For nearly 50 years materials science and engineering has been a core strength at Loughborough University and we have a longstanding international reputation for our materials teaching and research.
Why study Materials at Loughborough?
- 3rd nationally for research quality (REF 2014)
- 3rd in the UK for Materials Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2018)
We have contributed to the advancement and application of knowledge for well over 40 years. With 21 academics and a large support team, we have about 85 full and part-time MSc students, 70 PhD students and 20 research associates.
Our philosophy is based on the engineering application and use of materials which, when processed, are altered in structure and properties. Our approach includes materials selection and design considerations as well as business and environmental implications.
Our accredited programmes cover the most important materials used in the engineering applications of today and consider the development of materials to meet the needs of tomorrow. Accreditation by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) facilitates progression towards professional chartered status (CEng) after a period of relevant graduate-level employment.
Materials knowledge and skills are in demand across many industry sectors and job functions, and therefore offer some of the widest range of job choices for graduates. Industry relevance is always a priority and much of our research work and master’s degree projects are industry sponsored, with scientists and engineers from industry contributing to our modules.
Our research activity focuses on today’s global challenges, including sustainability, nanomaterials, composites and processing. We adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our research and frequently interact with other departments and Research Schools.