Taught course

Polymer Science and Technology

Loughborough University · Department of Materials

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent in a science or engineering subject. Applicants with a lower second class degree will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides professional training in polymer science and technology for graduates of science, engineering and technology subjects.

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.

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

  • Polymer Science (SL)
  • Polymer Process Engineering (SL)
  • Plastics and Composites Applications (SL)
  • Polymer Properties (SL)
  • Polymer Characterisation (OW)
  • Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (SL)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Biomaterials (SL)
  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)

Part-time Modules

  • Core Modules
  • Polymer Science (DL)
  • Plastics and Composites Applications (DL)
  • Polymer Properties (DL)
  • Polymer Characterisation (OW)
  • Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (DL)
  • Plastics Processing Technology (OW)
  • MSc Project

Optional Modules

  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW or DL)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)
  • Sustainable use of Materials (OW or DL)
  • Marketing (DL)

Alternative modules

  • Design with Engineering Materials (DL)
  • Polymer Process Engineering (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
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 222496