Materials Science and Technology MSc, PGCert, PGDip

Entry requirements
2:2 +
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
Up to 5 years
Start date
September 2019
UK / EU fee
£10,650
International fee
£22,500
Location
Loughborough
Department
Materials

Overview

Our Materials Science and Technology MSc is designed to meet the requirements of industry, where qualified materials scientists and engineers are highly sought after.

This challenging interdisciplinary programme spans the major classes of engineering materials used in modern high technology manufacturing and industry.
 
The Materials Science and Technology MSc encompasses all aspects of materials; their selection, manufacture, testing, assembly and environmental impact both during production and at the end of life.
 
Our Materials Science and Technology programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), allowing you to progress towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.
 
The specialist knowledge on this Materials Science and Technology programme can then be applied to a wide range of industrial contexts including aerospace, automotive, power generation and distribution, IT and manufacturing amongst many others.
 
The combination of high quality lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes with the learning of, for example, research methodologies and planning, plus presentation skills, provides those who successfully complete the MST course with the core knowledge that is in great demand both within academia and industry. This learning makes our MST students highly-employable.
 
On successful completion of the programme you should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
  • the principles underlying the relationship between the synthesis of materials and their subsequent properties, with a greater or lesser knowledge of the individual materials classes or specific properties, depending on the specific modules taken
  • the principles underlying the relationship between the properties of materials and their composition and microstructure, with a greater or lesser knowledge of the individual materials classes or specific properties depending on the specific modules taken.
  • the underpinning concepts and practical use of a range of characterisation techniques, with a greater or lesser knowledge of any specific technique depending on the specific modules taken.

What makes this programme different?

  • Designed to meet the requirements of industry 
  • Taught by international experts
  • Fully accredited by IOM3

Who should study this programme?

Our Materials Science and Technology MSc programmes is suitable for those of you who are looking to further your understanding of the range of industrial materials, ceramic, metal, polymeric, rubber and their composites, and their composition and microstructural constitution.

Why you should choose us

What you'll study

Our Materials Science and Technology MSc comprises a combination of semester-long and one week modules for full-time students, whilst part-time students study a mix of one week and distance-learning modules. MSc students undertake a major project many of which are sponsored by our industrial partners. Part-time student projects are often specified in conjunction with their sponsoring company and undertaken at their place of work.

Modules

All modules are 15 credits. The MSc project is 60 credits.
 
MSc: 180 credits – six core and two optional modules, plus the MSc project.
 
PG Diploma: 120 credits – six core and two optional modules.
 
PG Certificate: 60 credits – four core modules.

Key:

SL: Semester-long

OW: One week

DL: Distance-learning

Please note: alternative modules are only available under certain circumstances by agreement with the Programme Director. Also, not all modules are available across all awards

Full-time modules

Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)

In materials science, a large number of macroscopic mechanical and physical properties depend on the atomic structure and microstructure of the materials. Even subtle changes in atomic or microstructure may lead to a significant change in materials’ properties. In order to study and correlate the microstructure to the properties, advanced characterisation techniques are required. The aims of this module are to acquaint students with the principles and practicalities of the various forms of microscopy and surface analysis techniques used in materials science, through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical classes.

Surface Engineering (SL)

Surfaces are key in determining some of the most important characteristics of materials. For exampleproperties such as corrosion resistance, wear resistance and surface hardness are all controlled bythe structure and chemistry of surface layers. This module will examine several of the most widelyapplied surface treatments used in industry today. Typical processes covered include:

  • Electroplating
  • Anodising
  • Electroless deposition
  • Thermal spraying,
  • Conversion coating
  • Polymer coating

Each process will be viewed both theoretically and practically, with clear emphasis on how it can improve key material properties.

Ceramics: Processing and Properties (SL)

The aims of this module are to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the underlying principles determining the properties, processing and microstructure of structural and functional engineering ceramics and their composites. This module will also provide students with an awareness of the advantages and limitations of these materials and consequently the circumstances under which they might be used.

Design with Engineering Materials (SL)

There are tens of millions of chemicals or materials available to the designer. This module will enable efficient and optimal downselection of the correct materials, and processes, for specific applications. To achieve this, the module provides a detailed introduction to the main engineering materials, the ways in which they are processed and their resultant physical, chemical and other properties. This will include a consideration of materials from the atomistic and microscopic scales upwards and how these influence local to macroscopic properties. An introduction is then given to computer-aided design and CES software. With this learning and by combining this knowledge the student will be able to design and make an optimal downselection of the materials for structures and manufactured items.

