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Loughborough University

Materials Engineering

UCAS Code: J500
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

82%

Subjects
  • Materials technology not otherwise specified
Student score
88% HIGH
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£26k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

ABB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Majority A and B grades, in conjunction with Advanced Highers at AB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

AB including two from Maths, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM with distinction in Maths modules

International Baccalaureate
34

34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6,5 at HL in any two of Maths, Physics or Chemistry

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

82%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The Department of Materials at Loughborough is in the UK top 10 in all the major newspaper league tables. They are ranked Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the Times Good University Guide 2016. Materials Engineering is a challenging, interdisciplinary subject offering considerable variety and exceptional opportunity for future careers. This course is a comprehensive programme of modules that delivers both theory and essential industrial experience employers seek from graduates. Through a careful balance of lectures, practical sessions and case studies, students develop a thorough understanding of the properties and capabilities of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. These can be applied to a wide range of industrial contexts. Students also learn how to develop and process new materials, which they can use within workable components and effectively drive new developments in products and technology. We strongly believe in the benefits professional institutes and industry bodies can bring, and finance membership for all students of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The course has also been designed to meet the current requirements of industry and to allow progression towards Chartered Engineer status.

Modules

Year 1: Mathematics; properties of materials; science for materials; thermodynamics and phase equilibria; mechanics of materials; materials testing and characterisation; experimentation and communication; management of human resources; accounting and financial management. Year 2: Advanced materials characterisation; materials in service; materials processing; polymer science and materials; computer applications and mathematics; properties of materials; thermodynamics and kinetics; mechanics of materials; international business; marketing; options: company finance; French; German. Year 3: Materials management; materials selection and product design; materials recycling and environment; fracture mechanics; project; optional modules: composites; physical properties of non-metallic materials; surface engineering; polymer processing; high temperature materials.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

31%
69%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
48%
45%
7%

Year 1

65%
32%
3%

Year 2

52%
43%
5%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 88% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

56%

Feedback on work has been prompt

56%

Staff are good at explaining things

93%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
31% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
20% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
15% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
388 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £26k MED
Graduates who are engineering professionals

42%

Graduates who are senior officers in protective services

4%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This course sits in a group of very specialised materials technology subjects, including furniture technology, engineering materials and gemmology - bear this in mind when you review the stats, as the employment prospects for each don't necessarily have much in common. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.
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