Taught course

Polymer Science and Engineering

Loughborough University · Department of Materials

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a science or engineering subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Polymer Science and Engineering programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of polymer science and engineering with a focus on the underlying properties and processes of polymers and plastics related to their utilisation in industrial and commercial applications.

Polymer science and engineering is a fast-moving field that has a major impact on the way we live. It allows us to develop ever more sophisticated materials to suit the needs of society and the planet.

Our programme has gained an international reputation as one of the most comprehensive and in-depth programmes specializing in this subject area. Taught by a team of international experts, the programme covers the latest science and engineering of plastics, rubbers and composites including aspects of nanotechnology, biomaterials, recycling and sustainability. Lectures are supplemented by an extensive variety of laboratory exercises, including those within our new polymer processing laboratory (recently refurbished in a £4M development) and the world-leading Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre.

Our MSc Polymer Science and Engineering programme has been designed to meet the requirements of industry and allow progression towards professional chartered status(CEng). It is fully accredited by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining. (IOM3).

Who should study this programme:

Our MSc Polymer Science and Engineering is suitable for science and engineering graduates who have an interest in polymers and plastics and want to gain a deeper understanding of them, with a view to increasing their career opportunities in this highly employable field. It is also beneficial to scientists, engineers and technicians in industry who work with polymers and plastics and wish to increase their knowledge in this area.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding information please look at our website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    16-32 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    8-16 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
(0)1509 222527