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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MEng (Hons) Materials 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

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Final award MEng/ MEng+DIS/ MEng+DIntS / MEng+DPS
Programme title Materials Science and Engineering
Programme code MPUM01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is either 8 semesters, or 10 semesters if students undertake industrial training leading to the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, Diploma in Professional Studies, or study at a University abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies. These occur between Parts B and C, or Parts C and D
UCAS code J502, J503
Admissions criteria

MEng - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/j502

MEng+DIS/ MEng+DIntS/ MEng+DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/j503

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 12 Aug 2020 19:21:47 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an honours degree programme in the field of Materials Science and Materials Engineering which satisfies the needs of industry for potential future leaders of outstanding ability with very strong academic, problem solving, business, interactive and interpersonal skills.
  • To provide a broad range and in-depth education based on detailed knowledge in topics relevant to Materials Science and Engineering.
  • To develop the students’ responsibility and competence in Materials Science and Engineering related testing, analysis and design and offer opportunities for industrial training.
  • Provide open-ended, multi-disciplinary, individual project work and group work with increasing emphasis on commercial and industrial constraints and the ability to make progress independently.
  • To encourage students to manage their own learning, communicate effectively using a range of methods and make effective use of primary source materials including technical literature and industrial standards.
  • To develop the students’ commitment to life-long learning and enthusiasm for Materials Science and Engineering through the provision of an exciting, current and challenging programme informed by the department’s research activities and industrial input.
  • To demonstrate the importance of professional engineering and highlight and encourage the route to professional registration.

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

  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • QAA Benchmark Statements for Materials

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Relevant mathematical and statistical methods and principles of materials science as applicable to materials science and engineering;
  • Specialist science and engineering topics connected with the characterisation, testing, properties, processing, and applications of materials;
  • The role of information technology and library resources in providing support for materials engineers and scientists;
  • Science and engineering principles relevant to materials selection;
  • The materials and engineering aspects of design;
  • The professional and engineering responsibilities of materials scientists and engineers;
  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at the forefront of materials science and engineering practice.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

  • Apply appropriate material and process selection procedures for the design of a component;
  • Utilise materials science and engineering principles to develop new materials/processing routes for improved performance of engineering systems;
  • Devise and test innovative solutions to materials-related problems, and where appropriate, propose new hypotheses;
  • Select and apply appropriate IT tools to a variety of materials problems;
  • Select materials from an environmentally appreciative viewpoint;
  • Analyse materials aspects of bulk, raw materials as well as finished components;
  • Evaluate numerical data and apply sophisticated mathematical methods to the analysis of materials science and engineering problems.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

  • Use appropriate testing and analysis methods for the study of materials;
  • Manipulate systems for the processing of a range of material types;
  • Use appropriate computer software for design and modelling exercises to predict materials properties and behaviour;
  • Evaluate and present experimental or modelling data in a format that shows originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques are used to create and interpret materials knowledge;
  • Interpret and critique experimental results in terms of theoretical mechanisms and concepts;
  • Create clear and well-structured technical reports in an appropriate format using technical language specific to materials science and engineering;
  • Critically evaluate current materials science and engineering research;
  • Demonstrate project management skills either individually or as part of a group.
c. Key transferable skills:

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

  • Apply constructive, creative, and structured approaches to complex problem solving;
  • Exercise the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development;
  • Make informed and responsible decisions in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • Work effectively, both as part of a team and/or independently;
  • Organise and manage time and resources effectively for short-term and longer-term commitments;
  • Possess skills needed to communicate effectively through a variety of media;
  • Demonstrate a high level of numeracy, appropriate to the cognitive skills required.

4. Programme structure

Part A - All modules are compulsory.

Module code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPA220

1 and 2

Introductory Materials Science and Processing

20

MPA202

1 and 2

Experimentation and Practical Skills

20

MPA222

1 and 2

Computer Aided Engineering

20

MPA221

1 and 2

Thermodynamics and its Applications

20

MPA223

1 and 2

Materials Application and Engineering Design

20

MAA301 

1 and 2

Mathematics for Materials 1 and 2

20

 

Part B - 110 credits of compulsory modules, 10 credits of optional modules

Module code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

Compulsory/optional

MAB101

1

Mathematics for Materials 3

10

C

MPB208

2

Fracture Mechanics of Materials

10

C

MPB311

1 and 2

Materials Modelling

20

C

MPB210

1

Group Design Project

10

C

MPB209

2

Materials Characterisation

10

C

CGB018

2

Plant Engineering

10

C

MPB312

1 and 2

Materials Processing

30

C

MPB313

1

Materials in Service

10

C

LAN---

1 or 2

Language module of appropriate level

10

O

MPB231

2

Biomaterials 1 (Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering)

10

O

TTB107

2

Vehicle Loading and Suspensions

10

O

  

Part I – Diploma in Industrial Studies, Diploma in International Studies and Diploma in Professional Studies modules

Code

Semester

Title

Modular Weight

MPI001

1 and 2

Industrial Training Placement (DIS, non-credit bearing)

120

MPI002

1 and 2

Overseas University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing

120

MPI003

1 and 2

Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS, non-credit bearing)

120

  

Ten Semester Programme

In accordance with Regulation XI, students can undertake a placement, leading to the additional award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies or Diploma in Professional Studies, or if taken at a University overseas the Diploma in International Studies. 

Participation in a placement, or study abroad, is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance in Parts A and B (and depending upon the route of study Part C).

 

Part C - 100 credits of compulsory modules, 20 credits of optional modules

Part C as detailed below also applies to all continuing MEng Materials Engineering students from 2020 onwards
 

Module code

Semester

Title

Credits

Compulsory/optional

MPC312

1

Nano Materials

10

C

MPC311

1

Advanced Processing Methods

10

C

MPD110

1 and 2

Project

40

C

MPC114

2

Composite Materials

10

C

MPC321

2

Functional Materials

10

C

MPC111

1

Advanced Principles of Materials

10

C

MPC108

1

Surface Engineering

10

C

BSC522

1

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

10

O

LAN---

1 or 2

Language module of appropriate level

10

O

MPC120

1 and 2

Vehicle and Component Design

20

O

MPC123

1

Automotive Crash Protection

10

O

MPC131

1 and 2

Biomedical Component Design

20

O

MPC101

1

Sustainability, Recycling and Environmental Issues

10

O

MPC231

2

Biomaterials 2 (Biomaterials for Drug Delivery)

10

O

 

Part D - 90 credits of compulsory modules, 30 credits of optional modules

Part D as detailed below also applies to all continuing MEng Materials Engineering students from 2020 onwards

 

Module code

Semester

Title

Credits

Compulsory/optional

MPP567

1

Advanced Materials Characterisation

15

C

MPD321

1

Energy Materials

10

C

MPP556

2

Materials Modelling

15

C

MPD101

1 and 2

Group Design Project

50

C

MPD311

2

Crystallographic Analysis of Materials

10

O

MPD105

1

Advanced Materials Dissertation

10

O

BSD523

1

Enterprise Technology

10

O

MPD102

2

Industrial Case Studies

10

O

MPD322

2

Elasticity

10

O

LAN---

 1 or 2 Language module of appropriate level 10 O

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to Part C and from Part C to Part D and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also must gain credit (≥40%) in the module MAA301 Mathematics for Materials 1 and 2 together with an overall average of 55% for Parts B, C and D.

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

Candidate’s final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level module assessments in Parts B, C, and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average percentages for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 20 : Part C 40 : Part D 40 to determine the overall average percentage mark.

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