About your course
Enhance your career prospects with this Masters in Manufacturing Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. This postgraduate course is accredited by IMechE, meets Chartered Engineer requirements and has close links with industry.
- Complete this masters degree in one year full time
- Accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and meets Chartered Engineer requirements
- Study at one the UK’s leading Engineering Schools
- Programme informed by internationally-acclaimed research in LJMU’s General Engineering Research Institute
- Close industry links and excellent career prospects
You will have access to our extensive industry-standard labs and facilities.
Introduction to the School
The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering has a long and distinguished history of teaching and research and an established reputation for producing excellent engineers and maritime professionals.
All of our postgraduate courses are taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship. Our teaching and research is supported by long-term partnerships with universities and employers in the UK and overseas.
Such links help ensure that our courses are kept up-to-date and that you have opportunities to develop skills and experience in solving realistic problems during your studies. It’s also why we attract so many applicants from around the world and why our graduates are highly sought after by UK and international employers.
95% of our research submitted to the REF 2014 category is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
Research in the Department covers the following areas:
- Microelectronic Systems
- Electric Machines and Drives
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Mechanical Engineering and Materials
- Process Control
- Logistics Offshore and Marine research
Why study this course at LJMU?
The practical elements of the programme are underpinned by the School’s research activities through GERI (General Engineering Research Institute) and staff industrial experience.
Studying with us could help you to:
- specialise in mechanical engineering to a Masters level and gain Chartered Engineer status at the same time
- change your specialism to manufacturing engineering from another engineering discipline
- gain promotion in your career
- gain additional manufacturing engineering skills
At the beginning of your Masters, you can also choose to take optional modules in Edgecam (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and CAD (Computer Aided Design) to prepare you for the high level application of these analysis tools during the course.
The Department has more than 200 workstations that include the high value computational resources you need as a manufacturing engineer. Workstations operate industry standard software worth up to £20,000 per license including Solid Works for CAD.
As a student on this Masters, the University will also provide you with a copy/license of the above software for your laptop or PC to help you work when it suits you. You’ll also have access to CNC machine tools, rapid prototyping (3D printing), robotics, laser cutting, laser scanning and plasma cutting facilities.
Throughout the course, you will be studying alongside motivated and experienced manufacturing engineering students with a broad range of background and employment experience. You’ll also have access to dedicated technical staff to help you with projects when you need it.
Programme outline and structure
The MSc programme will equip you with a range of skills and techniques appropriate for companies working in the field of advanced manufacturing and engineering.
These advanced skills will allow you to make an immediate contribution to a company's manufacturing capability and operation, and to ultimately progress into senior management positions.
The course is designed for graduates wishing to reach senior positions as engineers and technical managers in manufacturing process engineering, with particular emphasis on advanced manufacturing technologies and the application of advanced materials.
In addition, it covers quality engineering, logistics and management skills.
This programme builds on experience developed at undergraduate level and provides a progression route for graduates from relevant programmes in mechanical and manufacturing engineering.
Strong links with an Industry Advisory Committee, provide you with the opportunity to become part of local, national and international organisations and their networks.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Advanced Materials
- Optical Measurement and Inspection
- Manufacturing Process Engineering
- Manufacturing Management
- Research Skills
- Project Management
- Automation Systems
- Supply Chain Modelling
- MSc Project
- Advanced Engineering Design
- Operations Research
- Safety and Reliability
- Alternative Energy Systems
- Modelling Matlab and Simulink
- Programming for Engineering
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
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How will I be assessed?
You will gain knowledge and skills on this course through lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.
You will also have the opportunity to complete open-ended reports and project work to demonstrate your understanding of topics.
Assessment is through a combination of coursework including case study reports and assignment submissions plus short class tests. Some modules also include testing of problem solving skills through a combination of unseen written examinations.
Modules including CAD software and professional skills include assessment of your development, as well as, attainment in these areas.
Staff research interests
The School has an excellent record of high quality application-oriented research and knowledge transfer to business and is home to internationally recognised research groups.
Examples of current manufacturing engineering staff and student research through AMTReL (Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Labatory) includes:
- physical and empirical process modelling
- data processing material analysis
- functional surfaces
- intelligent sensors and instrumentation
- adaptive and intelligent control
- knowledge support system integration
- tool design and optimisation and emerging technologies
Researchers at AMTReL recognise the increasing need for improved industrial product quality and productivity. The institute also focuses on addressing the demands of a multi-disciplinary approach to advanced manufacturing technology, placing environmental sustainability and resource efficiency to the fore.
The integrated understanding of modern industrial processes has attracted a range of national and international companies to work with AMTReL, including Rolls Royce, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Element Six, Vibraglaz, Kistler, Holroyd, Ford, JLR, ABL, Finishing Techniques, Cinetic and Neuteq.
Entry requirements (Home)
An honours degree in a relevant engineering subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.0 (Min 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
Our postgraduates from this course are highly sought after by employers and many occupy senior positions within major UK and international companies.
We want to help you reach your potential and this course will develop both the technical and managerial skills you need to succeed in your career.
As a graduate from this programme, you will have the ability to integrate your knowledge and understanding of mathematics, science, computer-based methods, design, the economic, social and environmental context, and engineering practice to solve a substantial range of complex engineering problems.
As a result, you are more likely to progress quickly and enter roles in management and leadership at an early stage of your career.
Graduates from LJMU now have positions as electrical engineer at Papa Steel and a variety of senior engineering positions in sectors all over the world.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes