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Loughborough University

Materials Science and Engineering

UCAS Code: J502
Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Materials technology not otherwise specified
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
Average graduate salary
£27.1k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

AA including two from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, plus Highers at majority A and B grades

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD with distinction in Mathematics modules. Relevant subjects include Aeronautical, Engineering, Mechanical or Manufacturing

International Baccalaureate

37 points with 6 6 6 at HL including 6 6 at HL in any two of Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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


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


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 Material Science and Engineering degree course is a carefully planned academic course which meets the specific requirements of industry and the relevant professional bodies and in particular the MEng degree offers a fast track route towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Materials Science and Engineering covers all the fundamental scientific, engineering and design aspects of Materials, their structure, properties, processing, in-service behaviour and environmental impact. Materials are at the centre of any engineering activity and lie at the heart of research and development aiming to improve performance, efficiency, sustainability and hence profitability. Materials advancements are identified as strategically important to the UK and world economies. Materials engineers and scientists are involved with developments in high technology engineering such as aerospace, power generation, automotive sector and through all sectors of industry and consumer goods.


Year 1: Areas studied include materials structures and properties, processing and applications, CAD, thermodynamics, mechanics, product design, materials selection, and imagineering the future. All Materials courses have a common first year allowing greater flexibility/mobility. Year 2: Areas studied include materials in service, mechanics and fracture mechanics, materials modelling, processing, characterisation, group design project, phase transformations in solids, statistics, maths. Optional placement/study year: Year 3: Areas studied include composites, surface engineering, processing, functional materials, nano-materials, principles of materials, entrepreneurship and innovation, project management, industrial case studies (BEng only), substantial individual research project. Final year: Areas studied include characterisation techniques, materials modelling, industrial case studies, polymer engineering, energy materials, elasticity, crystallographic analysis, enterprise technology, substantial group design project.

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

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
6% 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 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £27.1k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


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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