Polymer 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 Polymer Science and Technology MSc / Diploma / Certificate is designed to give you a broad understanding of polymer science and technology with a focus on the underlying properties of polymers in relation to their utilisation in industrial applications.

Polymer science and technology is a fast moving field that has a major impact on the way we live. It allows us to develop ever more sophisticated materials to suit the needs of society and the planet.

Taught by a team of international experts, the Polymer Science and Technology programme covers the latest science and technology of plastics, rubbers and composites including aspects of nanotechnology and biomaterials. Lectures are supplemented by an extensive variety of laboratory exercises, spanning chemical and physical characterisation, and compounding and processing technology experiments on pilot-scale laboratory equipment.

Our Polymer Science and Technology (PST) programme has gained an international reputation as one of the most comprehensive and in-depth programmes specializing in this subject area. The lecture content will be taught by leading researches and industrial experts, whilst state-of-the-art processing and analytical equipment, including those within our new polymer processing laboratory (recently refurbished in a £4M development) and the world-leading Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre, will be available for laboratory classes and major projects.

Our Polymer Science and Technology programme has been designed to meet the requirements of industry and allow progression towards professional chartered status. It is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining. (IOM3).

What makes this programme different?

  • One of the most comprehensive courses of its kind
  • Taught by international experts
  • Fully accredited by IOM3

Why you should choose us

What you'll study

The 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.

The MSc degree comprises of 180 credits; six core modules and two optional modules, plus the MSc project.

The PG Diploma comprises of 120 credits; six core and two optional modules.

The PG Certificate comprises of 60 credits which is achieved by completing four core modules.

Key

SL = Semester-long

OW = One week

DL = Distance-learning

Please note: not all modules are available on all awards.

Full-time modules

Polymer Science (DL)

This module addresses the fundamentals of polymer science and so lays the foundations for other modules. It focusses on critical polymer characteristics that control processing behaviour, mechanical, thermal and physical properties. The topics include:

  • The way in which functional groups, chain branching and molecular weight affect transition temperatures and crystallisation behaviour
  • Solubility theory and its critical importance to the fluid resistance of many polymer products and to the related phenomenon of plasticization
  • Measurement of the molecular weight of plastics and crosslink density of rubbers
  • How molecular orientation can be introduced into plastics to improve properties and the ways in which it is measured.

Polymer Process Engineering (SL)

This module provides an excellent opportunity for students to acquire knowledge and practical skills in polymer processing which are highly valued by employers involved with modern design and manufacturing techniques.

Fundamental knowledge of polymer melt flow behaviour is included, and then the module develops to include in-depth provision of theoretical and practical aspects of major polymer processing methods, which concludes with aspects of ‘research-led’ teaching in subjects such as laser sintering and nanocomposites.

Computer aided design (CAD) is taught to provide students with state-of-art product design skills and in addition, injection moulding process simulation (Autodesk Moldflow) is included, to apply CAD skills to plastics component and process design.

However, the outstanding element of the module is the Group Project activity in the superbly-equipped Polymer Process Laboratories. These projects span across two Semesters, giving ample scope to investigate polymer materials (plastics, rubbers, composites) on industrial-scale manufacturing equipment (injection moulding; extrusion etc.) whilst enhancing team-working skills.

Plastics and Composites Applications (SL)

This module provides a broad and deep understanding of polymers, polymeric compounds and composites that are used in industry, enabling students to select appropriate polymeric materials for given applications based on a knowledge of properties and costs. Topics covered include:

  • Thermoplastics: commodities, engineering polymers, transparent polymers, high temperature and speciality polymers, bio-derived and bio-degradable polymers
  • Thermosets: epoxy resins, phenolics, amino resins
  • Polyurethane and other iso-cyanate-based plastics: foams, adhesives, coatings, medical devices
  • Composite materials and structures: surface chemistry of fibres and fillers; predicting mechanical properties of composites

Polymer Properties (SL)

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.

Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (DL)

This is a key course in polymer science and technology which includes two parts: polymerisation and polymer blends. It provides both a chemical and a physical basis for the understanding of polymerisation, and thermodynamics and applications of polymer blends.

Topics studied include: kinetics and mechanisms of free radical, ionic and condensation polymerisation; phase diagrams for mixtures of oligomers, small molecule/polymer and polymer/polymer combinations; thermodynamic transitions in polymer blends; nanocomposites and rubber toughening polymers.

Students learn how to apply basic principles of polymer-polymer miscibility and phase separation to predict properties and design new products, analyse and evaluate data from the literature, apply knowledge of polymerisation to polymer properties and consider which polymerisations are possible, and which impossible, and design new polymeric materials.

Polymer Characterisation (OW)

This module provides a detailed introduction to the basic theory and use of thermal analysis, spectroscopy, scattering and microscopy techniques used to characterise polymers at both the molecular level and in the bulk state. Techniques studied include: differential scanning calorimetry, modulated-temperature differential scanning calorimetry, dynamical thermal analysis, thermo-gravimetric analysis, ultraviolet spectroscopy, infra-red and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, wide-angle x-ray diffraction and small angle-x-ray scattering and optical microscopy. After studying this module, students are able to select an appropriate characterisation technique for analytical problems, identify appropriate experimental methods and conditions, and apply theoretical knowledge to analyse experimental results in research projects and other investigations.

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

Advances in Biomaterials (SL)

This module covers the principles of materials science underlying the development of innovative materials to be used in medicine, pharmaceuticals and the food industry. Recent scientific advances in the following classes of biomaterials are discussed:

  • Macromolecules derived from natural resources, such as polysaccharides and proteins
  • Nanocomposites inspired by the remarkable properties of biological systems, such as bone, nacre and seashells
  • Synthetic polymers characterised by biocompatibility and biodegradability.

