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Engineering at Loughborough

Welcome Finding your way… If you enjoy maths, science and technology subjects and have an appetite for problem solving, a career in engineering might be the perfect choice for you. Engineers report some of the highest job satisfaction levels of any professional group and Chartered Engineers’ salaries are a match for other professionals like accountants and solicitors. Amazing opportunities will be open to you; engineers save lives, lead major technological breakthroughs, manage some of the world’s biggest projects and shape the future of society. At Loughborough we are proud of our reputation in teaching and research and major employers target our graduates because of their unique combination of transferable skills and technical knowledge. We not only offer you the biggest choice of engineering degrees in the UK but we also give you the option of a year-long, paid placement (sandwich) year with every one of our engineering degree programmes. With a Top 20 rating in the Times Good University Guide for the last eleven years, and voted England’s ‘Best Student Experience’ for the last six, our successes are plain to see. We know that deciding on a degree programme and a future career can be daunting. With so much information and so many choices before you, it can be hard to know where to turn. We hope this brochure will give you some clear direction about what’s on offer and why we believe Loughborough University is the best choice for engineering. Better still, come and see us for yourself on one of the numerous open and visit days we organise. For more information visit:

Engineering the Future of Train Travel The High Speed 1 – HS1 (Eurostar) is the UK’s first high-speed train line linking London St. Pancras to the European high-speed rail network – the first new British railway in 100 years. The line allows trains to travel at speeds of 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph). This makes it possible to travel by rail direct from London to Paris via the Channel Tunnel in only two hours 15 minutes. More recently the ‘Javelin’ service, Britain’s fastest commuter train, with a top speed of 140mph (225km/h), has been taking passengers from Ashford in Kent to London St. Pancras in just 37 minutes, and spectators from London St. Pancras to the 2012 Olympic site at Stratford in just seven minutes. Engineering feats such as these will provide broadly similar journey times, between the heart of cities, as currently provided by air travel. These new developments have only been made possible by bringing together the skills of different engineering teams.

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Why Study Engineering? Salary Due to their unique and specialist skills, Chartered Engineers command high salaries and enjoy an exciting and challenging career. According to the Times Good University Guide, along with medicine and dentistry, engineers are the top earners in terms of graduate starting salaries. Once you have reached Chartered status you can expect to earn over ÂŁ50,000 per year.

Variety and Challenge Engineering qualifications and experience are a foundation for many different careers. Engineers are involved in everything around us from developing the latest healthcare and household products, to innovating low-carbon technologies and materials. Engineers are called upon to help solve the problems of the modern world.

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Engineers need to have a diverse skills set; project management, team-work, leadership, business acumen and people management are all part of the job. A degree in engineering will cultivate and develop these abilities.

A degree in engineering presents wide reaching opportunities. The skills of engineers are in demand right from large blue chip organisations, to Third World countries. Engineers can work all over the world and make a global impact. All of the engineering courses available at Loughborough offer the opportunity to study or work on a placement abroad.

Recognition Engineering is a highly respected profession. Once you have gained your academic qualifications and sufficient professional experience, you will have the opportunity to become a Chartered Engineer, affiliated to one of the professional engineering institutions.

Imagination Engineers are the driving force behind our rapidly evolving world. Engineers use their scientific and mathematical expertise to solve problems and design innovative solutions – engineers have the opportunity to be creative.


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Best Student Experience Loughborough has been voted England’s Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education annual poll. The league table reveals the views of thousands of undergraduate students on the factors that matter most to them, from the quality of teaching to student facilities. As an engineering student at Loughborough we aim to provide you with:

The Best Experience for Employability

The Best Experience for Activities

A competitive edge over other engineering graduates

A unique Students’ Union with over 100 clubs/societies

Every single one of our undergraduate degrees is available with the option of a year-long, paid career-enhancing work placement.

Hot Air Balloon Club, Flying Club, Motor Club and Engineers Without Borders, are all popular with our engineers but there are of course opportunities to join clubs that are not specifically related to studies such as the Rawkus Street Dance, Surf, Skydiving and Cinema clubs!

Every year over 400 of our engineering students spend a placement year in one of 250 engineering companies. We use our close links with industrial partners to help students find placements which match their interests and ambitions and in some cases, students are offered a permanent job with their host company on graduation.

The Best Experience for Location The UK’s largest single-site campus in a central UK location As well as the University itself being centrally located, all our engineering schools/departments are conveniently co-located in the West Park of the campus so you instantly become part of a busy community of nearly 4,000 engineering students.

