Taught course

Polymer 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.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Polymer science is a fast moving field that has had 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.

This programme is designed to give you a broad understanding of polymer science with a focus on the underlying properties of polymers in relation to their utilisation in industrial applications.

Taught by team of international experts, the programme covers the latest science and technology of plastics, rubbers and composites including aspects of nanotechnology and biomaterials. Lectures are supplemented by an extensive variety of laboratory exercises, spanning chemical and physical characterisation, and compounding and processing technology experiments on pilot-scale laboratory equipment.

Core study areas include polymer science, polymer process engineering, plastics and composites applications, polymer properties, polymer characterisation, polymerisation and polymer blends, plastics processing technology and a project.

Optional study areas include plastics processing technology, rubber compounding and processing, adhesive bonding, and sustainable use of materials.

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 funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months


part time
16-32 months


part time
8-16 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
(0)1509 223154