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About this course
LJMU’s long history of high quality masters teaching in Marine and Offshore Engineering will ensure you are prepared for a successful career in this growing industry.
- Study at one of the UK’s leading Maritime Schools
- Follow a curriculum accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Meet Chartered Engineer requirements
- Benefit from close industry links and excellent career prospects
This MSc programme provides the engineering skills and techniques you need to work as a specialist in the marine and offshore engineering field. On graduation you will be able to make an immediate contribution to a company’s capability and operation, and progress into senior management positions.
The course combines substantial marine modules with mechanical engineering options to produce a bespoke skills learning set. It capitalises on the demand for highly qualified postgraduates and maintains LJMU’s longstanding reputation for meeting the needs of the maritime industry.
Studying alongside students from all over the world you will learn about: safety analysis, design engineering, structural analysis, maritime law and insurance, quality systems and alternative energy systems.
Our highly qualified and respected academic team combine specialist knowledge with relevant industrial experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise, as well as our well-established links with the industry and the worldwide maritime research sector, will help to ensure that you are well prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of this expanding sector.
Elsa Rizkiya Kencana graduated in Ocean Engineering at the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia before joining LJMU to study for a Masters in Marine and Offshore Engineering.
A native of the Canary Islands, Tomas studied for his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering in Germany before moving to LJMU to take his Masters in Marine and Offshore Engineering.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
With an increasing demand for qualified experts in the field, you will be highly sought after by employers and you will have the skills to enter senior positions with major UK and international companies. A large percentage of Marine and Offshore Engineering graduates are employed by Lloyd’s of London. However, you will also be well-qualified for consultancy and government body work.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
Maritime and Offshore Safety Analysis
The module is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding to implement formal maritime safety assessment procedures. It enables you to understand and implement the requirements of formal safety design, assessment and review in marine, offshore and port areas.
This module is designed to provide advanced understanding of various offshore installation types and the engineering plants required to operate these installations.
Marine Design Engineering
The module is designed to provide you with an in-depth grounding of the typical practices and procedures that you will encounter should you pursue a career in the Marine Engineering Design environment.
This module prepares you to undertake your own research project. It also prepares you to undertake investigations, formulate a project plan, design experiments, mitigate against uncertainties and deliver a comprehensive description of the results.
This module aims to develop your ability to independently undertake, investigate and critically evaluate high quality academic research. It:
- enables you to develop a high level of subject knowledge and associated skills
- helps you to demonstrate your ability to drive your own thorough investigation and demonstrate critical skills
Advanced Materials Engineering
This module provides an in-depth understanding of the structure and properties of advanced modern materials together with techniques available for improving properties of materials. It aims to develop a wide knowledge of advanced materials and to study the materials selection process involved in the design and manufacture of engineering products.
Finite Element Analysis
This module extends your existing knowledge of the finite element method to an advanced level. It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the application of FEA to non-linear static and dynamic loading.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
This module aims to appraise and distinguish the features of high performance CFD codes and introduces you to some of the intricacies associated with the modelling of fluid flow using CFD. It enables you to:
- develop a critical approach towards the appraisal of CFD predictions
- explore the underlying theory of commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and to investigate their performance and reliability in engineering applications
This module introduces a set of fundamental techniques and tools to assist engineers/managers in making better decisions in real world management/business problems. It will teach you how to model an operational problem in your business or organisation, how to select and apply a quantitative method to solve it, and how to interpret the results to make a better management decision. The module develops your skills to apply research methods, modelling and quantitative techniques in an engineering context.
Alternative Energy Systems
This module principally aims to provide a relatively detailed insight into the spectrum of alternative methods of power generation including associated issues such as global warming and connecting to the national grid system.
This module aims to develop a sound understanding of the fundamental concepts of managing projects.
Modelling and Simulation
This module introduces Matlab coding for scientific computation, and system simulation using Simulink. It enables those with a background in using a traditional high-level programming language, but no experience using National Instruments (NI) LabVIEW, to create virtual Instruments (VI's) and interface them with compatible hardware for data acquisition (DAQ) and control applications.
An insight into teaching on your course
Teaching takes place throughout the week. Exact timetabled hours depend on the option modules selected.
On this course you will be taught by academics active in industrially-oriented research and scholarship, via lectures and directed student-centred learning, such as case studies.
Industrial visits are an important part of the course enabling you to understand developments in the market. They typically include: ports, ship visits, insurance underwriters (usually in London).
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
On this programme you will be assessed through open-ended reports, project work, case study reports, assignment submissions, short class tests and unseen examinations.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
David Allanson has worked at LJMU for 20 years as a full-time member of academic staff. He has undertaken research on a wide range of Mechanical Engineering subject areas. These include: manufacturing process modelling, intelligent and adaptive control strategies, tribilogical assessment of water lubricated stern tube bearing performance, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to the design of pharmaceutical drug inhalation and the development of novel optical and capacitive sensors. He currently delivers CFD modules and fluid dynamics and heat transfer and thermodynamics modules within the Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering.
As MSc students typically come from a wide range of backgrounds, it is very fulfilling to observe their development as they progress through the programmes. One of the most satisfying parts of my role as a programme leader is being involved in the delivery of engineering analysis modules during which students gain practical analysis skills and a robust approach to problem solving.
What you can expect from your School
The Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering is located in the Byrom Street site of LJMU’s City Campus. In addition to specialist engineering facilities, Byrom Street has high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus a large café and social spaces. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 honours degree
- equivalent professional qualification such as Maritime Coastguard Agency Class 1 (Marine Engineer) certificate of competence
- IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
- RPL is accepted on this programme
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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