The Best Experience for Academic Life Highly rated departments In the 2013 Times and Sunday Times University Guides, all of our engineering schools/departments were ranked in the top 10 for their individual subject area.

The Best Experience for Facilities State-of-the-art labs and equipment

Internationally recognised research Loughborough’s engineering research was ranked in the UK top five in the Government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise*. Our engineering students benefit from the unique teaching and research expertise of our academics throughout their studies.

All of our schools/departments are well equipped with essential IT facilities and software for use during classes and personal study time. Many of our labs have state-of-the-art equipment used to enhance the learning experience and demonstrate the practical applications of theory learnt in lectures.

The Best Experience for Support Engineering maths support The University’s award-winning Mathematics Learning Support Centre offers dedicated resources specifically for engineers such as their ‘Engineering Maths First Aid Kits’, organised workshops, as well as regular drop-in surgeries where you can get one-to-one help.

89% overall student satisfaction National Student Survey 2012

* Based on 2008 Research Assessment Exercise Results (most recent available) – Total GPA for all Engineering Units of Assessments x volume of staff submitted. Data source: Times Higher (Based on GPAs for Units of Assessment 24-29 for all UK institutions.)


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The Campus

Focus on Engineering

The largest single-site campus in the country with 438 acres in a central UK location 10-20 minutes by train to Leicester or Nottingham Plenty of open space and sports areas


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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Civil and Building Engineering

Chemical Engineering

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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering Materials

All Engineering schools/departments are located together in West Park next to the Student Accommodation Village


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A Snapshot of Engineering at Loughborough Formula Student Every year Loughborough enter a team of students into the Formula Student competition. The brief is to design and build a single-seat race car to compete in a race series. The vehicle should cost around £13,000 and be able to compete to a high standard against other university teams from all over the world. Thomas Childs - Team Leader

“The Formula Student team at Loughborough has been competing for ten years and is entering its second decade on stronger form than ever. This year heralds an all-new car for LU Motorsport, its first in six years, bringing a 30kg saving over last year’s car along with rock-solid durability and reliability. The car utilises a T45 steel spaceframe, 600cc Honda motorcycle engine producing 80bhp, is completely bespoke to the application and built entirely by students here at Loughborough. We hope to finally realise the aspiration of ‘best British team’, and put in a performance for everyone to be proud of at Silverstone and Hockenheim.” To find out more about the Formula Student Team, visit: www.lumotorsport.com

Fighting the Superbugs Loughborough researchers have developed disinfection devices that can rid hands of harmful bacteria in seconds, without the use of traditional soaps, scrubs or gels. The devices bathe hands in a low-temperature gas plasma (a mix of chemicals that can be controlled to be harmless to skin). A 10-second exposure to the plasma can reduce the incidence of bacteria, viruses and fungal infection by a factor of one million. Also in development are plasma jets that can be placed into air conditioning units, which zap harmful micro-organisms as they flow from one room to another. This can be used to control the transmission of infection and could potentially protect us from superbugs such as MRSA and C.difficile. Loughborough is at the forefront of this new healthcare hope. The campus hosts the world’s first purpose-built, integrated laboratory to study plasma medicine. The work is being led by Loughborough’s Professor Michael Kong, a bioelectric engineering researcher and plasma medicine expert, alongside two US-based scientists. Researchers are in discussion with industry to develop these cleaning devices commercially. They could eventually appear in hospitals and care homes; protecting the vulnerable, saving lives – and the health industry billions of pounds in infection control costs. Find out more about degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at: www.lboro.ac.uk/elec


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American inventor Edwin Land became interested in polarised light and invented a material to eliminate glare in 1932. This is now known by the trademark Polaroid. These polarisers were initially used for sunglasses and science but engineers have since found other applications, including using them as major components of LCDs.

Concrete Creations

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Architects are creating stunning buildings with intricate geometric forms. However, many never progress beyond the designer’s screen because their complexity makes them too costly to construct.

The single-use plastic shopping bag is becoming a thing of the past. Oxodegradable bags have been adopted by some as a ‘greener’ alternative. However research within Loughborough’s Department of Materials suggests they may not be as green as they seem.

