Our highly rated materials 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 over 50 years and we are one of just a few dedicated Materials departments in the UK. Over this time we have developed a significant reputation for innovation and quality with leading industrial partners, who have high regard for our students and graduates, their degrees and our research.

All of our material courses are accredited

Our established degree courses are accredited to facilitate future progression towards professional qualifications such as Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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.

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

All of our courses offer the option to complete a salaried year in industry, where you can gain an extra qualification (Diploma in 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.

We are the UK’s number one university for engineering placements, sending 15% more students on placement than any other university (HESA 2016/17, for Engineering and Technology).

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 industry connections

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 bring invaluable experience from within industry which is reflected in our teaching.

There is a high demand for graduates from this department at Loughborough

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

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 refurbished building houses an extensive array of industrial and pilot scale materials processing machines and equipment for preparation, formulation and testing. Our computer laboratories offer IT, CAD, modelling, materials selection and process simulation applications.

Also our STEMLab building is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory and workshop facilities, which includes a suite of laboratories specially designed for practical work in materials science and engineering.

Look inside STEMLab

Let one of our current students take you on a personal tour around our new £17m investment - STEMLab.