For over 40 years materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University and we have a longstanding international reputation for our materials teaching and research.

Why study materials at Loughborough?

We have developed a leading reputation over the last 40 years.

We have contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge. With 21 academics and a large support team, we have a vibrant department comprised of 85 MSc students, 70 PhD students and 20 Research Associates.

2nd in the UK for Materials (Guardian University Guide 2021)
5th in the UK for Materials Technology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
5th in the UK for Materials Technology (Complete University Guide 2021)

… meaning you’ll be part of one of the top-ranked materials departments in the world.

Our programmes have a long track record of delivering high-quality, research-led education. We have been responding to the changing needs of industry and producing skilled graduates for over 40 years.

This is reflected in both of our postgraduate taught degree programmes

…both of which are accredited

Our accredited programmes cover the most important materials used in the engineering applications of today and consider the development of materials to meet the needs of tomorrow. Accreditation by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) facilitates progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

You'll develop essential skills sought by employers

Our philosophy is based on an understanding of the relationships between materials’ composition, processing, microstructure and properties, and upon completing our programmes you will be able to apply your knowledge to all products and engineering applications. We provide you with knowledge of materials selection, in terms of design considerations, as well as the implications certain materials may have on business and the environment.

Skills in materials are in demand across many industry sectors and job functions, and therefore offer some of the widest range of job choices for graduates. Industry relevance is always a priority and much of our research work and master’s degree projects are industry sponsored, with scientists and engineers from industry contributing to our modules.

There’s also the opportunity to undertake a research degree

Oliver Scaife


PhD Student

The University has a friendly atmosphere and a great campus. The Materials department is also ranked very highly for its academic and research prowess. The culmination of these points made it the logical place to continue my studies.

Research is important to us

Our research activity focuses on today’s global challenges, including sustainability, nanomaterials, composites and processing. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our research and frequently interact with other departments and schools.

Take a look at our research opportunities here.

Benefit from excellent teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes and our wide-range of research opportunities are designed to help you develop your critical awareness, nurture innovative ideas and truly understand the role of materials in the world around you.

Taught programmes are delivered by academics who are often leaders in their fields of expertise, so you can be assured that module content reflects our world today and is at the cutting-edge of current research practices.

You’ll have access to great facilities across campus

Our range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout your studies and fully-equip you for your future endeavours.

We have excellent facilities which include a newly refurbished and extended materials processing and pilot area, and the Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC) which, with its state of-the-art equipment, is one of the best suites of its kind in Europe.

The centre supports our research and teaching activities developing understanding of the interactions of structure and properties with processing and product performance.

You will also benefit from our superb facilities on campus, which include stunning gardens and open spaces, alongside a variety of shops. With comprehensive support systems for our postgraduate community, it is easy to see why Loughborough has consistently been ranked as a top university for student experience.

Please note that access to certain facilities may be limited in line with COVID-19 safety measures.