Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the Department

One of the UK's leading centres for maritime and engineering education

In 1825 we opened England’s first Mechanics’ Institute in Liverpool, teaching mechanics, arithmetic and engineering draftsmanship. In 1892 we made history again and opened England’s first Nautical College.

Today, the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering, which has grown out of both of these landmark institutions, is one of the UK’s leading centres for maritime and engineering education. We have an outstanding reputation for producing world-leading research and have business partners across the world.

Liverpool, a port city with one of the largest clusters of maritime businesses outside of London, is one of the greatest maritime cities in the world. Liverpool also boasts a thriving engineering and manufacturing industry. Our students, staff and researchers all benefit from being based within the heart of this maritime and engineering powerhouse. 

The future is what you make it

Watch the video to give you a taste of what we do in the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering.


Our specialities and research

Conducting world-leading maritime and engineering research

98% of the research submitted by the Department in the latest research assessment was considered world leading, of international importance or recognised internationally (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering’s key research themes include:

  • Safe maritime operations
  • Energy efficiency
  • Efficient maritime operations and logistics
  • Engineering and systems design
  • Advanced manufacturing technology and materials
  • Internet of Things

To cement our distinguished research reputation, we have developed an international network of knowledge partners within the maritime and engineering sectors. We also work with universities throughout Europe.

The Department leads the University’s engagement in marine and maritime research and, through its International Association of Maritime Universities membership, is connected to a world-wide network of 53 maritime universities from around the world.  

Read more about our research


of our research is world leading, of international importance or recognised internationally


of our Mechanical Enigineering students are satisfied with their course


LJMU is 1 of 6 UK universities with a maritime focus

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