Taught course

Ergonomics and Human Factors

Loughborough University · School of Science

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant discipline or closely related subject.

Overseas qualification equivalencies can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

Our ergonomics degree will develop your understanding of the field across a range of sectors, examining how best to ensure a good fit between people, their actions, the objects they use and the environments which they occupy.

You will apply theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human wellbeing and overall system performance. You will also have the option to select one of the following specialist streams: human factors for inclusive design, human factors in transport, human factors and ergonomics for patient safety or ergonomics in health and community care.

Our master's programme is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) and as the CIEHF is affiliated with the International Ergonomics Association, our graduates are exposed to a range of valuable employment opportunities worldwide.

You will benefit from teaching provided by world leading academics, industry experts and specialists in each area to ensure that you are trained to the highest professional standard. Previous guest speakers for this programme include industry experts from Humanscale, EDF Energy, Rolls Royce and AMEC, as well as specialists in health and safety, aviation safety, environmental health, health practitioners and experienced lecturers from other universities.

Our Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre facilities (eg environmental test suite, light and vision labs) enable you to the study of the interaction of people with their physical environment. This is located in a specially built facility close to the main School building.

As well as the full-time MSc qualification (8 modules and project), this programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma (8 modules) and Postgraduate Certificate (4 modules). These can all be studied full- or part-time

Who should study this programme?

A unique aspect of our ergonomics degree is that the modules are block taught, meaning you will learn over a one-week intensive period of teaching in Loughborough. This flexible approach is suitable for those who wish to work full- or part-time alongside their studies.

Past students have joined us from a wide range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, including industrial design, health sciences, human physiology, kinesiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and branches of engineering.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 226900