Sustainable Use of Materials (OW)

Sustainability continues to grow as a global concern over recent decades. Sustainable use of materials has become a vital issue in the current material intensive world economies, as demand for ever more scarce resources grows, and worldwide consumers seek more convenience in their lifestyles. This module is aimed to provide an appreciation of the resource requirements of materials and manufacturing industries, water and energy supply. The module also emphasizes sustainability and environmental protection through waste management, life cycle assessment of materials, control of environmental pollution and effective materials recycling.

Metals: Processing and Properties (SL)

The aims of this module are to acquaint students with key aspects of industrial processing of metals and the effect of processing on the micro structure and properties. On successful completion of this module, students should have knowledge and understanding of the industrial processing of metals in the solid and liquid state, and the properties of metals relevant to these processes and the relationships between composition, microstructure and properties in industrially relevant metal alloys.

MSc Project

The MSc project enables students to apply what they have learnt in the taught modules to address real research questions. A wide selection of projects are available, put forward by members of staff covering their areas of research expertise, together with projects proposed by industry. The projects aim to address real-life problems, important to industry or the environment, or may be at a more fundamental scientific level, investigating novel materials and techniques. Students are supported by their academic supervisor, an experienced technical team and often by research staff and PhD students working on similar projects. A wide range of advanced characterisation, testing and processing equipment is available for use in the projects. The project module includes a literature review, a presentation, 8 to 10 weeks of experimental work and a written report.

Optional modules

Plastics Processing Technology (OW)

The module is an intensive one week course comprising a good balance of lectures and laboratory classes. It covers key principles and operating procedures of a wide range of processing methods appropriate to the manufacture of products from thermoplastics, thermosets and composites. (It also covers the flow properties of powders.) The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding to enable a student to;

  • Evaluate possible manufacturing methods for specific product types
  • Analyse a process, in terms of material thermal/flow properties and process parameters, towards selection of appropriate process conditions
  • Apply theory to practice in a manufacturing environment
  • Appreciate the value of computer simulation/modelling to process design and optimisation
  • Evaluate the influence of process parameters on product quality and microstructure.

To complement the lectures the laboratory sessions focus on a range of methods to process thermoplastics; single/twin screw extrusion, blown film, injection moulding and thermoforming. These sessions present an opportunity to;

  • Use industrial and laboratory scale processing equipment
  • Understand the value of gathering reliable process data, whether in real time or through post production evaluation of products. (The analysis of such data can be used to improve product quality.)

Industrial Case Studies (OW)

This module will provide students with a broad experience in the application of efficient fossil energy technologies in the context of particular technical industrial case studies and the associated issues of manufacturing, economic and legislative constraints. The module provides a mechanism for the integration of the knowledge gained in other modules by its practical application in the solution of 'real-life' engineering problems.

Materials Modelling (SL)

In this module you will understand the different ways in which computational materials modelling enables us to understand the properties of materials, optimising them for specific applications in research and in industry. The techniques we study consider materials at all length scales, from the sub-atomic to the macroscale.
Specific techniques covered include:

  • Data fitting using neural networks
  • Quantum-mechanical modelling (density-functional theory)
  • Atomic-scale modelling
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Finite-element analysis

Part-time modules

Ceramics: Processing and Properties (DL)

The aims of this module are to provide students with a detailed knowledge of the underlying principles determining the properties, processing and microstructure of structural and functional engineering ceramics and their composites. This module will also provide students with an awareness of the advantages and limitations of these materials and consequently the circumstances under which they might be used.

Design with Engineering Materials (DL)

There are tens of millions of chemicals or materials available to the designer. This module will enable efficient and optimal downselection of the correct materials, and processes, for specific applications. To achieve this, the module provides a detailed introduction to the main engineering materials, the ways in which they are processed and their resultant physical, chemical and other properties. This will include a consideration of materials from the atomistic and microscopic scales upwards and how these influence local to macroscopic properties. An introduction is then given to computer-aided design and CES software. With this learning and by combining this knowledge the student will be able to design and make an optimal downselection of the materials for structures and manufactured items.

Sustainable Use of Materials (OW)

Sustainability continues to grow as a global concern over recent decades. Sustainable use of materials has become a vital issue in the current material intensive world economies, as demand for ever more scarce resources grows, and worldwide consumers seek more convenience in their lifestyles. This module is aimed to provide an appreciation of the resource requirements of materials and manufacturing industries, water and energy supply. The module also emphasizes sustainability and environmental protection through waste management, life cycle assessment of materials, control of environmental pollution and effective materials recycling.

Metals: Processing and Properties (DL)

The aims of this module are to acquaint students with key aspects of industrial processing of metals and the effect of processing on the microstructure and properties.