A revolutionary technique being developed by researchers from Loughborough’s School of Civil and Building Engineering could free architects from the restraints of current construction methods. By using additive manufacturing technologies, models created on-screen can be formed layer-by-layer into three-dimensional objects. Conventionally, concrete is poured into temporary formwork – an efficient method of moulding if the shapes are long, straight and simple. Introduce curves and complexity, and the expense rapidly increases. The Freeform Construction project has shown how very complex sections of buildings could be created without such cost penalties. Every section of a building could be unique if necessary – produced simply by calling up a new design on-screen and setting the process to work. The team’s work has generated interest worldwide. Find out more about degrees in Civil and Building Engineering at: www.lboro.ac.uk/civil

Researchers from the Department were recently commissioned by Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to investigate the environmental impact of oxo-degradable plastics. The study looked at how quickly – and to what extent – these plastics degraded, and their effect on the environment at the end of their lifecycle. The team’s findings, conclusions and recommendations caused a stir. Contrary to some claims, the study found that using additives to accelerate a plastic’s degradation did not improve its environmental impact. As the speed of degradation depends on the levels of heat and oxygen in the surroundings, the report suggested that oxo-degradable plastics could take between two and five years to degrade in UK weather conditions, meaning that plastic bags could remain as litter for this period. As a result of this research, the team has made a number of recommendations to the Government about this important environmental issue. Find out more about degrees in Materials at: www.lboro.ac.uk/materials

Where next? What do you want to do? If you’re not sure which department page to go to first – take a detour to the Subjects Table on page 24. The Subjects Table lists all of our engineering courses alphabetically – find the subject areas that you’re interested in and then look for the page number where you’ll find more information.


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Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Entry Requirements

Aeronautical Engineering

These range from an equivalent of AAA-ABB at A-level. Both Maths and Physics A-level or equivalent are required (a foundation year may be available for those with inappropriate qualifications).

MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

Key Facts Ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering. The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide 2013

100%, of those questioned said they were ‘satisfied with the quality of the course’*. UNISTATS (*Aeronautical Engineering MEng)

£25,000 was the average starting salary in 2011. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

97% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

Automotive Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees

What do Aeronautical Engineers do? This century will see aircraft technology continue to develop at a phenomenal rate. Recent developments include the design of more environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines, and the emergence of unmanned aircraft systems such as the BAE Mantis. Aeronautical engineers are involved in all elements of aircraft design and testing in both civil and military aviation. The UK’s aircraft and aerospace industry is the largest in the world outside the USA and is a significant driver of regional and national economic growth. Within the UK alone, the industry employs a highly skilled workforce of over 120,000 people.

What do Automotive Engineers do? Automotive Engineers lead development in vehicle safety, efficiency and speed. Production of vehicles such as the emission-free G-Wiz car and the Bugatti Veyron with its 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds, has meant manufacturers need to constantly develop new ideas to meet growing and changing customer demands. The UK has a vibrant and world-class automotive sector and is a major base for leading manufacturers such as Aston Martin, BMW (mini), Ford, Honda, Nissan, Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Vauxhall, as well as many leading component manufacturers.

Department facilities The Department is housed in a purpose built £14million facility that has extensive laboratories and facilities including: structures testing facilities; gas-turbine engines; eight purpose-built engine test cells with Lotus and Caterpillar engines; chassis dynamometer with CVS exhaust emission measurement and numerous instrumented test vehicles. The Department also owns a 30% scale wind tunnel; a four-poster full vehicle road simulator; a state-of-the-art six-axis motion platform simulator, with a visual system which can be configured for either aircraft flight or vehicle motion, and full vehicle acoustic (anechoic and reverberation) chambers.

Chartered Engineer status Aeronautical Engineering students carry out a week of flight testing on a Jetstream aircraft. Automotive Engineering students participate in a week of vehicle testing at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), this is unique to Loughborough students and also includes use of a full-scale wind tunnel.

Find out more at: www.lboro.ac.uk/aae

All of our BEng and MEng courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng satisfies all of the academic requirements for Chartered status while the BEng requires further academic study. The Aeronautical degree is also accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Where might I work? All of the Department’s degree programmes have the option of an additional industrial paid placement (sandwich) year which takes place after the second year of study. Employers of placement students and graduates include Airbus, Audi, BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing, British Airways, Cosworth, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, MIRA, Nissan, NPL, Perkins Engines, Peugeot, Rolls-Royce, Triumph Motorcycles, Virgin, Visteon and Volkswagen.


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STUDENT PLACEMENT VIDEO Chetan Kotur on placement with Cummins www.lboro.ac.uk/engineering/cummins

Get in touch with us to find out more – contact details on page 25


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Chemical Engineering Entry Requirements

Chemical Engineering

AAA at A-level. The Chemical Engineering degrees require a Maths A-level or equivalent and at least one from Chemistry or Physics (a foundation year may be available for those with inappropriate qualifications).

MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

Key Facts Ranked in the top three Chemical Engineering departments in the National Student Survey since 2005. Ranked 6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering. The Guardian University Guide 2013

£27,000 was the average starting salary in 2011. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

100% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

Chemical Engineering with Management MEng (Hons) A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees

What do Chemical Engineers do? The clothes we wear, the food we eat, the water we drink, the medicines we take, the fuels and plastics we use, have all undergone processing by Chemical Engineers. Chemical Engineers develop and create products that modern society depends on. They also help to sustain our modern society by managing natural resources, recycling materials and protecting the environment. To find out more about the industry visit: www.whynotchemeng.com

The Department The Department has over 50 years experience of teaching chemical engineering and is housed in a well-equipped building with impressive pilot plant laboratories and modern computing facilities. Our unrivalled reputation amongst top companies ensures that our graduates are always sought after by employers. Recent employment destinations for our graduates have included BP, Shell, Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Astra Zeneca and PepsiCo.

Chartered Engineer status All of our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng satisfies all of the academic requirements for Chartered status while the BEng requires further academic study.

Where might I work? All of the Department’s degree courses have the option of an additional industrial paid placement (sandwich) year which takes place after the second or third year of study. Companies who employ placement students and graduates include 3M, AstraZeneca, BP, British Sugar, DuPont, Exxon Mobil, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Syngenta, Total and Unilever.

20% of the Department’s research is classed as ‘world-leading’ (rated the maximum 4 stars). Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

The Department has strong links with over 200 external companies.

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STUDENT PROFILE Morayo Olumide-Diyan MEng Chemical Engineering and Management www.lboro.ac.uk/ug2014/morayo

Get in touch with us to find out more – contact details on page 25


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Civil and Building Engineering Entry Requirements

Air Transport Management

These range from an equivalent of AAA-BBC at A-level. The Civil Engineering degree requires a Maths A-level or equivalent and a second science A-level subject, (a foundation year may be available for those with inappropriate qualifications).

BSc (Hons)

Arrangements for sponsored degrees vary between programmes.

Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying

Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

Construction Engineering Management

Architectural Engineering and Design Management BSc (Hons)

Civil Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Sponsored options available BSc (Hons) – sponsored BSc (Hons) – sponsored

Transport and Business Management BSc (Hons)

Key Facts Ranked 1st in Building and 6th in Civil Engineering. The Times Good University Guide 2013

Rated 1st for Building and 4th for Civil Engineering for ‘overall satisfaction’. National Student Survey 2012

£25,000 was the average starting salary in 2011. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

93% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees

What do Building and Civil Engineers do? Whether it’s the state-of-the-art, 80,000 seater Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Games, the £5 billion project to widen the M25 or even the 16 billion litres of high quality water supplied in the UK each day – Building and Civil Engineers undertake major projects which shape the built environment in which we live, work and enjoy life. Working in both the public and private sector, and with architects, planners and surveyors, Building and Civil Engineers create, enhance and protect our environment.

What is Transport Management? Transport Management is the ability to manage every aspect of the movement of vehicles, people and goods, and provide the services that we use and rely on every day. This requires a thorough and practical knowledge of the economic, social and technological aspects of different forms of transport including, air, marine, road and rail transport. Transport Management skills are needed to organise and manage this complex network with maximum efficiency.

School facilities Our large open-plan laboratory includes concrete, geotechnics, strength of materials, hydraulics, structures, surveying, public health and building services engineering laboratories, along with support workshops and a computer laboratory.

Chartered Engineer status 95% of the School’s built environment research, and 90% of the School’s Civil Engineering research, is of an international standard. Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

Our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Our Transport Management degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Institution of Highways and Transportation. For further information see the school website.

Where might I work? Sponsorship opportunities are available with over 40 companies.

Find out more at: www.lboro.ac.uk/civil

Construction companies who employ placement students, graduates and provide sponsorship include Balfour Beatty, Birse, Bovis, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, Bechtel, Buro Happold Ltd, Scott Wilson and RPS Burks Green. Transport companies include East Midlands Airport, British Airways, First Group, easyJet and UPS. These companies operate nationally and internationally, and some of our students have opportunities to work outside of the UK.


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STUDENT PLACEMENT VIDEO Karl Pallas on placement with the Kier Group www.lboro.ac.uk/engineering/kier

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Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering Entry Requirements

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

The entry requirement for the MEng is an equivalent of AAA-AAB at A-level. The entry requirement for the BEng is an equivalent of ABB at A-level, including a Maths A-level and at least one science subject. A foundation year may be available for those with inappropriate qualifications.

MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

Key Facts

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Systems Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees

What do Electronic and Electrical Engineers do? The UK is at the forefront of electronic and electrical engineering design. Hand-held digital devices such as mobile smartphones, MP3 players, satellite navigation systems, as well as the latest fibre optic high speed broadband capabilities, have changed the way we work, communicate and socialise. Engineers continue to improve, develop and innovate in these areas. They are also at the forefront of combating the global threat of climate change by optimising the efficiency and integration of renewable methods of energy, such as wind and solar power.

Ranked 1st for graduate employability. The Sunday Times University Guide 2013

Ranked 7th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The Times and Sunday Times University Guides 2013

Attractive sponsorship opportunities are available from major UK companies and through The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Power Academy. 95% of the research is officially of an international standard and our current research portfolio is worth over £30M. Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

What do Systems Engineers do? The complexity of modern technology requires a new breed of engineer with the ability to take an overview and work with the bigger picture. These Systems Engineers analyse, design and integrate complex systems so that they work reliably and effectively. They manage the whole lifecycle of a system from initial concept to decommissioning. Systems Engineers were key in the development of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster and the Apple iPad. They work in every engineering sector: transport, communications, medicine, manufacturing, computing and more.

School facilities The standard of the facilities provided in the School’s laboratories is rivalled only by the UK’s leading research companies. The teaching laboratories are equipped with modern electronic and electrical test equipment and the computer laboratories provide access to state-of-the-art electronic and systems design suites.

Chartered Engineer status All of our degrees are variously accredited by Engineering Institutions:

£27,000 was the average starting salary in 2011. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

98% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

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The Institute of Engineering and Technology The Royal Aeronautical Society The Institute of Measurement and Control The Energy Institute

The MEng satisfies all of the academic requirements for Chartered status while the BEng requires further academic study.

Where might I work? We strongly support and encourage all of our students to take the invaluable industrial paid placement (sandwich) year. Placement providers for our students and employers of our graduates include Airbus, BAE Systems, BT, E.ON, Ericsson, Fujitsu, GE, HewlettPackard, HSBC, Imagination Technologies, Jaguar Land Rover, National Instruments, NATS, Network Rail, Selex Galileo, Siemens and Toyota.


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STUDENT PLACEMENT VIDEO Luke Ellis on placement with JCB www.lboro.ac.uk/engineering/jcb

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Materials Entry Requirements

Automotive Materials

These range from an equivalent of AAB-BBB at A-level. (A foundation year may be available for those with inappropriate qualifications).

MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Design with Engineering Materials MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Materials Engineering Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons) A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees

What do Materials Engineers do? Key Facts Rated 1st for ‘overall satisfaction’. National Students Survey 2012

Voted 1st in Materials for five out of the last six years. National Students Survey

When processed, the structure and properties of materials alter. We all trust a wide variety of plastics, metals and ceramics to perform well over a long period of time. Materials scientists and engineers work to expand our knowledge of the scientific properties of materials, which can lead to the creation of new products, even new industries, as well as the radical improvement of existing materials. From today’s ultralightweight carbon fibre Formula One cars to replacement body parts, materials and their applications are an important part of our everyday lives.

Department facilities

85% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles.

The Department has extensive laboratories containing state-of-the-art equipment in materials processing, testing, analysis, simulation and characterisation. The Loughborough Materials Characterisation Centre (LMCC), is considered to be one of the best suites of its type in Europe, offering specialist thermal, electron microscopy, x-ray and surface analysis.

Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

Chartered Engineer status

State-of-the-art, world class facilities, especially in materials characterisation and materials processing. Many final year projects are linked to real department research and some in collaboration with our industry partners.

All of our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng satisfies all of the academic requirements for Chartered status while the BEng requires further academic study. The Design with Engineering Materials degree is also accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers.

Where might I work? All of the Department’s degree courses have the option of an additional industrial placement year which takes place after the second year of study. Employers of placement students and graduates include BP, Caterpillar, Cosworth, Dyson, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Tata Steel.

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STUDENT PLACEMENT VIDEO Adam Kent on placement with Rolls-Royce www.lboro.ac.uk/engineering/rolls-royce

Get in touch with us to find out more – contact details on page 25


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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Entry Requirements

Engineering Management

These range from an equivalent of A*AA-BBB at A-level. The MEng and BEng degrees require a Maths A-level or equivalent, apart from Sports Technology which requires GCSE Grade A in maths, or AS level Grade C. Mechanical Engineering requires both a Maths and Physics A-level or equivalent. Engineering Management requires either Maths or Physics at A level. A foundation year in Maths may be available for those without the required qualifications.

