Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich J503 AAA 1 October 2018
MEng (Hons) 4 years full-time J502 AAA 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich J501 ABB 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time J500 ABB 1 October 2018

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

Materials Science and Engineering course overview

The Material Science and 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.

Materials Science and 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 and scientists are involved with developments in high technology engineering such as aerospace, power generation, automotive sector and through all sectors of industry and consumer goods.

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 Engineer status following graduation.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, 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.

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 differs from the BEng course by offering the opportunity to study technical and management topics at a more advanced level.

Year 1

  • Introductory Materials Science
  • Experimentation and Analysis
  • CAD and Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Analysis and Modelling
  • Introduction to Product Design
  • Mathematics for Materials
  • Mechanics for Materials
  • Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
  • Introduction to Materials Processing
  • Materials Applications: Imagineering the Future

In common with other Materials courses Materials Science and Engineering has a common first year allowing greater flexibility/mobility.

Year 2

  • Fracture Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanics for Materials
  • Materials Processing
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Group Design Project Statistics
  • Materials Modelling Mathematics for Materials

Plus a choice of 3 optional modules from the list below

  • Materials in service
  • Biomaterials
  • Phase Transformations in Materials
  • Vehicle Design and Development
  • Automotive Crash Protection
  • Vehicle Loading and Suspension
  • Language module of appropriate level

Year 3 MEng / Final year BEng

  • Nano Materials
  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Processing
  • Methods Surface Engineering

Composite Materials Functional Materials Advanced Principles of Materials Plus a choice of 3 optional modules from the list below

  • Materials in Service
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Language module of appropriate level
  • Vehicle and Component Design (3 module equivalent)
  • Project Management
  • Industrial Case Studies

Final year MEng

  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques
  • Energy Materials Group Design Project
  • Crystallographic Analysis of Materials
  • Materials Modelling

Plus a choice of 2 optional modules from the list below

  • Advanced Materials Dissertation
  • Enterprise Technology
  • Elasticity
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Industrial Case Studies

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


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.


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.

J503 Materials Science and Engineering - 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

J502 Materials Science and Engineering - 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

J501 Materials Science and Engineering - 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

J500 Materials Science and Engineering - 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, and additionally an interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants 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.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

The Materials Science and Engineering course prepares you for a wide range of careers, either as materials specialist, who are in short supply in industry, or as a high quality engineering graduate, flexible across a wide range of industries and job roles. It also contains a proportion of management modules and develops your 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), JCB(Graduate Engineer), Smiths Medical (Development Project Manager), Dyson (Graduate Engineer) and Fluor Ltd (Project 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 Apple, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BMW, Smiths Medical, Pirelli, Unilever, Diageo and CERN and Diamond Light Source.

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

Adam

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Automotive Materials

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Materials

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MEng

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3rd

Henry

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Materials Engineering

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Materials

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BEng (Hons)

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2nd

Jack

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Design with Engineering Materials

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Materials

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MEng (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Katrina

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Design with Engineering Materials

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Rachel

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Materials Engineering

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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