Surface Engineering (DL)

Surfaces are key in determining some of the most important characteristics of materials. For exampleproperties such as corrosion resistance, wear resistance and surface hardness are all controlled bythe structure and chemistry of surface layers. This module will examine several of the most widelyapplied surface treatments used in industry today. Typical processes covered include:

  • Electroplating
  • Anodising
  • Electroless deposition
  • Thermal spraying,
  • Conversion coating
  • Polymer coating

Each process will be viewed both theoretically and practically, with clear emphasis on how it can improve key material properties.

Plastics Processing Technology (OW)

The module is an intensive one week course comprising a good balance of lectures and laboratory classes. It covers key principles and operating procedures of a wide range of processing methods appropriate to the manufacture of products from thermoplastics, thermosets and composites. (It also covers the flow properties of powders.) The module aims to provide knowledge and understanding to enable a student to;

  • Evaluate possible manufacturing methods for specific product types
  • Analyse a process, in terms of material thermal/flow properties and process parameters, towards selection of appropriate process conditions
  • Apply theory to practice in a manufacturing environment
  • Appreciate the value of computer simulation/modelling to process design and optimisation
  • Evaluate the influence of process parameters on product quality and microstructure.

To complement the lectures the laboratory sessions focus on a range of methods to process thermoplastics; single/twin screw extrusion, blown film, injection moulding and thermoforming. These sessions present an opportunity to;

  • Use industrial and laboratory scale processing equipment
  • Understand the value of gathering reliable process data, whether in real time or through post production evaluation of products. (The analysis of such data can be used to improve product quality.)

MSc Project

The aim of the project is to develop the skills required to perform research tasks involving the application of scientific and engineering principles in areas related to the composition, manufacture and performance of materials and related products.

Optional modules

Industrial Case Studies (OW)

The aims of this module are to provide students with a broad experience in the application of efficient fossil energy technologies in the context of particular technical industrial case studies and the associated issues of manufacturing, economic and legislative constraints. The module provides a mechanism for the integration of the knowledge gained in other modules by its practical application in the solution of 'real-life' engineering problems.

Adhesive Bonding (OW)

Adhesive bonding is a critical enabling technology which incorporates elements of; chemistry, physics, mechanics and materials science. This module will provide an overview of the main theories that are used to explain the observed adhesion phenomena between materials and will introduce the main adhesive types, from the soft but flexible sealants to the stiff, strong but brittle structural epoxides. This module will discuss applications selected from key industrial sectors, including; aerospace, military and automotive, which highlight the importance of adhesive bonding in our everyday lives. The requirements for long-lasting or durable adhesion will also be discussed and the methods used to achieve this, and to predict joint lifetimes, will be introduced. In short, this one-week module will give a comprehensive introduction to the main scientific and technological areas which underpin our understanding of adhesion and related phenomena.

Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)

The aims of this module are to provide students with a broad and deep knowledge of elastomers, chemical additives mixed with elastomers and some processing techniques for manufacturing rubber articles. On completion of this module, students should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • industrially available elastomers;
  • the use of chemical additives in elastomers;
  • the relationship between elastomer structure, properties and applications;
  • some processing techniques for manufacturing rubber articles from rubber compounds.

Alternative modules

Polymer Properties (DL)

The aims of this module are to introduce the principles underlying the properties of polymers in relation to their utilisation in industrial applications. On completion of this module students should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the mechanical behaviour of viscoelastic solids;
  • principles of fracture mechanics and measurement of fracture toughness;
  • ductile and brittle failure modes and implications for product design;
  • fracture mechanics and principles of fatigue for the prediction of failure in service;
  • dynamic mechanical spectra and the relationship to molecular structure;
  • effects of polymer structure and additives on polymer properties;
  • Dielectric Thermal Analysis and analogy to Dynamic Mechanical Spectra;
  • dielectric strengths and electrical failures, effects of fillers and relationship to molecular and microscopic structure;
  • semi-conductive and non-linear behaviour.

Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)

In materials science, a large number of macroscopic mechanical and physical properties depend on the atomic structure and microstructure of the materials. Even subtle changes in atomic or microstructure may lead to a significant change in materials’ properties. In order to study and correlate the microstructure to the properties, advanced characterisation techniques are required. The aims of this module are to acquaint students with the principles and practicalities of the various forms of microscopy and surface analysis techniques used in materials science, through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical classes.

