School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Postgraduate taught

Frequently asked questions

Applying for a Masters Degree

Can I turn up for an individual visit?

We strongly advise that visiting applicants attend one of the University's Open Days.  Due to a range of teaching and other work commitments, we cannot guarantee that relevant staff will be available for non-invited impromptu visitors.

More information regarding the University's Open Days can be found here: Open Days

If you wish to attend on any of the days please email wspgsupport@lboro.ac.uk 

I do not have an undergraduate degree, can I still apply?

Applicants with an HND qualification from a recognised university or college may be considered for entry. This will need to be supported by relevant industry experience. Programme Directors will review these applications on a case-by-case basis.

What are the English language requirements?

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

The Wolfson School IELTS English language requirements is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What are the full-time tuition fees for 2019 entry?

Tuition fees cover the cost of your registration, teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The tuition fees for all our MSc programmes for 2019 entrants is as follows:

UK/EU Postgraduate Taught: £10,650

International: £22,500

Further details regarding tuition fees and course costs are available at the following link: Fees and financial support

What are the part-time tuition fees for 2019 entry?

Part-time fees are charged on a per credit unit of study basis. 

The fee per credit for 2019 entrants is approximately £59.17

Part time students only pay for the credit they study in any one academic year. Each MSc course is made up of 180 credits (8 taught modules at 15 credits each, one 60 credit dissertation).

Fees are broken down by full course cost/180, e.g. if a student studies 3 modules in 2019/20:

£10650/180 = £59.17 x 45 credits (3 x 15 credit modules) = £2662.65 for 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fee shown above is for new students commencing the first year of study in 2019 only. Subsequent years of study are typically subject to an increase.

If you require any further clarification on how part time fees will be charged, please contact the Postgraduate Student Administration Team at: wspgsupport@lboro.ac.uk

Further details regarding tuition fees and course costs are available at the following link: Fees and financial support

What Bursary and Scholarships are available to fund my postgraduate studies?

If you’re planning on studying a taught programme within the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering you may be eligible for one of our scholarships or a bursary.

The following link provides you with the details for the Scholarships and Bursaries we have available:

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Bursary and Scholarships

For further information please contact the postgraduate admissions team at pgtaught@lboro.ac.uk

I have a sponsor paying for my fees, how do I arrange for them to be invoiced?

If you are expecting to have your fees paid for you by a sponsor, you will need to provide the Finance Office with proof that your sponsor has agreed to pay. This should be a formal letter from them on headed paper. You can also upload this letter to your application via the portal. Failure to provide this will result in you being liable for the fees yourself.

When you accept the offer of a place on a postgraduate taught degree you are accepting responsibility for the payment of your tuition fees. This applies even if you are being sponsored and your sponsor fails to pay.

I am a self-funding student, when will I be billed?

If you are self-funded, you have the option to pay the tuition fees manually or in automated instalments. There are three instalment dates (November, January and May) and the statement will be sent to your term address, so it’s important that we hold the correct details for you.

The online payment system provides an easy, flexible method to enable you to pay tuition and accommodation fees due for the academic year. There is also the option to pay any other fees owing.

Further details regarding the online payment system and additional methods of payment can be found here: Finance Office Students

What are the University term dates?

The University term dates can be found at here, you will also find a lot of other useful information.

What are the options for accommodation for full time students?

Loughborough University has a wide variety of options for postgraduate accommodation. As well as four halls of residence that are available to postgraduate students, there is a wide selection of privately owned accomodation in Loughborough. These range from individual rooms with shared facilities, shared houses suitable for groups, self-contained flats to large private halls. Information regarding our award winning accommodation can be found here.

What are the accommodation options for part time students?

Loughborough University offers several opportunities for short stay accommodation on campus. This ranges from a room in our dedicated visitor accomodation in University Lodge to an on-site hotel and conference centre. Information regarding all of the options available for part-time students and those staying with us for a short time can be found here.

The degree programme

How is the MSc delivered?

