Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Postgraduate study

Ergonomics / Human Factors Programmes

MSc ( 8 modules + Project module )
Post-graduate Diploma ( 8 modules )
Postgraduate Certificate ( 4 modules )

Ergonomics or Human Factors (the two terms are used interchangeably) is about 'fit'.  The fit between people, the things they do, objects they use and environments in which they work, travel and play.

If good fit is achieved, the stresses on people are reduced. They are more comfortable, they can do things more quickly, and easily, and they make fewer mistakes.  Loughborough has been a world centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors for over 50 years.

There is a strong practitioner bias and we have trained Ergonomists and Human Factors Specialists who now work in influential positions across the world.

There are four programmes that provide the necessary knowledge and skills to address ergonomics and human factors issues in the design of products, jobs, workplaces and systems. Each programme is accredited by the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF).

All programmes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.  The part-time programmes are usually undertaken over 2-3 years.  Part-time registration requires study of one or more module(s) per semester.  Each module is taught in a one week block.


The programmes are made up of block taught modules (15 credits) and for the MSc a research project (60 credits).  15 credit modules require an average of 150 hours study, including a mixture of lectures, seminars, group practical work, individual research and background reading.  Assessment methods usually include group and individual coursework and examination. Students are encouraged to undertake their main project in industry.  The project module is assessed with a dissertation and viva voce.

Entry Qualification

Applications are assessed on an individual basis. In general a good degree or professional qualification in a relevant discipline is needed; for example, anatomy, engineering (some branches), industrial design, health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology.

These are in addition to the General Entrance Requirements.

Careers and Further Study

The employment rate after graduation is usually excellent. Our graduates are employed in almost any industry: aerospace, ground transportation, hospitals, government services, industry and commerce. We have worked with companies such as Honda, Nissan, Decathlon, Motorola, Ericsson, e.on, Rolls Royce, Shell International, National Health Service, BAE Systems, AEA Technology, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Ford Motor Co. and many more.

Sponsorships and Scholarships

All international students applying for the full-time M.Sc. programmes in Ergonomics and Human Factors, who are funding their own tuition fees, are eligible for a Loughborough University (Ergonomics) Scholarship, giving a 25% reduction in fees.

All applicants will be considered for the scholarship at the time of their initial application where sufficient information is available. Awards will be made using criteria of academic achievement and potential.

Scholarships will be credited against the holder's tuition fees account. If a scholarship is offered the applicant MUST reply within 6 weeks of the offer or the scholarship will be offered to another candidate.

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