Materials Modelling (SL)

In this module you will understand the different ways in which computational materials modelling enables us to understand the properties of materials, optimising them for specific applications in research and in industry. The techniques we study consider materials at all length scales, from the sub-atomic to the macroscale.
Specific techniques covered include:

  • Data fitting using neural networks
  • Quantum-mechanical modelling (density-functional theory)
  • Atomic-scale modelling
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Finite-element analysis

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of written examination(s), set coursework exercises and laboratory reports. The project is assessed by a dissertation, literature review and oral presentation.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The Department of Materials is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Typical careers span many industrial sectors including aerospace, power generation, automotive, construction and transport. Possible roles include technical and project management, research and development, technical support to manufacturing as well as sales and marketing.
 
Many of our master’s degree students continue their studies with us, joining our thriving community of PhD students engaged in materials projects of real-world significance.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduate destinations include:
  • Beijing Huafu Engineering – China, Commercial Manager
  • Commercial Aircraft China, Project Administrator
  • Common Technology Research Institute, Materials Engineer
  • Exp Global, Project Engineer

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:
  • organise and manage time and resources effectively
  • apply a critical approach to problem solving in areas related to your field of studies
  • exercise independent learning skills for the gathering of information and acquire new knowledge for work/subject related activities, as well as for professional development
  • work effectively both independently and in a group.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a science or engineering subject.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) 17 15 12.5
Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat 20 20 20

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Australia - honours degree (AQF level 8) First class Upper second, H2A Lower second, 2B
Australia - ordinary degree (AQF level 7) High Distinction 85% Distinction 80% Distinction 75%

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bangladesh – BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree 1st (70%) 2nd (60%) 2nd (55%)
Other universities 1st (80%) 1st (70%) 2nd - (60%)

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Barbados - letter grading A B (or 75%) C (or 55%)
Barbados - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 8 6.5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.0
Licenciatura or Título Profissional A B C

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Canada - GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.5/85% 3.0/75% 2.8/68%
Canada - out of 9 8 7 5
Canada - out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6.0 5.0 4.5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.5 3.0

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 or Notable 7.0 or 70 or Sufficiente

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1.2 2.2 2.7

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6
Título de [subject area] 85% 75% 60%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.7 3.2 2.7
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Greece 8.5 7.0 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala - 80% 60%
Private university - 85% 70%

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's - Pass with distinction or GPA 4.0 -

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Hong Kong GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 18 16 14

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 85% 80% 75%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 75%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Jordan - GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kazakhstan - GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
Kazakhstan - GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
Kazakhstan - GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kuwait GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lebanon - American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
Lebanon - French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liberia - master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (4.0) 80 (3.0) 75 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 80% (3.0)
Master's degree Master's Master's Master's

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
MSc Degree 75% 70% 65%
BSc Degree - 80% 80%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malaysia - classification First Class 2.1 2.2
Malaysia - GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nepal - master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 70% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
New Zealand First (A/A+) Upper second (B+/A-) Lower second (B-/B)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nicaragua - 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nigeria 7 point Scale 6 5 4
Nigeria 5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
Nigeria 4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A (1.5) B (2.5) C (3.2)

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Oman GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Pakistan Public Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Pakistan Private Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
Pakistan master's (2 or 3 year bachelor's plus master's) First Second (55%) Second

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Palestine A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Panama 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Peru 16 14 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Philippines - degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Poland 5 (Very good) 4 (Good) 3.5

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Qatar GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Romania 8.5 7.5 6.5

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Rwanda - 2:1 or 16/20 or 70% 2:2 or 14/20 or 60%

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Saudi Arabia GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
Saudi Arabia GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Senegal - 14/20 or bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Serbia 9 8.25 7.5

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sierra Leone - classification - 2:1 2:2
Sierra Leone - percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Sierra Leone - letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Singapore - classification First Upper second Lower second
Singapore - GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
Singapore - GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Africa - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
South Africa - percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Korea 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.5 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Spain 9.0 7.5 6.5
Spain - UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Syria - state universities 85% 75% 65%
Syria - private universities 95% 85% 75%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Taiwan - prestigious national universities 80% 75% 73%
Taiwan - excellent universities 83% 78% 75%
Taiwan - good universities 88% 83% 80%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Thailand GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Trinidad and Tobago - University of the West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st 2:1 2:2

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tunisia 15 (tres bien) 13 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkey 3.5 2.8 2.2

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda First Upper second Lower second

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ukraine 5 4.5 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United Arab Emirates GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United States of America GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uruguay 10/12 8/12 or MB or 90% 6.5/12 or B or 80%

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uzbekistan 90% / 85% 80% / 75% 75% / 65%

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Venezuela - out of 20 - 16 14
Venezuela - out of 9 - 7 6.5

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Zambia - master's - B+ or 3.5 or 70% -

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Zimbabwe - 65% 60%

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.
 
IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£10,650

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£22,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students, or those taking a postgraduate certificate or a postgraduate diploma, should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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