Taught course

Materials Science and Technology

Loughborough University · Department of Materials

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a science or engineering subject. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) will be considered.

Interviews may be held on consideration of a prospective student’s application form. Overseas students are often accepted on their grades and strong recommendation from suitable referees.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

This challenging interdisciplinary programme spans the major classes of engineering materials used in modern high technology manufacturing and industry. The programme is designed to meet the requirements of industry, where qualified materials scientists and engineers are highly sought after.

The programme encompasses all aspects of materials; their selection, manufacture, testing, assembly and environmental impact both during production and at the end of life. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), allowing progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.

Core study areas include advanced characterisation techniques, surface engineering, processing and properties of ceramics and metals, design with engineering materials, sustainability and a project.

Optional study areas include plastics processing technology, industrial case studies, materials modelling, adhesive bonding, rubber compounding and processing, and polymer properties.

Through a careful balance of lectures, practicals and case studies, you will develop a thorough understanding of the properties and capabilities of metals, ceramics, polymers and composites. This specialist knowledge can then be applied to a wide range of industrial contexts including aerospace, automotive, power generation and distribution, IT and manufacturing amongst many others.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
Total £9,000
International students
Total: EU £9,000 Non EU £20,500

Please see the finance page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


part time
24 months
full time
8 months


full time
4 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
(0)1509 223154