Automotive Materials (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS

Course summary

Automotive companies are focusing on developing new materials to keep up with policies and increased demand. This means there is a need for increased fuel efficiency and lighter vehicles, to meet new environmental regulations alongside delivering superior value to customers. Automotive Materials is therefore an increasingly important area of study as the industry operates to meet changing needs. The fabric that our vehicles are made of needs to reflect this. As well as maintaining appearance, functionality and safety aspects, all whilst keeping costs to the customer down. Our Automotive Materials degree combines the core elements of materials engineering with specific training of relevance to the automotive industry. Selected modules are taught in conjunction with the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. This course will give you the opportunity to explore and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the scientific, engineering and design aspects of automotive materials, their structure, properties, processing, and in-service behaviour. At Loughborough, this course will take you from the fundamental science and engineering of materials to the cutting-edge of the subject. During your time with us, you will have access to our state-of-the-art experimental labs to complement your lectures and will be taught by world-leading academics whose influence extends outside of the lecture theatre. In year three, you will complete a research project on a specific topic of interest supervised by a member of the academic staff and potentially in collaboration with an industrial partner. Backed by all sectors of the automotive and transport industries, this is the definitive course to prepare you for a career in an important industrial world market. Our Automotive Materials course uses the resources and expertise from Loughborough University as a Centre of Excellence. It is recognised as such by BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford Motor Company and Rolls-Royce. As well as national research and education leaders in materials and automotive engineering. It offers a special blend of materials engineering knowledge linked to an appreciation of vehicle and engine design, plus management skills and the international awareness that is required of professional engineers. What's the difference between MEng and BEng? The first two years of a BEng or MEng share the same content, format and structure, with a good mix of theory, application and practical content from day one. The MEng differs from the BEng course in the third and fourth years by offering the opportunity to study technical and management topics at a more advanced level. It is possible to transfer from a BEng to an MEng from the start of the course up to the end of the second year, providing that the transfer progression criteria have been met.


For a full list of areas studied, see the 'What You'll Study' section of the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework and written examinations This will vary from module to module, but overall the approximate ratio is 60/40 exams/coursework. Modules containing design-orientated work, individual and group projects are also assessed by oral presentation and in some cases poster presentation.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Materials, Minerals and Mining, Institute of

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Loughborough accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry as outlined on our website This information details the general requirements and should be read in conjunction with the information given for each course.

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English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £28600 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £28600 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fees stated above are for the 2024/25 academic year; fees for 2025/26 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. While the cost of your tuition covers lots of things, it doesn’t cover everything. For instance this course doesn’t cover the cost of any stationary, printing, books or re-assessments which you might need.
Automotive Materials (with placement year) at Loughborough University - UCAS