Materials

Our highly rated courses offer a great mix of science, engineering, design and hands-on practical work, with strong demand for our graduates from employers.

Why choose Materials at Loughborough?

Materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough for nearly 50 years. Over this time we have developed a significant reputation for innovation and quality with leading industrial partners, who regard our students, their degrees and our research highly.

We have a mix of materials engineering courses and materials science courses to choose from

...and they're accredited

We finance membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for all our students and strongly believe in the benefits professional institutes and industry bodies can bring. Our established degree courses are accredited to facilitate future progression towards professional qualifications such as Chartered Engineer (CEng).

You'll have the opportunity to go on a placement year

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, sending 30% more students on placement than any other university (HESA 2015/16, for Engineering and Technology).

All of our courses offer the option to complete a salaried year in industry, where you can gain an extra qualification (Diploma of Industrial Studies – DIS). Close links with industrial partners mean we are able to provide our students with considerable help in sourcing, securing, supporting and assessing their placement.

I have completed placements at Jaguar Land Rover and Burau Veritas. I highly recommend a placement – they provide great experience in a real company, as well as the potential to secure a graduate job.

Andrew BEng Materials Engineering

We have fantastic links with industry, which is good news for you!

Industrial contacts in the department are substantial with an annual research income of over £3 million. Industry sponsored student projects, many related to our bigger research programmes, add real relevance for our students and many of the same companies offer year long and summer placement jobs.

These contacts not only provide potential employment for our students, but also provide invaluable experience from within the industry which is reflected in our teaching.

Our graduates are in high demand

Materials graduates are currently in high demand from employers, since the subject covers the entire breadth of engineering and manufacturing activity across many industrial sectors.

- 98% of graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017 graduates)
The average starting salary across Materials graduates is £26,500 (DLHE, 2017) 


Our graduates can be found in roles spanning technical, production, project and research management through to quality, technical support, marketing and business/finance oriented careers.

You'll have access to our fantastic facilities

The Department is superbly well-equipped, with extensive laboratories containing state-of-the-art equipment in materials processing, testing, analysis, simulations and characterisation, electron microscopy, x-ray, thermal and surface analysis.

Our newly opened ground floor laboratories contain an extensive array of industrial and pilot scale materials processing machines and equipment for preparation, formulation and testing. Our computer labs offer IT, CAD, modelling, materials selection and process simulation applications.

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. STEMLab includes a suite of laboratories specially designed for practical work in Materials.