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Polymer Science and Technology MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Our Polymer Science and Technology MSc / Diploma / Certificate is designed to give you a broad understanding of polymer science and technology with a focus on the underlying properties of polymers in relation to their utilisation in industrial applications.

Polymer science and technology 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.

Taught by a team of international experts, the Polymer Science and Technology 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.

Our Polymer Science and Technology (PST) programme has gained an international reputation as one of the most comprehensive and in-depth programmes specializing in this subject area. The lecture content will be taught by leading researches and industrial experts, whilst state-of-the-art processing and analytical equipment, including those within our new polymer processing laboratory (recently refurbished in a £4M development) and the world-leading Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre, will be available for laboratory classes and major projects.

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

What you'll study

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.

Modules

Full-time modules:

  • Polymer Science (SL)
  • Polymer Process Engineering (SL)
  • Plastics and Composites Applications (SL)
  • Polymer Properties (SL)
  • Polymerisation and Polymer Blends (SL)
  • Polymer Characterisation (OW)
  • MSc Project
  • Optional modules
  • Advances in Biomaterials (SL)
  • Rubber Compounding and Processing (OW)
  • Adhesive Bonding (OW)

Part-time modules:

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

Optional modules:

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

How you'll be assessed

The full–time PST course will run throughout the 2018/19 Academic Year with a combination of compulsory and optional modules available to all students and all will carry out a major project. Each student will take eight modules, each worth 15 credits, with the major project carrying 60 credits. The modules will be lecture and tutorial based and with most modules incorporating laboratory classes. A part-time option is available which typically takes 2-5 years to complete and for which a number of bespoke Distance Learning versions of the Full-time modules are available.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Visit the Polymer Science and Technology MSc/Diploma/Certificate page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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