable, supportive and open to feedback about course projects and deadlines. The University has a number of free support services such as counselling and career advice.

What was a typical day for you?

I spend a lot of time studying and completing project work in the beautiful Design School, make frequent trips to the library (where they have the most extensive collection of ergonomics textbooks), attend lectures and try to go to a fitness class on campus like Pilates, interval training or yoga.

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to work in the field of user experience (UX) design. The program has helped me become a highly skilled qualitative and quantitative researcher. The ergonomic/human factors methodology and processes that I've learned, such as systems ergonomics and human computer interactions, are transferable and applicable to a range of industries.

The Design School does an incredible job of connecting students with potential employers. Another bonus is that they organise interactive events such as Global Service Jam where students can learn more about service design and connect with industry professionals.


Chen is currently working as a Lead User Experience and HMI Specialist  for Jaguar Land Rover.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about studying Ergonomics at Loughborough?

Go for it, you won't regret it!  It provides world class education, amazing facilities and great people at every corner.

What did you do when you weren't studying?

The campus buzzes with positive energy and activity every day – there's always something going on. I didn't join any official clubs but I loved all the fitness options on campus. I've made good friends through the programme and met great people at the School.

What did you enjoy the most about being a student at Loughborough?

I was always learning in a positive environment and being pushed to be the best I can be. Also, it was awesome to have London and the rest of the U.K. just a train ride away!