Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Ergonomics (Human Factors)

We are pleased to offer 5 postgraduate taught programmes in the field of ergonomics and human factors. These programmes are awarded separate qualifications but share many core modules. This interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning means that students benefit from teaching provided by our specialist experts in each area, ensuring that they are trained to the highest professional standard. This streamed approach also provides a greater degree of knowledge and information sharing across the different aspects of ergonomics and human factors. The field of ergonomics and human factors is about ensuring a good fit between people, the things they do and the objects they use and the environments they work, travel and play in. The programme takes a scientific look at these interactions and applies theoretical principles, data and methods to ensure that design is optimised for human well-being and overall system performance. Joining us on this well-respected programme provides students primarily with a broad ergonomics education, with further opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest to them. Programme content has a strong practitioner bias where what students are learning provides vocational training towards a career as an ergonomist or human factors expert. As part of the programme students are also encouraged to undertake their main project in industry, providing realistic experiences and learning. The Master�s in ergonomics programmes comprise 8 taught modules, totalling 120 credits, and the core project module of 60 credits.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class degree or professional qualification in relevant discipline, for example psychology, human physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, physiotherapy, or industrial design and branches of engineering; other qualifications may be recognised; relevant experience is taken into account and other access routes can be considered by arrangement; applications are also encouraged from post-experience individuals who have been or are in employment.

Course modules

Core modules: introduction to ergonomics; human computer interaction; human function; data collection and analysis; environmental ergonomics; human factors and systems physical health at work plus a choice of 1 optional module.

Assessment methods

Coursework and examination, and project report including viva voce.

Sponsorship information

ESRC and EPSRC; each year, several different companies offer support to students undertaking projects with them; limited support may be available from the Department to assist with fee payment; EU students may be eligible for assistance with fees through the ESF.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 8 months
PgDip Part-time - 20 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU East Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01509 222496