Undergraduate study2017

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Materials Engineering

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

The Material Engineering degree course is a carefully planned academic course which meets the specific requirements of industry and the relevant professional bodies and in particular the MEng degree offers a fast track route towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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

MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

Materials Engineering

Department of Materials

Year of entry: 2017

The Material Engineering degree course is a carefully planned academic course which meets the specific requirements of industry and the relevant professional bodies and in particular the MEng degree offers a fast track route towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

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)

Materials Engineering covers all the fundamental scientific, engineering and design aspects of Materials, their structure, properties, processing, in-service behaviour and environmental impact. Materials are at the centre of any engineering activity and lie at the heart of research and development aiming to improve performance, efficiency, sustainability and hence profitability.

Materials advancements are identified as strategically important to the UK and world economies.

Materials engineers are involved with developments in high technology engineering such as aerospace, power generation and through all sectors of industry.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich J503
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time J502
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich J501
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time J500
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.

Selection

Applicants who demonstrate the potential to meet our entry requirements are invited to an interview which provides an opportunity for you to meet staff, see the Department and the campus.

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

The Materials Engineering course prepares you for careers as materials specialists in industry. It also contains some management modules and gives you many transferable skills to enable you to fit in well in the workplace and quickly build a career.

Recent graduate destinations and positions include:
Rolls-Royce (Project Engineer), Morgan Advanced Materials (Materials Engineer), Atkins (Project Engineer), Smiths Medical (Development Project Manager), Dyson (Graduate Engineer) and Fluor Ltd (Project 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
  • Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
  • Accounting for Managers (MEng)
Year 2
  • Manufacture and Processing of Metals, Ceramics, Polymers and Composites
  • Mechanics and Testing of Materials
  • Electrochemical Technology
  • Advanced Testing and Characterisation
  • Product Design
  • Marketing
  • Maths for Materials
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
  • Fracture and Failure
  • Surface Engineering
  • Design and Manufacture with Composites
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Materials
  • Industrial Case Studies (BEng)
  • Tomorrows Materials (BEng)

Plus 2 optional modules

Final year MEng
  • Industrial Case Studies
  • Tomorrows Materials
  • Masters Team/Group Project
  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Surface Analysis and Microscopy
  • Materials Modelling

Plus 2 optional modules

Optional modules include:

  • Operations Management
  • Language Studies
  • New Product Development
  • Laser processing
  • Automotive Crash Protection
  • Legal Aspects of Product Design
  • Human Resource Management (MEng)
  • Advanced Materials Dissertation (MEng)

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: J503 MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
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: J502 MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
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: J501 BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
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: J500 BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry
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 2017-18

 

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,250
International Students (Band B course) £19,900

 

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: J503

MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: J502

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

UCAS code: J501

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: J500

Our students

Katrina D

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

Jack B

“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 M

“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.”

Adam C

“Loughborough is well respected for the quality of its engineering courses and graduates, standing me in great stead when looking for a job in the future.”

Rachel B

“I think since starting at Loughborough I have developed as a person and my confidence has rocketed.”

Katrina D

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

Jack B

“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 M

“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.”

Adam C

“Loughborough is well respected for the quality of its engineering courses and graduates, standing me in great stead when looking for a job in the future.”

Rachel B

“I think since starting at Loughborough I have developed as a person and my confidence has rocketed.”