All our MSc programmes are delivered in block taught weeks, meaning our students engage with all of the learning and teaching without one or two full weeks (typically Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm) and have around four weeks or so to submit any associated coursework. Exams will be taken during the University's main examination periods at the end of each Semester in January and May.

Please contact the Postgraduate Taught Adminstration Team for more detailed programme structures on wspgsupport@lboro.ac.uk 

How are modules assessed?

The majority modules are assessed with a mixture of examination and coursework. A small number of modules are assessed on a coursework only basis. Examinations typically represent 70% to 80% of the final module mark, and take place at the end of the Semester the module was delivered.

IT Information

I am thinking about buying a PC. What do I need to know?

The main system operating system for the University is Microsoft Windows 7 and nearly all engineering software runs on Windows.  For your own PC or Laptop MS Windows 10 will be OK.  Software is not available for other operating systems such as Mac OS X.  However, if you have a Mac you might like to think about installing Boot Camp which will allow you to install Windows on your Mac.

Network
If you are in hall you will be able to use the network, so you need an ethernet card rather than a modem. If you intend to use the P.C. for e-mail or other Internet use off campus (e.g. at home) from a telephone line you will need a modem (56 Kbps minimum). Internal modems, as supplied with most P.C’s are usually run by software. External hardware modems are often faster and more reliable. These are plugged into one of your serial ports. You may choose to use your computer off-campus and instead of a telephone line, use a Cable Modem or an A.D.S.L. modem. You will need advice from your Internet Service Provider. Wireless networking is also available in many locations on campus.

Hardware
If you are going to purchase a new laptop or PC generally the specification should be OK, however, check that there is a minimum RAM of 4GB for general use, or 8GB plus if you intend to add CAD software onto your machine.

Computers Suitable for CAD Software
Notebooks are not recommended due to the screen size.  Most modern PCs and laptops should be OK to run CAD provided they have MS Windows 7, 8 or 10, 8GB of RAM and OpenGL graphics capability.  However, there are occasionally issues with PCs and laptops which are usually to do with the graphics cards.  General laptops cannot be guaranteed to work with NX because graphics card are mostly designed for video and games which use DirectX.

Graphics Cards for CAD
To guarantee a computer which will work a graphics card or chip must be on the hardware certification list from Siemens PLM.  On these lists you should be looking for something like a Nvidia Quadro K610M or a K620M as the cheapest option for laptops.  However, you would probably be looking at a laptop which costs upwards of £1500.  It is a lot cheaper to run NX on a desktop PC because you can add in a graphics card like a Nvidia Quadro k420 which should be around £100. 

It is also worth noting that NX and other engineering applications can be accessed via many of the computer labs on campus of which quite a number are available 24/7.

Data
Your data is your responsibility.  
A USB memory stick of 8 GB or more is useful to have for transferring your data between your PC or laptop and the University labs. Also, ideally you will need a portable 500Gb usb hard drive which will allow you to keep back-up copies of your work.  You should also consider a CD or DVD writer so that you can make archive copies of your work. CD and DVD writers are also available in the University Computer labs.

What software will be available for my PC?

The main system operating system for the University is Microsoft Windows 7 and nearly all engineering software runs on Windows.  Software is not available for other operating systems such as Mac OS X.  However, if you have a Mac you might like to think about installing Boot Camp which will allow you to install Windows on your Mac.

The core software used by the University is Office 2010.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft have a Student offer for MS Office, further details can be found at:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/ - Check the Student Deals section

Other Microsoft Software via Dreamspark

MS Programming and Other Software, available as downloads.

Free for registered Loughborough students.

      Visual Studio
      Visio
      Project
      Access
      OneNote

CAD Software 

      Siemens PLM NX is available as a download from IT Services.

Free for registered Loughborough students.

This is world class software which is unrestricted for student use.  It is accompanied by a full set of online training material.

Materials Selection

CES Edupack is available as a download from IT Services.

Free for registered Loughborough students.

This is an excellent database which has information on all material properties and uses.