Case studies are used to highlight the current opportunities and challenges of using biomaterials to produce artificial organs, implants for hard and soft tissue replacement, and drug delivery systems.

Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW)

This module provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between structure, properties and application of some commercially important rubbers with some elements of rubber processing and chemistry of sulphur vulcanisation included in the course.

Adhesive Bonding (OW)

This module will provide the student with a knowledge of the fundamental principles of adhesion and to be able to understand how methods of joining materials together with adhesives can be made to maximise bond strength and bond longevity. Elements of modelling and testing of bonded structures will be introduced along with a summary of techniques available for failure analysis. Case studies will be presented indicating the range of industrial applications of adhesively-bonded structures.

Part-time modules

Polymer Science (DL)

This module addresses the fundamentals of polymer science and so lays the foundations for other modules. It focusses on critical polymer characteristics that control processing behaviour, mechanical, thermal and physical properties. The topics include:

  • The way in which functional groups, chain branching and molecular weight affect transition temperatures and crystallisation behaviour
  • Solubility theory and its critical importance to the fluid resistance of many polymer products and to the related phenomenon of plasticization
  • Measurement of the molecular weight of plastics and crosslink density of rubbers
  • How molecular orientation can be introduced into plastics to improve properties and the ways in which it is measured.

Polymer Properties (SL)

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.

Plastics and Composites Applications (DL)

This module provides a broad and deep understanding of polymers, polymeric compounds and composites that are used in industry, enabling students to select appropriate polymeric materials for given applications based on a knowledge of properties and costs. Topics covered include:

  • Thermoplastics: commodities, engineering polymers, transparent polymers, high temperature and speciality polymers, bio-derived and bio-degradable polymers
  • Thermosets: epoxy resins, phenolics, amino resins
  • Polyurethane and other iso-cyanate-based plastics: foams, adhesives, coatings, medical devices
  • Composite materials and structures: surface chemistry of fibres and fillers; predicting mechanical properties of composites

Polymer Characterisation (OW)

This module provides a detailed introduction to the basic theory and use of thermal analysis, spectroscopy, scattering and microscopy techniques used to characterise polymers at both the molecular level and in the bulk state. Techniques studied include:  differential scanning calorimetry, modulated-temperature differential scanning calorimetry, dynamical thermal analysis, thermo-gravimetric analysis, ultraviolet spectroscopy, infra-red and Raman spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, wide-angle x-ray diffraction and small angle-x-ray scattering and optical microscopy. After studying this module, students are able to select an appropriate characterisation technique for analytical problems, identify appropriate experimental methods and conditions, and apply theoretical knowledge to analyse experimental results in research projects and other investigations.

Polymer Process Technology (OW)

The aims of this module are to provide a broad knowledge of the principles and operating procedures of polymer conversion and powder mixing processes; provide in-depth knowledge and skills in some specific aspects of polymer processing methods, both theoretically, and in practice; and develop practical skills related to a selection of manufacturing processes for polymer products.

Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (SL)

This is a key course in polymer science and technology which includes two parts: polymerisation and polymer blends. It provides both a chemical and a physical basis for the understanding of polymerisation, and thermodynamics and applications of polymer blends.

Topics studied include: kinetics and mechanisms of free radical, ionic and condensation polymerisation; phase diagrams for mixtures of oligomers, small molecule/polymer and polymer/polymer combinations; thermodynamic transitions in polymer blends; nanocomposites and rubber toughening polymers.

Students learn how to apply basic principles of polymer-polymer miscibility and phase separation to predict properties and design new products, analyse and evaluate data from the literature, apply knowledge of polymerisation to polymer properties and consider which polymerisations are possible, and which impossible, and design new polymeric materials.

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

Advances in Biomaterials (DL)

This module covers the principles of materials science underlying the development of innovative materials to be used in medicine, pharmaceuticals and the food industry. Recent scientific advances in the following classes of biomaterials are discussed:

  • Macromolecules derived from natural resources, such as polysaccharides and proteins;
  • Nanocomposites inspired by the remarkable properties of biological systems, such as bone, nacre and seashells;
  • Synthetic polymers characterised by biocompatibility and biodegradability.

Case studies are used to highlight the current opportunities and challenges of using biomaterials to produce artificial organs, implants for hard and soft tissue replacement, and drug delivery systems.

Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)

This module provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between structure, properties and application of some commercially important rubbers with some elements of rubber processing and chemistry of sulphur vulcanisation included in the course.

Adhesive Bonding (OW)

This module will provide the student with a knowledge of the fundamental principles of adhesion and to be able to understand how methods of joining materials together with adhesives can be made to maximise bond strength and bond longevity. Elements of modelling and testing of bonded structures will be introduced along with a summary of techniques available for failure analysis. Case studies will be presented indicating the range of industrial applications of adhesively-bonded structures.

How you'll be assessed

The full–time PST course will run throughout the 2018/19 Academic Year with a combination of compulsory and optional modules available to all students and all will carry out a major project. Each student will take eight modules, each worth 15 credits, with the major project carrying 60 credits. The modules will be lecture and tutorial based and with most modules incorporating laboratory classes. A part-time option is available which typically takes 2-5 years to complete and for which a number of bespoke Distance Learning versions of the Full-time modules are available.

How you'll study

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

Your personal and professional development

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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Antonio Caporali

MSc Polymer Science and Technology student

Our lecturers are very competent in their field and they are also very nice and friendly, always ready to help you in case of necessity.