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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Polymer Science and Engineering

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Materials
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc (PGDip and PGCert available as exit awards only)
Programme title Polymer Science and Engineering
Programme code MPPT02-03
Length of programme MSc study is available on a full-time and part-time basis. Full time: One year. Part time: Maximum 5 years.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Full and Part-Time MSc - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/masters-degrees/a-z/polymer-science-engineering/

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 11 Jan 2021 10:04:45 GMT

1. Programme Aims

• To advance the knowledge of the MSc students in polymer material selection, manufacture, testing, use and applications, as well as environmental impact both during production and at the end of life;

• To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key polymer science and engineering principles with a focus on the underlying properties and processes of polymers related to their utilisation in industrial and commercial applications;

• To equip graduates with the appropriate professional competence for careers within a wide range of industrial sectors including aerospace, automotive, power generation and distribution, IT, manufacturing and consumer goods amongst many others.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications  

QAA Subject Benchmark Statement Materials 2017


3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and understanding of…

K1 mathematics, science and engineering principles for the solution of complex polymer science and engineering problems

K2 the health and safety, societal and environmental issues related to polymer science and engineering

K3 a wide range of methodologies used in the analysis of complex polymer engineering problems

K4 the key research procedures involved in the solution of complex polymer science and engineering problems

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

C1 interpret and analyse complex polymer engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions

C2 design experiments to investigate aspects of polymer science and engineering

C3 critically evaluate a polymer science and engineering solution against the specifications

C4 critically appraise research evidence related to concepts in polymer science and engineering

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…


P1 apply the appropriate analysis techniques to analyse complex polymer science and engineering problems

P2 plan, design and execute a research project and communicate the results

P3 evaluate the structures and properties of polymers using advanced characterisation techniques

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to…

T1 Plan and optimise the use of resources and time for project planning and self-learning

T2 communicate effectively, in verbal, written and visual forms

T3 work effectively as part of a team

T4 solve complex technical problems using qualitative and quantitative methods informed by the literature and other appropriate sources

T5 critically appraise their own work with respect to given objectives

T6 undertake safe and effective laboratory practice

4. Programme structure

Full time students are required to take three compulsory modules and one optional module in each semester (semester 1 & 2).

Semester 1

Compulsory modules (45 credits) 





Advanced Materials Characterisation



Research Methods



Polymer Science



Optional modules (Students should select modules totalling 15 credits) 





Nanomaterials and Composites



Clean Energy, Materials and Sustainability



Advanced Joining Methods



Semester 2

Compulsory modules (45 credits) 





Group Design Project



Advanced Processing of Polymers



Colloid Science and Engineering



Optional modules (Students should select modules totalling 15 credits) 





Materials Modelling



Advances in Biomaterials



Semester 3

Compulsory modules (60 credits) 





MSc Project


5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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