BSc (Hons)

Further details, including other qualifications, can be found online or in our undergraduate prospectus.

BSc (Hons)

Innovative Manufacturing Engineering* MEng (Hons) – 4 yr sponsored programme with integrated placement

Manufacturing Engineering BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Product Design Engineering MEng (Hons) or BEng (Hons)

Sports Technology A year-long paid placement (sandwich) option is available on all degrees*

What do Mechanical Engineers do? Key Facts Ranked 5th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering and 8th for Manufacturing Engineering. The Times Good University Guide 2013

Ranked 5th in the UK for ‘overall satisfaction’. National Student Survey 2012

133 undergraduate students were placed in 83 UK / international companies during 2011/2012 on a year-long, paid placement. The Schools research portfolio amounts to over £50M of direct concurrent finding. 96% of our 2011 graduates in fulltime employment were in graduate level roles. Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines. If it moves, then the chances are that a Mechanical Engineer has been involved in its development. From the constantly revolving ‘pods’ on the London Eye to artificial heart valves, Mechanical Engineers work extensively across a wide range of industrial sectors.

What do Manufacturing Engineers do? Products such as cars, mobile phones and PCs are now manufactured in tens and hundreds of millions. With consumer expectations higher than ever, Manufacturing Engineers ensure these products are affordable and of sufficient quality. The global marketplace is fierce and Manufacturing Engineers with technology, management and language skills give companies a competitive edge.

What do Design Engineers do? Design Engineers provide the design expertise for companies with new product requirements, the engineering science to make the products functional and the manufacturing technology required to produce them on a large scale. Design Engineers develop functional products that are ergonomic, visually and aesthetically appealing, and that are able to compete in the global marketplace.

School facilities There are a wide range of impressive facilities, including laboratories devoted to materials, dynamics and control, sports engineering, thermofluids, internal combustion engines, healthcare engineering, additive manufacturing, mechatronics and nanotechnology.

Chartered Engineer status

£27,000 was the average starting salary in 2011.

All of our BEng and MEng degrees are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (and the Institute of Engineering and Technology for our Manufacturing degrees) for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng satisfies all of the academic requirements for Chartered status while the BEng requires further study.

Six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers From Higher Education Survey (DLHE)

Where might I work? All of the School’s degree courses have the option of an additional industrial paid placement (sandwich) year which takes place after the second year of study*. Employers of graduates include BAE Systems, BP, Caterpillar, Dunlop Slazenger, Dyson, Esso, Ford, JCB, Perkins Engines, Toyota, Triumph, Rolls-Royce and Vauxhall. * Industrial training integrated into the Innovative Manufacturing degree programme

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STUDENT PLACEMENT VIDEO Robert Manley 0n placement with Triumph Motorcycles www.lboro.ac.uk/engineering/triumph

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Placement Profiles I spent my placement year working as an Industrial Trainee Packaging Engineer for Smiths Medical at their offices in Hythe, Kent. During my time at Smiths we were thrown straight into real work which was very enjoyable and gave me a steep but manageable learning curve. The placement involved a lot of training, as being a medical device company, Smiths have strict guidelines for both report writing and practical work. I worked on major inter-departmental projects as the correspondent for the packaging department, as well as carrying out new projects of my own including the design of a new pack and introducing a new piece of testing equipment. My materials and manufacturing knowledge from my course was really beneficial when working on packaging design and development as I had a good understanding of the manufacturing processes involved. I enjoyed my placement so much that I hope to ultimately get a job in this area, either in medical products design and manufacture or packaging design and manufacture.

Jenny Wilson

Design with Engin eering Materials

I spent a year on industrial placement with BP plc in Sunbury-on-Thames, London. My main area of work was natural gas technology but I also worked on novel technology and oil related projects. I used a good deal of my academic knowledge in real work, everyday. My natural gas projects included thermodynamic calculations for gas quality purposes, modelling changes in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) composition and computer simulations of an LNG liquefaction plant. In my oil related work I carried out separation research, technical comparisons of plant designs, reviewed guidelines for writing operating procedures and I helped develop new software for equipment sizing.

l Benjamin Demico g eerin Chemical Engin

I really enjoyed the new engineering challenges the work offered me and the knowledge that my work influenced decisions in BP. I felt valued in the workplace and regularly worked with people from a variety of disciplines. A placement in a global energy company provided valuable experience and will certainly help me on the road to Chartered status.

