Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Automotive Materials

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

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.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year
  • Industry Accreditation

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Automotive Materials

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

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.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 1st for satisfaction with teaching  (The Guardia University League Tables 2016)
  • 4th for Materials Technology (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 91%  of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

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.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 yrs full-time sandwich J553
MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time J552
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 yrs full-time sandwich J551
BEng (Hons) 3 yrs full-time J511
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. 

Studying Materials

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.

Assessment

On average the ratio of examination assessment to coursework assessment in the degree courses is about 60:40, with greater emphasis on coursework in the first year to enable you to adapt your study skills to University life.

Graduate destinations

From well-known companies like Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Perkins Engines, 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
  • British Energy – Trainee Engineer
  • Bentley – Graduate Engineer
  • Nissan – Graduate Engineer
  • Magna Parva – Design Engineer
  • Scott Bader – Applications Engineer
  • Electrotech – Corrosion Engineer
STEMLab - new £17m facilities opening 2017

STEMLab is a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools, which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub. 

STEMLab allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate, with a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop, teaching laboratories, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal learning spaces. 

These enhanced facilities will further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world. 

Find out more about our new facility

Course structure

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
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
Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

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 

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: J553 MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 yrs full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 6 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J552 MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades
IB
37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 6 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J551 BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 yrs full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM with with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: J511 BEng (Hons) 3 yrs full-time

A-Level
ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM with with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

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

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band B course) £18,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Industrialtraining

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 E.ON, Rolls-Royce, General Motors, BMW, Smiths Medical, GKN, Unilever, Tata Steel and Mercedes-Benz.

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).

Placement year at Rolls Royce

Adam Kent, an undergraduate student from the Department of Materials, gives an insight into his industrial placement year with Rolls-Royce

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: J553

MEng (Hons) 4 yrs full-time

UCAS code: J552

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

UCAS code: J551

BEng (Hons) 3 yrs full-time

UCAS code: J511

Our students

Katrina Duncumb

“My placement year at Rolls-Royce was a fantastic experience. It gave me a perspective on what my course can help me achieve.”

Jack Beecroft

“My course is accredited and highly occupational. It enables me to access a wide range of industries without being restricted to a particular area of engineering.”

Henry Morton

“The support I’ve had has been fantastic – the Maths Learning Support Centre alone is great for maths help and staff at the Careers and Employability Centre have been indispensable whilst I’ve been applying for my placement.”

Katrina Duncumb

“My placement year at Rolls-Royce was a fantastic experience. It gave me a perspective on what my course can help me achieve.”

Jack Beecroft

“My course is accredited and highly occupational. It enables me to access a wide range of industries without being restricted to a particular area of engineering.”

Henry Morton

“The support I’ve had has been fantastic – the Maths Learning Support Centre alone is great for maths help and staff at the Careers and Employability Centre have been indispensable whilst I’ve been applying for my placement.”