Taught course

Ergonomics and Human Factors

Loughborough University · Department of Human Sciences

Entry requirements

For the MSc, an offer will be made to applicants who hold a first or second class upper UK Honours degree in a relevant discipline or closely related subject. For applicants who are yet to receive their first degree results, a conditional offer will be made pending results. If you are unfortunate to miss your conditional offer you can contact us to discuss your situation. For our Diploma and Certificate Programmes we assess applicants on a case-by-case basis. Our students come from a number of disciplines including: industrial design, health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and branches of engineering. Decisions are made on the basis of the application forms and documents provided. Additional materials may be requested, for example further documentary evidence or a piece of written work.

Months of entry


Course content

We are pleased to offer this postgraduate taught programme along with four others in the field of ergonomics and human factors. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that you benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area, ensuring that you are trained to the highest professional standard. This streamed approach also provides a greater degree of knowledge and information sharing across the different aspects of ergonomics and human factors.

The field of ergonomics and human factors is about ensuring a good fit between people, the things they do and the objects they use and the environments they work, travel and play in. The programme takes a scientific look at these interactions and applies theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human well-being and overall system performance. Joining us on this well-respected programme will provide you primarily with a broad ergonomics education, with further opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest to you.

We offer five postgraduate taught programmes in the field of ergonomics and human factors. These programmes are awarded separate qualifications but share many core modules.

This course is aimed at students who want a broad human factors education. Current and past students have come from a large range of backgrounds, both in the UK and internationally. Degrees and experience held by our past students include the fields of: industrial design, health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and branches of engineering.

Loughborough has been an international centre for Ergonomics and Human Factors for over 50 years. We have a world-leading reputation for research and teaching and are proud to have trained ergonomists now working all over the world. Our Ergonomics and Human Factors programmes can be studied in a number of ways making them very flexible and appropriate for a large number of people from different backgrounds – for example, from those based in employment to those wishing to study full-time.

Information for international students

English Language requirements: overall 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in the individual Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests or TOEFL (ibt) 92 overall Listening 21, Reading 21, Writing 22 and Speaking 22. http://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/englang/index.htm

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 - 36 months
full time
12 months


full time
8 months
part time
20 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222 496