I spent my placement year working for Taylor Woodrow on an on-site replacement Tesco store in Skipton, North Yorkshire. On site I was given the position of Assistant Engineer which involved tasks such as setting out, levelling, quality management and checking sub-contractors’ work. I was also appointed as Plant Assistant and Temporary Works Assistant. Having all of these responsibilities on site helped me learn a great deal during my placement year from methods of construction through to project management. The things I enjoyed most on my placement year were the practical aspects of setting out and levelling as I learnt new hands-on skills in this field and my confidence with the equipment grew dramatically. It was satisfying to be able to put into practice the knowledge gained from my university lectures, especially those from the computer aided design, surveying, construction and organisation management modules.

Graham Thornton

Architectural En gineering and Design Managem ent


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Graduate Profiles During my time at Loughborough I was presented with numerous world class opportunities that not only enhanced my specific subject knowledge, but also helped me to develop wholly as a person ready for that next big step. My role as project leader of a 24-person Trans-Atlantic team, designing and developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, was just one of those opportunities. The advanced skill set I gained at Loughborough has, without doubt, aided me in being selected for the coveted position of Cadet Pilot for the largest executive jet operator in the world; NetJets. My role is demanding, challenging and no two days are the same. The aircraft we fly range from 6 seat Hawker 400 types, flying mostly short European hops, to the 12 seat $60million Gulfstream G550. I have met so many interesting and influential people within my role at NetJets and the ‘life skills’ I developed during my time at Loughborough have been invaluable.

Daniel Marshall

Cadet Pilot, NetJe ts

Whilst studying for my MEng in Mechanical Engineering I was given the opportunity to take a DIS year working for BP. I was set straight to work helping to monitor, maintain and improve their fleet of gas turbines in the North Sea. This involved many trips offshore but before I could do this I had to go through the offshore survival course involving the dreaded “helicopter dunk” test. It was an incredibly enjoyable year and set the foundations for where I am now. After leaving university I joined the Siemens graduate scheme, getting involved in every aspect of the company including design, build, commercial and installation which culminated with six months in Iran installing our turbines at site. Now I am a Chartered Engineer in a customer facing role, providing solutions for oil and gas clients in Asia Pacific. It is a truly demanding job with lots of international travel and lateral thinking. Ed Jackson

ager – Siemens Area Sales Man

Two months after graduating with an MEng in Systems Engineering, I started work for the engineering consultancy firm, Atkins, in their Intelligent Transport Systems team in Epsom. The team work on the technology improvements that allow our road network to operate more efficiently. Working for such a large company offers me a variety of opportunities – at the moment I am part of a Systems Integration team working on a new road tunnel. This involves working with clients and suppliers to ensure the systems will function together by coordinating their development and installation. I am using skills and knowledge from my course every day, especially my experience of practical project work and systems engineering theory. I really enjoyed my 4 years at Loughborough, I found the course challenging and rewarding whilst finding time to make the most of the fantastic social life! Carly Norris

Systems Enginee r, Atkins


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Loughborough in the heart of the UK, at the centre of it all R St ailw at a io y n

NOTTINGHAM (16 miles)

DERBY (17 miles)

Loughborough University Campus

TOWN CENTRE Main Entrance

Glasgow Edinburgh 75 min

EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT (7 miles)

60 min

West Entrance

Newcastle

M1 (Jnc 23)

180 min

ENGINEERING LEICESTER (12 miles)

Belfast 60 min

Leeds 100 min

Manchester Dublin

140 min

120 min

Loughborough University is a 438 acre, single-site campus at the heart of the East Midlands, and being centrally placed it is well served by road, rail and air.

Liverpool 120 min

60 min

Derby East Midlands International Airport

Nottingham

Loughborough

The campus is just one mile from junction 23 of the M1 and the East Midlands Airport is just seven miles away.

Leicester

Birmingham 45 min

There are regular direct trains from Loughborough to London with a journey time of an hour and 20 minutes. Oxford 90 min

Main line road and rail networks link Loughborough directly with the rest of the country – wherever you live, it’s easy to get us.

90 min

Cardiff Bristol

London

180 min

Exeter

Southampton

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Frequently Asked Questions What are the advantages of having an MEng compared to a BEng? The MEng Degree is a year longer than the BEng and gives you the benefit of advanced skills and knowledge which is always appealing to employers. As well as improving your job prospects in an increasingly competitive market, the MEng is also the premier route to achieving Chartered Engineer status. MEng graduates therefore have a head start in terms of their career development. The content of the BEng and MEng courses are the same for the first two years but different topics are covered in the MEng courses from that point onwards.

