Postgraduate study


For nearly 50 years materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University and we have a longstanding international reputation for our materials teaching and research.

Why study Materials at Loughborough?

I particularly like the multidisciplinary approach, where physics, chemistry and engineering come together to provide solutions to practical problems.

ANTONIO, MSc Polymer Science and Technology

  • 3rd nationally for research quality (REF 2014)
  • 3rd in the UK for Materials Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2018)

We have contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge for well over 40 years. With 21 academics and a large support team, we have about 85 full and part-time MSc students, 70 PhD students and 20 research associates.

Our philosophy is based on the engineering application and use of materials which, when processed, are altered in structure and properties. Our approach includes materials selection and design considerations as well as business and environmental implications.

Our accredited programmes cover the most important materials used in the engineering applications of today and consider the development of materials to meet the needs of tomorrow. Accreditation by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) facilitates progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Materials knowledge and skills are in demand across many industry sectors and job functions, and therefore offer some of the widest range of job choices for graduates. Industry relevance is always a priority and much of our research work and master’s degree projects are industry sponsored, with scientists and engineers from industry contributing to our modules.

Our research activity focuses on today’s global challenges, including sustainability, nanomaterials, composites and processing. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our research and frequently interact with other departments and Research Schools.

Extracurricular opportunities

At Loughborough, we are proud to offer a wide range of activities for you to get involved in outside of your studies. A popular society is the Engineers Without Borders Society, which is great if you're interested in engineering, international development, technology or if you just want to try something new!

Our facilities

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout your studies and fully-equip you for your future endeavours.

We have excellent facilities which include a newly refurbished and extended process and pilot area, and the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC) which, with its state of-the-art equipment, is one of the best suites of its kind in Europe.

The Centre supports our research and teaching activities developing understanding of the interactions of structure and properties with processing and product performance.

You will also benefit from our superb facilities on campus, which includes stunning gardens and open spaces, alongside a rich variety of shops. With comprehensive support systems for our postgraduate community, it is easy to see why Loughborough is consistently ranked as a top university for student experience.