Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Department of Materials

Welcome to the Department of Materials

  • Graduates that are in demand

    Materials is probably “Engineering’s best kept secret”

    Only small numbers of Materials Engineers graduate each year in the UK, making good materials graduates highly sought after

    Materials graduate
    Richard Simkins working at Rolls-Royce in Derby

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    Richard Simkins working at Rolls-Royce in Derby
  • Put your learning into practice with leading companies

    All our undergraduate courses have a one year industrial placement option

    Undergraduate student
    Pawel Malon working in the materials engineering section at Jaguar Land Rover

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    Placement student Pawell at Jaguar Land Rover
  • Making investments to give our students the best learning experience

    Amazing new facilities opening 2016/2017

    £17M StemLab opening 2017,
    £4M S-Zero developemnt opening Octocber 2016. All new laboratory, prosess, workshop and modelling facilities

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    StemLab new laboratory and workshop and design facility
  • What is materials?

    As a subject

    Many people simply haven't come across materials and don't realise how important it is to society and what a great career choice it makes

    Operating a dual beam scanning electron microscope

    Find out what materials is about

    Operating a dual beam scanning electron microscope
  • Small is beautiful

    With an annual intake of just 55 undergraduate students, 50 masters students and a community of 70 PhD students, we are a small friendly multi-cultural department, where learning is fun and you get fantastic support

    First or equal first for Materials in the National Student Survey five times in recent years

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    Undergraduate Lab Class
  • Research that makes a 'Material' difference

    95% of our innovative research was of ‘an international standard’ in the latest Research Assessment Exercise

    Ultra high temperature testing of ceramic heat shield materials @2700°C

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    High Temperature Testing
  • World class characterisation facilities in the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre

    Oxide Platelet grown on the surface of a stress corrosion crack in a sample of martensitic stainless steel after 98,000 hours of service in a power plant

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    oxide platelet

For nearly 50 years Materials Science and Engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University, contributing to the advancement of the field through teaching, research and enterprise activities.

Working closely with industry we offer all our students a first class educational experience with excellent career prospects and we have been voted first overall for materials, in the National Student Survey, for five out of the last six years.
New discoveries and improvements to materials have led to major advances in all aspects of life and our research continues to push developments forward in many areas of strategic and global importance.

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Find out more about materials as a subject »

Undergraduate »

Materials is Engineering's best kept secret, a great mix of Science, Engineering and Design. Three different course choices for either an MEng or BEng

Postgraduate »

Two advanced MSc postgraduate courses open up a whole new world of career options for science and engineering graduates

Research »

Make a real difference and join a vibrant and active research community working with industry on projects of real world importance


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