When can I visit the University? There are university-wide Open Days often held in June/July and September, visit: www.lboro.ac.uk/opendays for more information. The engineering schools/departments also organise what are known as UCAS or Visit Days later in the academic year for people who have applied to them via UCAS. This gives you the opportunity to learn about the courses in more detail, meet the staff and students and tour all of the labs and facilities. In addition there is an annual event every Easter for Year 12 students called “Engineering Experience” which gives an insight into engineering at university. To find out more visit: www.engexp.info

What exactly does it mean to be a Chartered Engineer? A Chartered Engineer is officially registered with the Engineering Council UK and to achieve this status an engineer has to demonstrate certain abilities through education, training and professional practice. Chartered status is an indicator of your level of competence and your ongoing commitment to professionalism. Attaining Chartered Status has a major impact on your employment prospects and salary – and ‘Once you have reached Chartered status you can expect to earn £50,000 or more per year!’ (The Times Good University Guide).

Is it possible to transfer from a BEng to an MEng? To allow students to benefit from the advantages of the MEng, transfer is encouraged for those who have met the required academic standards at the relevant point in their studies. This can occur at the end of the First or Second Year (depending on the degree courses).

Is there any funding available? All of our schools/departments offer various scholarships and bursaries. Please refer to the ‘Fees and Funding’ section of the University website for more information.

Am I guaranteed a placement if I want to do a sandwich year? The placement year is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged by all schools/departments because of the many benefits it provides. A placement position is not guaranteed but in general, all students who go down this avenue are successful. The school/department staff are able to provide considerable help in sourcing and securing paid industrial placements.

Loughborough is well-known for its sporting achievements, will I have the opportunity to play on a team even though I’m not an ‘elite’ sportsperson? All students are able to try out for the Students’ Athletic Union teams. In addition, everyone has the opportunity to join their Hall of Residence sports teams if you are not a member of one of the equivalent University-wide teams. There are a number of inter-hall sporting events designed for people of all levels. There are also several cultural and social societies who organise a wide range of activities, allowing you to pursue any other personal interests – from breakdancing to hot air ballooning there’s just about everything you can imagine!

Will I definitely get accommodation on campus? Students who have received an offer from us and have firmly accepted it will be guaranteed a place in one of our Halls of Residence during the first year. Those who put Loughborough as an insurance place are next in priority.

What’s the town of Loughborough like? Loughborough is the largest town in Leicestershire with a non-student population of over 50,000 people. There are nearly 16,000 students studying at the University and so it forms a major part of town-life. As well as the impressive Students’ Union and other on-campus facilities, the town is geared up for the student population. There are a number of bars and clubs which have designated student nights. Also shops, supermarkets, food outlets and restaurants are all within walking distance of the campus. There is also an on-campus university bus service which goes direct to the town centre and train station throughout the day and into the evening.


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Subjects Table page no.

MEng (4yrs)

BEng (3 yrs)

Aeronautical Engineering

8

Air Transport Management

12

Architectural Engineering and Design Management

12

Automotive Engineering

8

Automotive Materials

16

Chemical Engineering

Subjects

BSc (3 yrs)

Placement DIS* (+1 yr)

Sponsored degrees

Foundation Yr Option

10

Chemical Engineering with Management

10

Civil Engineering

12

Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying

12

Construction Engineering Management

12

Design with Engineering Materials

16

Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering

14

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

14

Engineering Management

18

Innovative Manufacturing Engineering

18

Manufacturing Engineering

18

Materials Engineering

16

Mechanical Engineering

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(MEng)

18

Product Design Engineering

18

Sports Technology

18

Systems Engineering

14

Transport and Business Management

12

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Final Stop – Useful Information We’re at the end of the line for now, but you can continue onto the next stage of your journey by getting in touch with the relevant admissions contact. They will help you find out more about Engineering at Loughborough University, or visit the websites for more information.

Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering T: +44 (0) 1509 227200 E: aaeadmissions@lboro.ac.uk W: www.lboro.ac.uk/aae

Chemical Engineering T: +44 (0) 1509 222532 E: cg-admissions@lboro.ac.uk W: www.lboro.ac.uk/chemical

Civil and Building Engineering T: +44 (0) 1509 222637 E: civ.eng@lboro.ac.uk W: www.lboro.ac.uk/civil

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering 8

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Ch em ic al

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A Snapshot of Engineering at Loughborough

The Campus Focus on Engineering

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Bu ild in g

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Why Study Engineering?

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Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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El ec tro ni c an , E d lec Sy tr st ica em l s

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Best Student Experience

Ci vil an d

Materials Engineering

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Graduation Profiles

Frequently Asked Questions

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