Undergraduate study


Materials study area


Ranked 2nd for Materials Technology in the Guardian University League Table 2017

Why Choose Materials at Loughborough?

Materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough for nearly 50 years, leading to the development of significant industrial links, with our degrees being highly regarded by employers.

We have one simple mission – we aim to provide you with a first-rate learning experience, in a strategically important subject area, leading to a wide choice of valuable careers.

Professional memberships and accreditation

Most of our degree programmes are accredited to facilitate future progression towards professional qualifications such as Chartered engineer (CEng) and we strongly believe in the benefits professional institutes and industry bodies can bring. We finance membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for all our students.

Career prospects

Materials graduates are currently in high demand from employers, since the subject covers the entire breadth of engineering and manufacturing activity across many industrial sectors.

Our graduates can be found in roles spanning technical, production, project and research management through to technical marketing and sales.

Industrial training

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, with over 30% more students on year-long placements than any other university (2015/16 HESA UG Student Record).
All of our undergraduate courses in materials engineering provide the option of a paid year working in industry. The Department’s 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.

Industrial contacts

Industrial contacts in the department are substantial with an annual research income of over £3 million. Industry sponsored student projects, many related to our bigger research programmes, add real relevance for our students and many of the same companies offer year long and summer placement jobs.
These contacts not only provide potential employment for our students, but also provide invaluable experience from within the industry which is reflected in our teaching.


The Department is superbly well-equipped, with extensive laboratories containing state-of-the-art equipment in materials processing, testing, analysis, simulations and characterisation.

The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre offers specialist electron microscopy, x-ray, thermal and surface analysis. A design suite and a new drop-in computer suite also offer computing
and rapid prototyping facilities.