Department of Materials

Postgraduate taught

Loughborough-China materials partnership programme

Complete your degree in England

Gain a Masters degree from a top UK University

Improve your English Language

Increase your employability

This programme aims to produce high quality Chinese graduates in the field of materials science and engineering, with enhanced English language skills and a Masters degree from a Top 10 UK University.

The Department of Materials at Loughborough University (UK), in partnership with the following 985 & 211 Project Top Universities from China, offers this programme within its range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. 

  • Beihang University
  • Beijing University of Chemical Technology
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University
  • Shandong University
  • Sichuan University
  • Tongji University
  • Central South University
  • Shanghai University
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Successful applicants will be offered scholarships by Loughborough University.

The Loughborough-China Materials Partnership (LCMP) Programme is designed for students who have successfully completed three years of a materials relevant degree programme at selected Universities in China, and who now wish to broaden their experience, and go on to study at postgraduate level.

This is achieved by a two year programme. During the first year students study a combination of materials and language modules. In the second year, students register on one of the Masters programmes at the Department of Materials. Successful students are awarded an undergraduate degree from their Chinese University and a Master of Science degree from Loughborough University.


The first year:

  • English Language for Materials Engineering
  • Structures and Properties of Polymers
  • Polymers: Processing
  • Engineering Alloys
  • Composite Materials
  • Ceramics: Processing and Properties
  • Experimentation
  • Project and dissertation

Plus a choice of one of the following modules

  • Biomaterials (for Tissue Engineering)
  • Advanced Materials Characterisation

The second year:

  • MSc in Materials Science and Technology


  • MSc in Polymer Science and Technology

Prospective students are advised to consult the Materials College at your University for an application form, or advice on any matters relating this programme. Alternatively, please send an email to LCMP@LBORO.AC.UK for further information.

Entry Requirements

The programme is for third year students of a Materials relevant degree programme at one of our Partner Universities in China.

Candidates are required to pass IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.

Applicants are considered on the basis of University exam results, together with interviews regarding both academic and English skills.

Successful applicants will be offered scholarships by Loughborough University.

New from 2018: PhD Studentships for students graduating from our 3+1+1 China Programme

Two Research Studentships for PhD will be available each year from October 2018 for the top-performing students from the 3+1+1 China Programme in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical & Materials Engineering. Students need to show aptitude for a Doctoral Programme at Loughborough University. The studentships will be awarded on a ‘tuition fees only’ basis; living costs will not be included.

For more information about this opportunity please contact June Lennie, Postgraduate Admissions (Research):

Reputation - Loughborough University and Department of Materials

Loughborough University is one of the top academic institutions in the UK. It is in the top 10 of all UK universities in all national league tables. The University is known for offering a life-changing student experience. In the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2018, Loughborough came first in the country. Since the inception of the survey in 2006 Loughborough has topped the table eight times, and come in the top five no less than 11 times. Loughborough University has been awarded seven Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for its contribution to Higher and Further Education, an achievement only exceeded by the University of Oxford.

The Department of Materials at the University has long enjoyed a well-deserved international reputation for its excellent research and high quality teaching in the field of materials science and engineering. Amongst all UK Materials departments, since 2006, Loughborough's Department of Materials has frequently ranked No.1 and  continuously ranked in the top 5 in the “UK National Student Survey” in the Materials Technology category. In the UK national leage tables the department has always been in the top 10 and is currently ranked 2nd for "Engineering: Materials and Mineral" in the Guardian University guide 2019. The Department has close contacts with industry and industry-related research opportunities are available for students projects and dissertations. Our laboratories are first-class and we also have a world-class  Materials Characterisation Centre, which gives students an ideal environment for their research and studies.

Location - Loughborough and Loughborough University Campus

Loughborough University is located in the town of Loughborough in the heart of England, and is well served by road, rail and air. Main line road and rail network link Loughborough directly with the rest of the country. The local East Midlands Airport serves most major UK and European cities and many other international destinations. Nottingham is 20 minutes away, Birmingham 60 minutes and London and Manchester 90 minutes. Loughborough is a quiet British market town with lots of history and is famous for its bell foundry and textile heritage. Nearby Charnwood Forest and Beacon Hill are famous for their beautiful natural scenery with wide open parkland, and woodland.

Loughborough University is well known for its beautiful campus, which is home to about 16,000 full-time students, of which about 20% of them are from overseas. Loughborough University has the best sport facilities of any European University and was the official preparation camp for the 2012 TeamGB Olympic team. The Student Union is one of the largest in the UK and has a very wide range of clubs, societies and activities as well as a comprehensive programme of live entertainment. The University Career Centre and Language Centre offer students free services. A wide range of printed and online resources are available in University Library. Campus accommodation is available for both years of the LCMP programme and all rooms are equipped with internet and all the facilities that students require.