Taught course

Materials Science and Technology

Loughborough University · Department of Materials

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a science or engineering subject. Applicants with a good lower second class degree will be considered. For part-time applicants, working in industry, lower level qualifications along with relevant industrial experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This challenging inter-disciplinary programme spans the major classes of engineering materials used in modern high technology manufacturing and industry.

The programme has considerable variety and offers career opportunities across a wide range of industry sectors, where qualified materials scientists and engineers are highly sought after.

Course structure

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.

All modules are 15 credits. The MSc project is 60 credits.
MSc: 180 credits – six core and two optional modules, plus the MSc project.
Diploma: 120 credits – six core and two optional modules.
Certificate: 60 credits – four core modules.

Full-time Modules Core Modules

  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)
  • Surface Engineering (SL)
  • Ceramics: Processing and Properties (SL)
  • Design with Engineering Materials (SL)
  • Sustainable Use of Materials (OW)
  • Metals: Processing and Properties (SL)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
  • Industrial Case Studies (OW)
  • Materials Modelling (SL)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)

Part-time Modules Core Modules

  • Ceramics: Processing and Properties (DL)
  • Design with Engineering Materials (DL)
  • Sustainable Use of Materials (OW or DL)
  • Metals: Processing and Properties (DL)
  • Surface Engineering (DL)
  • Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Industrial Case Studies (OW)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)
  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)
  • Marketing (DL)

Alternative modules*

  • Polymer Properties (DL)
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques (SL)
  • Materials Modelling (SL)

Key: SL = Semester-long, OW = One week, DL = Distance-learning

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


full time
12 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222 496