Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Automotive Materials

Materials

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich J553 AAA 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time J552 AAA 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich J551 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time J511 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

95%

of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles

DLHE 2015

1st

in the UK for overall student satisfaction

NSS 2016

Top 10

for Materials

Automotive Materials course overview

This degree course combines the core elements of materials engineering with specific training of relevance to the automotive (vehicle and transport) industries. Selective modules are taught in conjunction with the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.

Backed by all sectors of the automotive and transport industries, this is the definitive course to prepare you for a career in an important industrial world market.

The course utilises the resources and expertise for which Loughborough University is a Centre of Excellence (and is recognised as such by BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company, and Rolls-Royce, as well as by national research and education leaders in materials and automotive engineering). It offers a special blend of materials engineering knowledge linked to an appreciation of vehicle and engine design, plus management skills and the international awareness that is required of professional engineers.

Professional memberships and accreditation

The Department strongly believes in the benefits professional institutes and industry bodies can bring, and finances membership for all students of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Our courses are accredited by IOM3 providing a route to Chartered Engineering status following graduation.

Facilities

The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Teaching and learning methods include a mixture of lectures, tutorials, practicals, seminars, project work and self-study. You are encouraged to develop a range of study, communication and management skills, including presentation, project management and participation in group activities. Average contact time ranges from about 23 to 28 hours and varies throughout the semesters.

The first two years of a BEng or MEng share the same content, format and structure, with a good mix of theory, application and practical content from day one.

The MEng differ from the BEng courses by offering the opportunity to study technical and management topics at a more advanced level.

Year 1

  • Experimental skills
  • Introduction to Materials
  • CAD and Engineering Drawing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Product Design and Materials Selection
  • Maths and Mechanics for Materials
  • Vehicle Design, Development and Manufacture

In common with other Materials courses, Automotive Materials has a common first year allowing greater flexibility/mobility.

Year 2

  • Manufacture and Processing of Metals, Ceramics, Polymers and Composites
  • Mechanics and Testing of Materials
  • Electrochemical Technology
  • Vehicle Design
  • Automotive Crash Protection
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Maths for Materials

Year 3 MEng / final year BEng

  • Sustainability, Recycling and the Environment
  • Individual Project
  • Vehicle and Component Design
  • Powertrain Technologies
  • Design and Manufacture with Composites
  • Fracture and Failure
  • Surface Engineering
  • Advanced Materials (MEng)
  • Industrial Case Studies (BEng)
  • Tomorrow’s Materials (BEng)

Final year MEng

  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Tomorrows Materials
  • Masters Team/Group Project
  • Vehicle Engine Analysis
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Surface Analysis and Microscopy
  • Materials Modelling

Plus one optional module

Optional modules include:

  • Language Studies 
  • New Product Development 
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Advanced Materials Dissertation 

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

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations, which vary from module to module, but overall the approximate ratio is 60/40 Exams/Coursework. Modules containing design-orientated work, individual and group projects are also assessed by oral presentation and in some cases poster presentation.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification for BEng and MEng variants.


The information above 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. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

J553 Automotive Materials - MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J552 Automotive Materials - MEng (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD with Distinctions in all Mathematics units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J551 Automotive Materials - BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM with Distinctions in all Mathematics units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

J511 Automotive Materials - BEng (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including any two of Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM with Distinctions in all Mathematics units
Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application. In some cases we may invite applicants for interviews in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. We hope that all applicants would take the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Graduate destinations

From well-known companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Bentley, Aston Martin, AMG-Mercedes and JCB, to specialised engineering and component manufacturers serving the automotive industry, the range of destinations for our graduates is wide. Because of its all-round comprehensive nature, graduates of Automotive Materials are also equipped for the full range of Materials Engineering career options.

Recent graduate destinations and positions include:

  • Jaguar Land Rover – Engineer, Project Manager and Team Leader
  • Federal Mogul – Graduate Trainee Engineer
  • JCB – Graduate Engineer
  • Bentley – Graduate Engineer
  • Nissan – Graduate Engineer
  • Plastic Omnium – Graduate Engineer
  • Aston Martin – Crash Protection Engineer
  • Bosch – Graduate Engineer

Industrial training

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements sending over 45% more students on placement than any other university (2013 HESA student record)

This course includes the option of a paid year working in industry. Our close links with industrial partners means we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing and securing their placement.

The year in industry is optional but it is strongly encouraged because of the many benefits it can provide. Placement students earn a salary, typically over £16,500 per annum, and many are offered a permanent job with their host company when they graduate.

Placement roles can range from positions in Formula 1 motor racing companies, aircraft and automotive companies, large to small engineering companies, to marketing and business management positions in industry. Recent companies who have employed our placement students include Pirelli, Rolls-Royce, General Motors, BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Perkins Engines, Bentley, Bosch and AMG-Mercedes.

Study abroad

Students also have the opportunity to undertake international study exchanges or work placements overseas. Successful completion can lead to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS).

Our students

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Course

Automotive Materials

Department

Materials

Qualifications

MEng

Year of Study

3rd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: J553

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: J552

BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: J551

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: J511