Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Design with Engineering Materials

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

Design is at the centre of modern life where the value of a product comes from a consumer’s perception of it. To create good design there are a large number of things that need to be considered, apart from aesthetics, such as safety, performance, cost, sustainability and end of life.

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

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Design with Engineering Materials

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

Design is at the centre of modern life where the value of a product comes from a consumer’s perception of it. To create good design there are a large number of things that need to be considered, apart from aesthetics, such as safety, performance, cost, sustainability and end of life.

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 combined materials engineering and design course considers products from the point of view of the materials from which they are made and how we design with the optimum choices of engineering materials to meet specified requirements.

This is critical for ‘Cradle to Grave’ design where a product is considered from concept, through manufacture and usage to end of life and reuse or recycling. This course will equip students for a career in design as a materials specialist.
It is well suited to those who like to understand how and why products work, rather than just the aesthetics and external appearance.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich H1JM
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time H1J5
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich HJ1M
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time HJ15
How you will learn

Through a careful balance of lectures, practicals and project-work, students learn how to apply the principles of ergonomics, engineering and materials technologies in developing design solutions.

Up-to-the-minute design case studies form an important part of the course and prepare students for the current issues and challenges facing product designers.

The course brings together the expertise and facilities of a number of University departments including the Loughborough Design School.

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.

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.

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

Recent graduate destinations include: Nestle, GKN Aerospace, Radius Systems, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch Thermotechnology, Greene Tweed, Firth Rixson, and Diageo.

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
  • Design Ergonomics
Year 2
  • Manufacture and Processing of Metals, Ceramics, Polymers and Composites
  • Mechanics and Testing of Materials
  • Electrochemical Technology
  • Design Principles and Practice
  • Visual Design (Visualisation)
  • Individual and Group Design Projects
  • Packaging Design Project
Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried industrial placement and/or overseas study.

Year 3 MEng / final year BEng
  • Sustainability, Recycling and the Environment
  • Individual Project
  • Design for Vulnerable Users
  • Automotive Crash Protection
  • Legal Aspects of Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Product Design and Failure (BEng)
  • Industrial Case Studies (BEng)
  • Maths for Materials (MEng)
Final year MEng
  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Tomorrows Materials
  • Masters Team/Group Project
  • Product Design and Failure
  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Tomorrows Materials
  • Design and Manufacture with Composites
  • Advanced Materials Dissertation
  • Realisation and Commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: H1JM MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Design and Technology
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, Chemistry or Design and Technology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: H1J5 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Design and Technology
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, Chemistry or Design and Technology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: HJ1M BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Design and Technology
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
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Design and Technology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD with with distinction in Maths modules
Additional

UCAS code: HJ15 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including two from Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Design and Technology
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
35 points with 6 6 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Design and Technology
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD 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

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 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 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: H1JM

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: H1J5

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

UCAS code: HJ1M

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: HJ15

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.”