Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

Undergraduate study

A volunteer on a treadmill in an Ergonomics lab

BSc (Hons)

Ergonomics (Human Factors Design)

Design School

Year of entry: 2015

This course covers the area of biomechanics, human biology, design, psychology, anatomy and physiology. It is taught by world-leading experts in the field of Ergonomics, Human Factors and related disciplines, ensuring that you are taught cutting-edge material to the highest standard.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 6th for Art and Design
    (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)
  • Recognised by The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors
  • 94% of students were satisfied overall with this course

The course content is covered by theoretical and practical classes, giving you both an in-depth knowledge of the subject and hands-on experience.

All learning and teaching is divided into a number of modules. Each module covers a specific topic and is given a credit value depending on how intensive the module is. Some of the modules you will study are compulsory and therefore must be studied by all students on the course.

These usually cover fundamental theory and knowledge, vital to graduating from this particular course. You may also study a number of optional modules, which you can choose from a list.

Modules cover a range of topics, for example; methods for investigating human safety, health, comfort and performance, biological topics, psychological topics, design of work environments, how ergonomics and design work together; different environments affecting ergonomics; driver and vehicle ergonomics; designing products, and sleep and biological rhythms.

Professional Recognition

Our well established Ergonomics (Human Factors) degree course is recognised by The Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (the professional body of ergonomics in the UK) to which the students are entitled to apply for membership.

Professional Training

Students taking the four-year course spend their third year on an industrial placement involving ergonomics. Satisfactory completion of the industrial year leads to the additional award of the Diploma in Professional Studies. Although it is the student’s responsibility to arrange an approved placement, we provide considerable help. 

Recently students have had placements in the UK and abroad, with BAE Systems, British Telecom, the Health and Safety Executive, Human Engineering, IBM, Nestle, Michelin, Thales, QinetiQ, Rank Xerox, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin Lagonda. Transfer between the three and four year course is normally possible.

Study Abroad

Loughborough University actively encourages students to undertake international study exchanges or work placements overseas.

Participating students can spend between 3 and 12 months at a university in another country as part of their degree, or spend a placement year working with an employer overseas.

In both cases the opportunity to gain insight into another culture, broaden experience and develop both intellectual and personal maturity, is invaluable. Successful completion may lead to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS).


Prospective students will be invited to visit the School. This gives you the opportunity to meet staff and students, and to view the facilities available. You will be considered on the qualifications you offer, on your referee’s report and your background.

We encourage mature students and overseas students to apply. No distinction is made between three and four year courses. All applicants must meet the University English language requirements.


Assessment is by written examinations and coursework, with project work forming an important component of the latter. Some modules are assessed only by coursework.

Career Prospects

92% of our 2012 graduates from this course, are in employment or further study (of those available for work or study). You can be assured that studying this course provides you with the expert training to engage with a wide number of industries immediately after graduating.

Ergonomics offers one of the greatest ranges of career possibilities, almost without constraint. Wherever there are people and technology there is a role for ergonomics. Whilst many jobs advertise specifically for ergonomists or human factors specialists (airlines, defence, energy industry, automotive etc.) many more advertise for ergonomics skill sets but under different names.

Vocations such as health and safety, risk management, human performance, user centred design, inclusivity, accessibility, customer satisfaction etc. are all seeking ergonomists! Accordingly, the opportunity exists to respond to a diversity of career openings in a whole host of industries.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Redweb, Usability Practitioner
  • Mott MacDonald, Human Factors Engineer 
  • BAE Systems, Human Factors Engineer
  • Serco, Human Factors Consultant 
  • Atkins, Ergonomics Consultant
  • Pirelli, Ergonomist
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Human Machine Interaction Engineer
Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time J920
BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time J921

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory Modules 

  • Introduction to Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics and Design
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Introduction to Environmental Ergonomics
  • Basic Experimental Psychology and Psychology Practice
  • The Body at Work
  • Study Skills
  • Ergonomics in Design of Everyday Artefacts
  • The Mind at Work
Year 2

Compulsory Modules 

  • Ergonomics in the Design of Multi-User Systems
  • Vision
  • Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Thermal Environment
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Human Response to Noise and Vibration
  • User Experience Design
  • Ergonomics and Development of Complex Systems/Services
  • Ergonomics of Human-Computer Interaction
  • Ergonomics Research Data Analysis
  • Ergonomics Experimental Analysis
Optional Placement Year
Final Year

Compulsory and Optional Modules:

  • Driver and Vehicle Ergonomics
  • Systems Ergonomics
  • Designing Products for People
  • Disability, Ageing and Inclusive Design
  • Human Performance at Environmental Extremes
  • Applied Vision
  • Psychology and Health 
  • Psychology, Performance and Human Resources
  • Project

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: J920 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

BBC from 3 A-Levels
BB, plus Highers at majority B grades
30-32 points minimum including SL Maths
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview.

UCAS code: J921 BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

BBC from 3 A-Levels
BB, plus Highers at majority B grades
30-32 points minimum including SL Maths
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM
GCSE Maths grade C. All short-listed candidates are invited for interview.

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: J920

BSc (Hons) DPS / DIntS 4 years full-time

UCAS code: J921

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