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Human Factors for Inclusive Design MSc / Diploma / Certificate

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: Up to 3 years
  • School: Design

Programme information

The field of ergonomics and human factors is about ensuring a good fit between people, the things they do, the objects they use, and the environments they work, travel and play in. We offer five postgraduate taught programmes in the field of ergonomics and human factors which take a scientific look at these interactions and apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Our programmes are awarded separate qualifications but share many core modules. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that you benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area, ensuring that you are trained to the highest professional standard. Joining us on one of these well-respected programmes will provide you primarily with a broad ergonomics education, with further opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest to you.

The programmes are professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE). The CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, opening up employment opportunities worldwide. Our Ergonomics in Health and Community Care programme meets the requirements for you to become a Registered Member of National Back Exchange.

How the programme is taught

A key feature of our Ergonomics postgraduate programmes is the way in which we deliver them. Each module is taught over a one week intensive period in Loughborough, these are also known as block taught modules. Outside of this time, you will be expected to complete prepared programme materials and assignments using email and the internet. We will provide you with access to an interactive online system to provide you with additional materials and information. This system also enables you to participate in tutorial type discussion remotely.

As well as a full-time MSc qualification, this programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.  These different levels of education provide a flexible approach that enable many of our students to come from a diverse range of backgrounds – including completing study whilst in full-time employment.  We also have a number of students who choose to study part-time.

Please see our ‘Programme modules’ (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/taught/ergonomics-human-factors/modules/) page for more information about what modules are studied for each qualification and the dates for the coming year.

Who is this programme for?

The course is aimed at students who want a broad human factors education with a focus on aspects concerned with inclusive design.  Current and past students have come from a large range of backgrounds, both in the UK and internationally. Degrees and experience held by our past students include the fields of: industrial design, health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and branches of engineering. 

Industry connections

The programme has strong links with industry.  As part of the programme you will also be encouraged to undertake your main project in industry, providing realistic experiences and learning.  The programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what you are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert.

Outside speakers include industry (Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce, AMEC); health and safety (e.g. aviation safety, environmental); health practitioners; and lecturers from other Universities.

Entry requirements

For the MSc, an offer will be made to applicants who hold a first or second class upper UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or closely related subject. For applicants who are yet to receive their first degree results, a conditional offer will be made pending results. If you are unfortunate to miss your conditional offer you can contact the Design School to discuss your situation.  For our Diploma and Certificate Programmes we assess applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more here.


Assessment may include: individual report, group evaluation, group presentation, open book test, class test, critique, coursework, dissertation, and a viva voce.

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Teaching and learning

All modules are taught through a combination of: seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical classes, workshops and guided independent study. 

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 3 £9,000 £20,500

University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.


A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.

Our students

Yining Lee

"The support is great. We have skilled tutors that give us advice as well as directing the way to get support for our ideas."

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"My programme offers a diverse range of modules and is a great way to develop new skills whilst also expanding upon your existing skill set."

MA Industrial Design and Technology

Yining Lee

"The support is great. We have skilled tutors that give us advice as well as directing the way to get support for our ideas."

MA User Experience Design


"My programme offers a diverse range of modules and is a great way to develop new skills whilst also expanding upon your existing skill set."

MA Industrial Design and Technology